Dean Phillips on Government Reform



Disclose all election spending, including online ads

Dean's Priority: Campaign Finance Reform: Dean believes we must shine a bright light on the massive amount of so-called "dark money" being poured into our elections. That starts with passing the DISCLOSE Act, which would require public disclosure of all spending in elections. Dean also supports the Honest Ads Act, which would apply the same disclosure standards to online ads that are applied to all other political ads and would help curb foreign influence in online political advertising.
Source: 2018 MN-3 House campaign website PhillipsForCongress.org , Apr 28, 2020

End "revolving door" between Congress & lobbyists

Dean will work to close the so-called "revolving door" that exists between members of Congress and individuals working in federal government who then cash in on their connections and influence by taking lucrative lobbying jobs. He also supports barring political appointees from lobbying for five years after serving in the Executive Branch.
Source: 2018 MN-3 House campaign website PhillipsForCongress.org , Apr 28, 2020

Backing bill to overturn Citizens United

Phillips is backing a bill that would overturn Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allowed more election spending by corporations, labor unions and wealthy people. Phillips said, "In order to preserve our democracy, we must come together to end the corrupting influence of money in politics--and we cannot do that until the Citizens United decision has been overturned."
Source: SW News Media on 2018 Congressional MN-3 election , Feb 1, 2019

Doesn't accept money from federal lobbyists or PACs

Key messages: Phillips said that he did not to accept money from federal lobbyists or PACs. He said that [GOP opponent Erik] Paulsen was ranked 6 out of 435 U.S. representatives for taking the most money from PACs, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Source: Ballotpedia 2018 Congress MN-3 Key Message election analysis , Oct 9, 2018

PVS:Regulate campaign donations from corporations.

Phillips supports the PVS survey question on regulating campaign donations

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-16 on Aug 1, 2018

Holiday on election day; revamp for easier voting access.

Phillips voted YEA For the People Act of 2019