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  1. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: In light of the announcement of the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, Sen. Rachael Lehman of Wisconsin denounced the idea of "another Scalia-Thomas pick" to serve on the Supreme Court. Speaking to reporters at Capitol Hill, Senator Lehman had this to say: "With Justice Kennedy planning to retire, I join the calls of my colleagues to put forth a bipartisan, mainstream nominee for the seat and not another pick in the mold of Thomas or Scalia. I'll happily give my fair warning to the President that progressives will not accept another conservative extremist that will move this country backwards and away from the progress we've fought so hard to create and to keep. I've been willing to support him on issues where both our agendas align, such as jobs, infrastructure, and international trade, so I'm hopefully that he will do the same on this issue."
  2. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Today Sen. Rachael Lehman (D-WI) introduced the "Presidential Funding Act of 2017" to "fix the corrupt and broken" campaign finance laws for presidential campaigns. Lehman made the following statements about the legislation: "It is clear that since Citizens' United opened the floodgates to unlimited contributions from the special interest groups to our public officials, there has been a clear and present need to bring down the hammer on this corrupt system. That is why I am proud to have introduced the "Presidential Funding Act of 2017", which works to reform the way we publicly finance our elections to be more open and fair. This bill requires presidential campaigns to disclose ALL individuals or groups that bundle contributions totaling more than $50,000 in the four year election cycle, and prohibits the bundling of matchable contributions by anyone other than an individual or a party committee. In primary elections, it increases the amount of matching funds for the presidential primaries from the current 1:1 match for up to $250 of an individual’s total contributions, to a 4:1 match for contributions from individuals of $200 or less, allowing participating candidates to receive up to $100 million in matching funds. It requires a candidate who participates in the public financing system to agree to accept contributions of no more than $1,000 from any person, instead of the current contribution limit of $2,400, and provides that to qualify for public financing in the primary election, a candidate must raise $25,000 (increased from $5,000 under current law) in each of 20 states, of which no more than $200 can come from any one individual along with a commit to accept public financing in both the primary and general election. For general elections, this bill provides a grant to participating general election candidates of $50 million, payable on the Friday before Labor Day, and up to an additional $150 million in matching funds based on a 4:1 match of contributions raised after June 1 of the election year of up to $200 per donor. This bill also eliminates public funding for the national party conventions as well as soft money funds from corporate and union sponsors. If we can repair the presidential public financing system, and if we can establish a similar public financing system for congressional races, we can fundamentally change the influence-money culture which pervades Washington today."
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