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  • Latest Action: Jul 30, 2009 Committee Hearings Held.

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  • 95% of users support H.R.1826

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    OpenCongress Bill Summary

    • This bill would establish a public funding system for House elections and outlines eligibility and contribution requirements, as well as prohibitions such as those on joint fundraising committees. The same system put forth in S.752 with regard to House elections.

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    • Consumer Watchdog

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    • Heritage Foundation

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    • Center for Competitive Politics

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    Highest Rated User Comments

    • On January 11, 2010, by KaiserKuchen - I support this bill because it is a step in the right direction. The bill is not perfect, not that any bill is, but it is important. I have read it and went to the committee hearing in DC in July for this bill. As I understand it, if you can get the minimum required signatures you will be eligible for funding. If your opponent does not participate in the system, the system will fund you more to make it a fairer race. Plus, if I'm running under this system and my opponent isn't, it gives me something to bring up in debates/ads. I can say hey look I'm here working for the people while my opponent is working for these special interests. True or not, you could bring that up. That is how political ads work anyway.

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      As noted by KaiserKuchen, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 11, 2010, "I support this bill because it is a step in the right direction. The bill is not perfect, not that any bill is, but it is important. I have read it and went to the committee hearing in DC in July for this bill. As I understand it, if you can get the minimum required signatures you will be eligible for funding. If your opponent does not participate in the system, the system will fund you more to make it a fairer race. Plus, if I'm running under this system and my opponent isn't, it gives me something to bring up in debates/ads. I can say hey look I'm here working for the people while my opponent is working for these special interests. True or not, you could bring that up. That is how political ads work anyway."
    • On January 11, 2010, by mkail666 - I would like to see some actual comments as to why so many people support this bill. From what I understand this "Fair Election System" would be optional. In some cases a candidate would be better off not opting into this system. If all candidates did opt into this system, the matching payments would increase the disparity between them, not reduce it. Also, the language in this bill does not guarantee matching funds to all willing participants (i.e. third parties) and the requirements for qualification could be hard to meet by even Republicans and Democrats.

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      As noted by mkail666, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 11, 2010, "I would like to see some actual comments as to why so many people support this bill. From what I understand this "Fair Election System" would be optional. In some cases a candidate would be better off not opting into this system. If all candidates did opt into this system, the matching payments would increase the disparity between them, not reduce it. Also, the language in this bill does not guarantee matching funds to all willing participants (i.e. third parties) and the requirements for qualification could be hard to meet by even Republicans and Democrats."
    • On January 25, 2010, by spender - Well, Article I, Section IV says: "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Place of Choosing Senators." The question then becomes how do you define the "Manner." It's an unfortunately vague word.

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      As noted by spender, a user on OpenCongress.org, on January 25, 2010, "Well, Article I, Section IV says: "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Place of Choosing Senators." The question then becomes how do you define the "Manner." It's an unfortunately vague word."

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • H.R.1826: To amend title 38, United States Code, to ... - OpenCongress - May 10, 2011 by opencongress.org - Or, if you know of a news article about this bill to display here, email us the web address of this page and the web address of your suggested news article: Our editorial team will post relevant links as quickly as ...

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      As noted by opencongress.org on May 10, 2011, "Or, if you know of a news article about this bill to display here, email us the web address of this page and the web address of your suggested news article: Our editorial team will post relevant links as quickly as ..." (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h1826/show)
    • 10 Unpopular Bills That We'll Be Seeing Again Next Year - Blog ... - December 29, 2010 by Open Congress : Blog - Probably won't see anything like H.R.1826 - Fair Elections Now Act nor H.R.4983 - Transparency in Government Act. H.R.1207 - Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 might get fleshed out with Rep.Paul's new chairmanship. ...

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      As noted by Open Congress : Blog on December 29, 2010, "Probably won't see anything like H.R.1826 - Fair Elections Now Act nor H.R.4983 - Transparency in Government Act. H.R.1207 - Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009 might get fleshed out with Rep.Paul's new chairmanship. ..." (http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/2152-10-Unpopular-Bills-That-We-ll-Be-Seeing-Again-Next-Year)
    • A Free America: You Decide: Drug Industry Fraud - December 28, 2010 by A Free America: You Decide - ... Civil Liberties Defense Center · Democracy Now · Fight The 'Too Big To Fail' Financial Institutions · News Junkie Post · Pro Publica-Journalism in the public interest · Source Watch · The Fair Elections

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      As noted by A Free America: You Decide on December 28, 2010, "... Civil Liberties Defense Center · Democracy Now · Fight The 'Too Big To Fail' Financial Institutions · News Junkie Post · Pro Publica-Journalism in the public interest · Source Watch · The Fair Elections" (http://landofthenotsofree.blogspot.com/2010/12/drug-industry-fraud.html)

    Highly Rated News Articles

    • Pearl Korn: The DNC, DCCC and DSCC Need Makeovers - May 18, 2010 by Huffington Post - ...and Congress. Republicans are masters of this, but Dems still don't get it. 2. Dems must pass the Fair Elections Now Act (S.752, H.R.1826; find out more at http://www.fairelectionsnow.org/), which would help level the playing field for new candidates, p

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      As noted by Huffington Post on May 18, 2010, "...and Congress. Republicans are masters of this, but Dems still don't get it. 2. Dems must pass the Fair Elections Now Act (S.752, H.R.1826; find out more at http://www.fairelectionsnow.org/), which would help level the playing field for new candidates, p" (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pearl-korn/the-dnc-dcc-and-dscc-need_b_581391.html)
    • Frances Moore Lappe: Justice Thomas' Reasoning -- Dangerous for Democracy - February 07, 2010 by Huffington Post - ...not. One immediate step we can take right now step is to ensure passage of the bipartisan Fair Elections Now Act--S.752, H.R.1826. It establishes a workable system of small donations combined with voluntary public financing for congressional races. It b

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      As noted by Huffington Post on February 07, 2010, "...not. One immediate step we can take right now step is to ensure passage of the bipartisan Fair Elections Now Act--S.752, H.R.1826. It establishes a workable system of small donations combined with voluntary public financing for congressional races. It b" (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frances-moore-lappe/justice-thomas-reasoning_b_454001.html)
    • SPIN METER: Pols cool to public-financed campaigns - February 02, 2010 by WBAY-TV - ...Bush and Obama - weren't punished for it by voters. They were elected president. ___ On the Net: Read the bills, S.752 and H.R.1826, at http://thomas.loc.gov/ Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,

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      As noted by WBAY-TV on February 02, 2010, "...Bush and Obama - weren't punished for it by voters. They were elected president. ___ On the Net: Read the bills, S.752 and H.R.1826, at http://thomas.loc.gov/ Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, " (http://www.wbay.com/global/story.asp?s=11924070)
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