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Joe Sestak

Supports 12 of 17 reforms
Democratic candidate for President

As a candidate for President, I pledge to…

Your conduct on the campaign trail shows voters where your commitments are for transparency, accountability and ethics…

Reject SuperPACs Publicly disavow and reject support from Super PACs and other independent expenditure groups that let special interests funnel millions of dollars into our elections.

Yes

Release Tax Returns Release the past decade’s worth of your personal and business tax returns to the public, so voters can be aware of any financial entanglements and potential conflicts of interest.

Yes

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Resolve Conflicts of Interest Pledge to identify and resolve any conflicts of interest for yourself, top campaign officials, and Cabinet appointees by undergoing ethics vetting by an independent third-party during a presidential transition.

Yes

Highlight Democracy Issues Highlight democracy issues -- voting rights, ending gerrymandering, and curbing big money in politics -- in your platform, campaign materials, website and stump speeches, drawing connections between democracy and other issues you discuss.

Yes

Rely On Small Donors, Not Big Money Pledge to fund your campaign primarily with small-dollar donations of $200 or less, so that you are accountable to ordinary supporters, not wealthy special interests, and refuse to grant special access to high-dollar donors and bundlers.

Yes

Disclose Who Funds Your Campaign Publicly disclose the identities of bundlers (supporters who solicit high-dollar donations on a candidate’s behalf) and the amounts they raised, so access to your campaign cannot be bought in secret -- and support legislation to make such disclosure mandatory.

No response

If elected President, I will endorse, prioritize and work aggressively to...

Leading our country means leading the way forward for a strong, accessible, and representative democracy for every American…

Enact The For the People Act Enact the full slate of common sense reforms in the For the People Act, including Automatic Voter Registration, citizen-funded elections, and impartial redistricting commissions, and support restoring the Voting Rights Act’s full protections.

Yes

Fix The Senate Filibuster End the legislative filibuster, enacting Senate rules changes to ensure that a minority of Senators can’t shut down all action on legislation and judicial nominees.

No response

Restore Voting For Currently & Formerly Incarcerated Citizens Ensure full voting rights for every American citizen, including those who are currently incarcerated, on parole, or have prior felony convictions.

No response

Win Equal Representation For D.C. Grant full rights of statehood, including voting Congressional representation and self-determination for the District of Columbia.

Yes

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Fix The Broken Electoral College Pass the National Popular Vote interstate compact to fix the broken Electoral College and ensure voters in all 50 states have a say in presidential elections.

Yes

By the end of my first year in office, I pledge to…

The next President will have the power to take concrete action that will repair and strengthen our democratic institutions…

Appoint An Attorney General Who Will Protect Voters Appoint an Attorney General who will protect voters by adding vote-suppressing jurisdictions into the Voting Rights Act’s preclearance process -- and will enforce campaign finance and ethics laws that protect our democracy.

Yes

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Restore Net Neutrality & Stop Media Mergers Appoint a Federal Communications Commission chair who will restore the 2015 Net Neutrality rules, block monopolistic mergers by media and telecom corporations, and protect the Lifeline program that helps low-income Americans afford broadband Internet.

Yes

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Staff Agencies To Protect Democracy Fully and capably staff executive agencies that protect our democracy, including a Federal Election Commission that will enforce campaign finance laws, a Securities and Exchange Commission that will shine a light on corporate political influence, and an Election Assistance Commission that will help voters in all 50 states exercise their rights.

Yes

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Appoint A "Democracy Czar" Appoint a “democracy czar” in your administration who is tasked with restoring public confidence in our democracy and its ability to represent us.

No response

Require Federal Contractor Disclosure Issue an executive order requiring corporations that do business with the federal government to disclose their political spending, protecting our right to know who is using taxpayer dollars to influence our elections.

No response

Close The "Revolving Door" Close the “revolving door” in Washington by restricting for-profit corporate lobbyists from working in the White House, banning “golden parachute” payouts for appointees from the private sector, and fully complying with all Office of Government Ethics guidelines.

Yes

Additional Comments

Common Cause members and the public are interested to know where you stand on additional democracy ideas that some candidates have proposed, like reforming the Supreme Court, lowering the voting age, or expanding voting rights to non-citizens. What do you think about these reforms? And are there any other ways you want to make our democracy more representative, reflective, accessible, or accountable?

Response

While I am open to certain ideas related to reforming the Supreme Court, I do not support "packing" the court. I also do not support lowering the voting age, though I have not entirely ruled out supporting it in the future. I do not believe non-citizens should have the right to vote. I have offered a range of policy ideas on Government and Electoral Reform as part of my Plan for America on JoeSestak.com.

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