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Campaign Finance Quotes


"It starts with campaign finance reform." - Zack Space

"Let's face it, the subject of campaign finance is not always scintillating. But it's incredibly important." - Jane Mayer

"Well, paycheck protection is an important ingredient for a successful campaign finance reform measure." - Andrew Card

"We need real campaign finance reform to loosen the grip of special interests on politics." - Tom Daschle

"But having said that, what's happening with campaign finance reform and our political culture is devastating." - Robert Mcchesney

"But having said that, what's happening with campaign finance reform and our political culture is devastating." - Robert Waterman McChesney

"One of the biggest issues for me is campaign finance reform." - Cameron Russell

"Nobody wants campaign finance reform more than me. It would save me a fortune." - Andrew Tobias

"Let's not overlook, though, what we do know about the campaign finance scandal, and the fact the Chinese were involved in our presidential campaign and our congressional campaigns." - Fred Thompson

"The number one lobby that opposes campaign finance reform in the United States is the National Association of Broadcasters." - Robert Waterman McChesney

"The number one lobby that opposes campaign finance reform in the United States is the National Association of Broadcasters." - Robert Mcchesney

"I think we need to take on the greed of the billionaire class, a disastrous campaign finance system." - Bernie Sanders

"I find that students are very strong on my issues, stronger than anyone: anti-death penalty, anti-racial profiling, campaign finance reform, questioning the anti-terrorism bill." - Russ Feingold

"Maybe when they no longer receive Sierra magazine in their mailboxes, journalists will understand how campaign finance reform abridges free speech." - Matt Welch

"There's issue of a corrupt campaign finance system, where big money interests and Wall Street are trying to buy elections.Those are the issues that are resonating." - Bernie Sanders

"I certainly want campaign finance reform. I just wish this would do it in a way that would stand up to a constitutional challenge." - Ben Nelson

"Already, there is evidence that crimes are being committed with regard to campaign finance, and the FEC is unable to do anything." - Thom Hartmann

"Tom DeLay may or may not have broken campaign finance laws, but he did his best to look like he was breaking them." - P J Orourke

"Every major federal campaign-finance-reform effort since 1943 has attempted to treat corporations and unions equally. If a limit applied to corporations, it applied to unions; if unions could form PACs, corporations could too; and so on. DISCLOSE is the first major campaign-finance bill that has not taken this approach." - Bradley A Smith

"Now, in an analysis of campaign finance filings by Politico we learned the [Donald] Trump campaign has paid Trump businesses more than $8 million so far in this race, that includes $1.3 million in rent for campaign offices, half a million for food and facilities for events, over $300,000 for corporate staffers, and nearly $6 million for the use of Trump`s private plane." - Chris Hayes

"The next Republican that will win will campaign in the Latino community, will campaign amongst Asian-Americans, will campaign in the black churches, will campaign in college campuses." - Jeb Bush

"Our campaign is the opposite of 'competence.'" - William J Clinton

"The campaign commercials don't tell you anything." - David A Siegel

"I think the presidency is a bad way to measure the effective campaign finance, because in the presidency, there is so much publicity, there's so much money floating around." - David Brooks

"I think there are two basic approaches you can use for campaign finance. One is complete openness, everybody knows absolutely everything, but no limits. But you let people decide.The other is just have a national public system." - David Brooks

"Actually criminal sanctions that are given could be up to five years for violating the rules and regulations under the campaign finance reform. This is like the Alien and Sedition Act of years and years ago, decades ago." - Jay Sekulow

"Super PACs and a corrupt campaign finance system are destroying American democracy. We're proud that we have received four million individual contributions, more than any candidate in American history at this point." - Bernie Sanders

"In fact, corporate and union moneys go overwhelmingly to incumbents, so limiting that money, as Congress did in the campaign finance law, may be the single most self-denying thing that Congress has ever done." - Elena Kagan

"My issue with campaign finance is 100 percent disclosure. Wear a suit with patches from your big contributors. Depending on the size of the contribution, that's how big the patch should be." - Gary Johnson

"Scaling back the campaign finance reform bill may get more Republicans aboard, but it leaves many of us who have been involved in the reform movement for years in believing that we are doing something and accomplishing nothing." - Robert Torricelli

"Actually criminal sanctions that are given could be up to five years for violating the rules and regulations under the campaign finance reform. This is like the Alien and Sedition Act of years and years ago, decades ago." - Jay Alan Sekulow

"When you look at the money spent by labor unions for Democrats, it comes as no surprise the Democrats crafted a campaign-finance 'disclosure' bill with the thresholds adjusted to exempt unions." - Mark Mckinnon

"Unfortunately, money in politics is an insidious thing - and a loophole in our campaign finance system was taken advantage of with money going to existing or new 527 groups with the sole purpose of influencing the election." - Olympia Snowe

"What distinguishes the campaign finance issue from just about every other one being debated these days is that the two sides do not divide along conventional liberal/ conservative lines." - James L Buckley

"We have two and half million individual campaign contributions, more than any campaign in history." - Bernie Sanders

"Democrats' desperate attempt to focus on campaign finance reform instead of laws that may have been broken by the Clinton-Gore campaign is like Mike Tyson demanding a reform in boxing regulations after biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield's ear." - Cal Thomas

"Most Republicans are not prepared to stand up to the fossil fuel industry because they get a lot of their campaign funds from the Koch brothers and other people in the fossil fuel industry. That tells me why we have to reform our campaign finance system." - Bernie Sanders

"In love, as in finance, only the rich can get credit." - Francoise Sagan

"In finance everything that is agreeable is unsound and everything that is sound is disagreeable." - Winston Churchill

"The most productive system of finance will always be the least burdensome." - James Madison

"The arrangement bore the same relation to actual finance as fantasy football bears to the NFL." - Michael Lewis

"Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears." - Robert W. Sarnoff

"The State can always afford to finance what its citizens can soundly produce." - Benjamin Graham

"America today has insufficient savings to finance both crucial investment and its consumption of imports." - James Dale Davidson

"They can buy whatever brand they want. We will supply the finance." - James Wright

"Progress is cumulative in science and engineering, but cyclical in finance." - James Grant

"The finance enchains with golden bonds states and peoples, the economy becomes nomadic, the life uprooted." - Alfred Rosenberg

"The people who don't know personal finance have TV shows about it." - James Altucher

"It is usually people in the money business, finance, and international trade that are really rich." - Robin Leach

"It's much more straightforward to get finance when you have an Oscar." - Hugh Hudson

"Part of the reality is it's a much longer campaign, but everybody is faced with the same campaign limits as if it was a 36-day campaign." - Mark Marissen

"Republicans campaign like Libertarians and govern like Democrats." - Harry Browne

""It gets better." - On his campaign against bullying." - Sergio Martinez

"Do not run a campaign that would embarrass your mother." - Robert Byrd

"When I am the candidate, I run the campaign." - Richard M. Nixon

"We can't allow domestic violence to become a campaign issue." - Sandy Adams

"I never expected to be approached for an ad campaign." - Gary Clark Jr

"I took and received campaign donations under the existing laws." - Sheila Jackson Lee

"John Kerry's biography was central to his campaign." - Mark Shields

"I'm gonna say that I have followed every presidential campaign since the campaign of President [John F.] Kennedy in 1960." - John Lewis

"The plea agreement negotiated by Janet Reno's Justice Department with Nora, Gene and Trisha Lum is a hoax. It allows two key players in the campaign finance scandal to plead to lesser offenses and effectively concludes a serious investigation that, if taken to a conclusion, could have seriously affected the Clinton Administration's claim that it committed no illegalities in the campaign finance scandal. Nora Lum was a close confidant of Ron Brown and remains close to John Huang. Trisha Lum, her daughter, worked for Brown at the Commerce Department and worked on trade missions." - Larry Klayman

"We are very frustrated because we have a Supreme Court that seems determined to say that the wealthier have more right to free speech than the rest of us. For example, they say you couldn't stop me from spending all the money I've saved over the last five years on Hillary's campaign if I wanted to, even though it would clearly violate the spirit of campaign finance reform." - William J Clinton

"The reality is we that have a corrupt campaign finance system which separates the American people's needs and desires from what Congress is doing. So to my mind, what we have got to do is wage a political revolution where millions of people have given up on the political process, stand up and fight back, demand the government that represents us and not just a handful of campaign contribution - contributors." - Bernie Sanders

"I don't know if for sure in absolute terms if Jim Flaherty is the best Finance Minster in the world, but I am sure that he is the best Finance Minster per inch in the world." - Stephen Harper

"The reason that minorities and women dont have a better shot at getting elected to the Senate or to statewide office is because the campaign finance rules are so skewed as to make it very difficult for non-traditional candidates to raise the money necessary to get elected." - Carol Moseley Braun

"The bottom line is that if politicians weren't in the business of granting favors and exacting tribute, every single issue surrounding campaign finance reform would be irrelevant. After all, why would anyone spend money for influence, access, favors and tribute if the only thing that politicians do is to live up to their oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution?" - Walter E. Williams

"From 1976, Judy to 1996, we had six presidential elections. And it was run under the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 1974. In all six of them, every candidate agreed to limits of what he could collect in contributions and what he could spend in seeking a nomination. And they all abided by it." - Mark Shields

"It's just a lot safer to be an incumbent. So I think they have used the campaign finance reforms. They have passed laws that will help themselves stay in office. And I think that's one of the flaws that we do have in the system." - David Brooks

"School performance, public health, crime rates, clinical depression, tax compliance, philanthropy, race relations, community development, census returns, teen suicide, economic productivity, campaign finance, even simple human happiness - all are demonstrably affected by how (and whether) we connect with our family and friends and neighbours and co-workers." - Robert D. Putnam

"For years, liberals have demonstrated a near religious devotion to the cause of 'cleaning up elections' with campaign finance reform, the wondrous panacea that would finally rescue our great country from corruption in politics. ... How anyone could believe that corrupt politicians could or would legislate away their own corruption is completely beyond me." - Anthony Gregory

"There are two reforms that we need to restore our democracy. The first is campaign finance. We need to get the corporate money out of the election process. And second, we need to resolve the dysfunction in the environment. Looters are running agencies that are supposed to be protecting us from pollution." - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"The leftists are constantly whining and moaning about all the money in politics. They want campaign finance reform, right? They want to get all the money out of politics. They want government money governing campaigns. They want all the money out, they say. But then you look at their coffers, and it's overflowing with hundreds of millions of dollars." - Rush Limbaugh

"I think that the influence of people with power and money to distort democracy and have their interests served before the rest of the population is the biggest problem. That is caused by two things: campaign finance and the way that's structured, and by the Citizen's United supreme court decision. So those two things are keeping democracy from working right." - Shepard Fairey

"I have a lot of stands on a lot of political issues. I'm very big on campaign finance reform. I still think most Americans aren't aware of how the dumping of big corporate dollars and private donor dollars has totally corrupted the political system and taken it away from them." - Morgan Fairchild

"Campaign finance and ethics reform only works if it curtails all special interest groups equally and does not carve out any exceptions to benefit one party or another. 'Pay to play' reform was passed to limit the influence of big spending contractors over the public officials from whom they are trying to obtain work." - Thomas Kean Jr

"I admired the way McCain worked on campaign finance reform. I admired the way Nancy Pelosi stiffened the Democrats' spine during the health care debate. I admire the way Barack Obama has raised a dog in the White House without ever putting it on the roof of the car for a vacation drive." - Gail Collins

"Whenever I've taken a forum to talk politically, I've always had to be dragged into it. I'm not comfortable using the common political diction because it's so deadening. Take the phrase 'campaign finance reform' - you can't do much with that. I think of my politics as biblical politics: you shouldn't murder, you shouldn't steal, that sort of thing." - E L Doctorow

"The reason that minorities and women don't have a better shot at getting elected to the Senate or to statewide office is because the campaign finance rules are so skewed as to make it very difficult for non-traditional candidates to raise the money necessary to get elected." - Carol Moseley Braun

"There's always a lot that's making me angry, but it won't tie into the election. I mean nothing against Hilary Clinton. I agree with Hilary on most issues, but campaign finance structure makes me very angry, because it means that politicians are going to have to raise a huge amount of money, which narrows the field dramatically." - Shepard Fairey

"Romance without finance is a nuisance. Few men value free merchandise. Let the chippies fall where they may." - Sally Stanford

"Government is contemptuous of true religion when it confiscates the taxes of Caesar to finance the things of God." - Sam Ervin

"Life could not be entirely devoted to debauchery and monkeys. Magnus had to finance all the drinking somehow." - Cassandra Clare

"Finance is a slave's word." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"What we now call "finance" is, I hold, an intellectual perversion of what began as warm human love." - Robert Graves

"Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them. -SUZANNE NECKER, WIFE OF JACQUES NECKER, MINISTER OF FINANCE" - Michelle Moran

"The enemy's new strategy is to finance and organize various groups under the cover of women's or student movements." - Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejehei

"When there is hell to pay, it is usually cheaper to pay it than to finance an endless purgatory." - Robert Brault

"The world of finance is a mysterious world in which, incredible as the fact may appear, evaporation precedes liquidation." - Joseph Conrad

"If it isn't the sheriff, it's the finance company; I've got more attachments on me than a vacuum cleaner." - John Barrymore

"Back when 'social' had a broad definition, you could almost say that Yahoo Finance chat was the first social product." - Carol Bartz

"Americans understand we fight not a religion; ours is not a campaign against the Muslim faith. Ours is a campaign against evil." - George W Bush

"A politician taking campaign money from gamblers in Nevada is like one taking campaign money from the auto people in Michigan. Gambling is our legal business." - Paul Laxalt

"I'm very excited to be teaming up with Merck for the 'Lets Go There' Campaign. It's a really important campaign to me because it's something that celebrates women." - Joanna Garcia

"For many years, we have had these campaign finance reforms, and they have been failures. Money is more coursing through our system than ever before. Incumbents have used the laws to advantage themselves. And one of the reasons I think they have been failures is we have tried to crush down the money in places like the political parties, and it has squished out into opaque super PACs and sort of hidden channels." - Mark Shields

"I think what you`ve got are millions of people who are in trouble today. They really are. They`re confused. They`re working longer hours for lower wages. They`re seeing productivity going up but their kids are worse off economically than they are. They`re looking at a campaign finance system in politics and they see corruption, big money buying elections. Nobody in Congress is listening to them." - Bernie Sanders

"Some corporations don't want free markets, and they don't want democracy. They want profits. And they use our campaign finance system to loot our commons, to steal from our treasury, and the other shared resources of our community - the air, the water, the public lands, the wildlife, the things that belong to all of us that are held in trust for future generations. Corporations cannot act philanthropically in America." - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"Legislative action will never bring genuine campaign-finance reform. Consultants will prove endlessly inventive in gaming whatever system the reformers can devise so as to give their candidate an edge and allow the power of massive money to be felt. But reform laws will become irrelevant and redundant as the Internet replaces the special-interest fat cats as the best way to raise money and takes the place of TV as the most effective way to get votes." - Dick Morris

"Goldman Sachs was one of those companies whose illegal activity helped destroy our economy and ruin the lives of millions of Americans. But this is what a rigged economy and a corrupt campaign finance system and a broken criminal justice is about. These guys are so powerful that not one of the executives on Wall Street has been charged with anything after paying, in this case of Goldman Sachs, a $5 billion fine." - Bernie Sanders

"I don't make any apologies for what I do on the campaign trail." - George W Bush

"If we don't get reform in campaign financing, then we can write this country off." - Frances Farenthold

"Unless your campaign has a big idea, it will pass like a ship in the night." - David Ogilvy

"I think it's clearly the result of something that looks like a campaign." - Jose Mourinho

"We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers." - Mitt Romney

"The liberation of Iraq is a crucial advance in the campaign against terror" - Carl Levin

"A fish does not campaign against fisheries-it only tries to slip through the mesh." - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Every sweet, humble young model is only one campaign away from becoming a fashion monster." - Coco Rocha

"Use Campaign link tagging labels all for specifying slight differences in content for split testing." - Georg Cantor

"We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community," - Coretta Scott King

"I'm 40 and I just got my first beauty campaign with Clairol Nice and Easy" - Teri Hatcher

"Donald Trump bigotry, his bluster, his bullying, have become his campaign." - Hillary Clinton

"During an election campaign the air is full of speeches and vice versa." - Henry Adams

"Nothing brings closure to a campaign like opening it up again." - Jon Stewart

"Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been getting a lot of questions about his wife ." - Audie Cornish

"I never had meetings with Russian operatives or Russian intermediaries about the [Donald] Trump campaign." - Jeff Sessions

"It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign." - Richard Stallman

"During a campaign the air is full of speeches - and vice versa." - Anonymous

"I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it." - George W Bush

"We campaign in poetry, but when we're elected we're forced to govern in prose." - Mario Cuomo

"[Quoting a sign held aloft by a young girl during the campaign:] Bring us together again." - Richard Nixon

"I wonder if politicians know less about the land, now that they campaign by air." - Andre Dubus

"An American presidential campaign resembles a forced march through enemy country." - Lewis H Lapham

"We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community" - Coretta Scott King

"For me there is a vital connection between the Bihar calamity and the untouchability campaign." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Donald Trump has a great campaign slogan: 'A complex world demands complex hair.'" - David Letterman

"It's not as if our party has a leadership campaign underway." - Peter Mackay

"The pressure of the [election] campaign has a wonderful way of revealing your strengths and weaknesses." - William J Clinton

"I wouldn't say I was part of an anti-war campaign." - Robert Fisk

"I'm running against a woman who's got David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel running her campaign." - Joe Walsh

"I am not antigovernment. I would not run a campaign against government." - Jack Kemp

"In any human-rights campaign, everybody must do what they can." - Ian Mckellen

"I've been on the campaign trail so long, some of my wine has turned to vinegar." - Pat Paulsen

"I don't have to get married myself in order to campaign on behalf of gay marriage." - Edmund White

"The way campaign funds are distributed are all a matter of record." - Elizabeth Edwards

"Remember the No campaign is Conservative people, Labour people, people of no party." - William Hague

"I always imagined how cool it would be to be the face of a Gap campaign!" - Theophilus London

"I am honored to be here as co-chair of President Obama's re-election campaign." - Eva Longoria

"I'm a chairperson for 'No Kid Hungry', a campaign for poor American children." - Jeff Bridges

"Ultimately, the question of campaign contributions will be decided by the public." - Stephen Breyer

"What's both fascinating and challenging about investing is that the changing nature of business and finance means you can never have it all figured out." - Whitney Tilson

"I think there are too many smart people pursuing internet stuff, finance, and law. That is part of the reason why we haven't seen as much innovation." - Elon Musk

"The great leaders of business, industry and finance, and the great artists, poets, musicians and writers all became great because they developed the power of self-motivation ." - Napoleon Hill

"If you do movies that are modestly budgeted, the way they finance them is they figure out how they can sell them." - Christopher Walken

"But, if recent history has taught us anything, it's that self-regulation doesn't work in finance, and that worries about reputation are a weak deterrent to corporate malfeasance." - James Surowiecki

"God's Word is your owner's manual for life. It contains principles for health, finance, marriage, other relationships, business, and much more." - Rick Warren

"I dont plan on going back to legal work. I wanted an international career, and finance seemed to be where some interesting career opportunities were." - Nick Johnson

"I am honored and lucky to be one of the first films funded by Gamechanger Films, a consortium of investors who finance movies directed by women." - Karyn Kusama

"The freedom of speech of private individuals includes the right to not agree, not to listen, and not to finance one's own antagonists." - Ayn Rand

"Every year the international finance system kills more people than the Second World War. But at least Hitler was mad, you know." - Ken Livingstone

"I delivered lectures, and I was also a consultant for international companies in finance, both private equity and big venture capital funds." - Ehud Barak

"You can be this super-successful woman who's smart and effective but still feminine. When I worked in finance, I didn't always think that was possible." - Ruzwana Bashir



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