WASHINGTON, DC – Two of the Katy areas Republican Representatives in Congress are blasting a plan put forward by the House Democrats Sweeping Anti-Corruption Legislation
Olson says it could tinker with the voting system in a very dangerous way because he says it forces states to count provisional ballots cast outside of the voter’s correct precinct which will inevitably result in the election of candidates at the state and local level by non-qualified residents.
Congressman Pete Olson says the bill will create a 6:1 government match to any small donor contributions of $200 or less in a congressional or presidential campaign, meaning for every $200, the federal government would match $1,200.
“This bill damages the integrity of our political system by funneling money into election cycles with a six to one government match for any contribution under $200 to a political campaign” Congressman Pete Olson said. “The taxpayers should not be forced to contribute to political campaigns he added.
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“The ‘Democrat Politician Protection Act’ is a colossal Washington-knows-best, one-size-fits-all power grab intended to do one thing: serve the interests of politicians, not the American people,” said Congressman Michael McCaul.
“I support encouraging citizens to exercise their right to register and vote in their local, state, and federal elections,” McCaul said. “What I do not support is funneling hard-earned taxpayer dollars into a political slush fund for politicians and their partisan priorities. Nor do I support imposing additional unfunded regulations from Washington and further infringing on state and local authorities.
Katy’s two Republican congressional representatives don’t often issue statements on the same bills, but this one has clearly angered both of them.
“This sweeping 571-page piece of legislation will inhibit the integrity of our nation’s electoral process and undermine states’ ability to manage their elections,” McCaul said. “This bill rigs the Federal Election Commission into a prejudicial, political apparatus, limits free speech, exposes our election system to more fraud, and forces the American people to subsidize campaigns they do not support.”
Olson went further, claiming the Democrats are attempting to encourage lawlessness.
“Every vote is sacred, which is why we must protect against fraud. By removing states’ ability to prosecute fraudulent voters, Democrats are essentially encouraging folks to break the law! I hope my Senate colleagues reject this mockery of free and fair elections,” Olson said.
Democrats see things differently.
“This is about instilling the confidence of the American people in the political process, in what happens in government, that it is the people’s interests that are being served,” Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
“It’s going to become, I believe, a marker of what the Democratic brand is,” said Democratic Congressman John Sarbanes, of Maryland told the New York Times. “We stand for reform, we stand for democracy, we stand for cleaning up our politics.”
“What it really is is a bill designed to make it more likely that Democrats win more often,” said Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Normally on the opposite sides of most issues, even the American Civil Liberties Union is siding with Republican’s urged members to oppose the legislation because of the impact the organization feels it will have on free speech.
Republican minority whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana said the bill would turn the Federal Election Commission “into a ‘speech czar’ enforcing Democrats’ vague definition of ‘campaign-related speech.”