Greg Orman would like to ban lobbyists and political action committees from donating to members of Congress while it is session.
Orman, an Olathe businessman mounting an independent campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, released a plan to reform federal campaign finance law Monday.
“Right now, a Member of Congress can be handed a check by a lobbyist as he or she is walking from their office to the Capitol,” Orman said in a post on his campaign website.
“This is deeply corrupt—essentially legalized bribery—and why 29 states currently ban lobbyists from donating during legislative sessions,” he said, vowing to support legislation that forbids senators and representatives from accepting campaign donations from lobbyists and political action committees while Congress is in session.
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The state of Kansas forbids lobbyists from donating to legislators during the legislative session.
Orman would also seek to ban federal contractors from donating to candidates.
He called for a constitutional amendment to overturn the 2009 Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which prohibited restrictions on independent political spending by corporations and labor unions.
A constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds majority to pass the Senate. Last week an amendment to overturn the court’s decision fell short with a 54-42 vote. No Republicans voted for the measure.
The Roberts campaign issued a statement saying that Orman’s proposal “amounts to changing the First Amendment, stifling political speech, and limiting the ability for hardworking middle class Americans to take part in the political process. He simply wants to clear the way for more attempts by self funding multi-millionaires like himself to buy Senate seats without opposition.”