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Michael Steele on Government Reform

Republican challenger, Lt. Gov.

 


I have to take money in small increments, in current system

Q: You accept money from the same special interests that you criticize.

STEELE: I�m working within a system that Rep. Cardin voted for and designed.

Q: Don�t we have a bipartisan mess?

STEELE: Yes, but I�m running against him. I can take $2100 from an individual and $5000 from a PAC. That�s the system he created. That limits my ability to get the money I need, because I have to take money in small increments. [Nevertheless,] 75% of my money comes from Marylanders, in less than $125 increments.

Source: MD 2006 3-way Senate Debate on NewsChannel 8 , Oct 25, 2006

Declines to sign Voters First Pledge for campaign reform

A national watchdog group criticized Michael Steele for refusing to answer repeated requests to sign the Voters First Pledge and urged him to sign it. In a letter faxed to Steele�s Annapolis campaign office, the Public Campaign Action Fund detailed the 7 times since June that Steele�s campaign has been contacted by national reform organizations about signing the Voters First Pledge. The pledge urges candidates to support legislation to make elections fair, enhance accountability and protect voters� right-to-know. Steele�s refusal to respond, as well as his television attack ads against his opponent that claim he will be a �different kind of Senator� who will clean up Washington, prompted the letter.

Rep. Ben Cardin signed the pledge on Sept. 5. Public Campaign Action Fund is a national nonprofit watchdog group that fights to pass Clean Elections-style public financing of elections, and campaigns to hold politicians accountable for the special favors they give to contributors.

Source: U.S. Newswire report, Public Campaign Action Fund , Sep 28, 2006

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