Tim was leader in refusing PAC dollars

Tim was leader in refusing PAC dollars

From the start of his campaign, Tim has refused to accept money from special interests and political action committees.

“I have put some of my own money into the campaign and I am relying on regular South Dakotans who will support a candidate who won’t be owned by anyone, and every day will do the business of the people,” he said. “I solemnly promise that I will not bow to the big money that controls Washington. If I had to raise money that way in order to win, I’d rather stay home because  I wouldn’t be any more effective for the people than those we now send.”

A growing number of candidates are taking that same stand against the cronyism, corruption and careerism that has bogged Congress down into a Swamp of ineffectiveness and political gamesmanship.

That is not how Tim is elected when he gets to Washington. A New York Times story out Monday, Aug. 13, shows that Tim was ahead of the curve on this issue.

“Campaign finance was once famously dismissed by Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, as being of no greater concern to American voters than ‘static cling,’” the story stated. “But since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010 opened the floodgates for unrestricted political spending, polls have shown that voters are growing increasingly bitter about the role of money in politics.

“The issue is now emerging in midterm races around the country, with dozens of Democrats rejecting donations from political action committees, or PACs, that are sponsored by corporations or industry groups.”

To read Tim’s op-ed on the need for congressional reform, click here.

To read The New York Times story, click here