KMA Land: Axne offers campaign finance reform amendments
March 7, 2019
Washington) — Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne wants to strengthen continuing campaign finance reform efforts in Washington.
Earlier this week, Axne offered two amendments to H.R. 1. One prohibits current and previous congressional members from serving as lobbyists. Her other amendment would prevent members of Congress from using taxpayer dollars for first-class airline travel. Axne tells KMA News her amendments are aimed at trying to get money out of politics.
“I wanted to add a couple of amendments,” said Axne, “that I thought would help close some of the loopholes, because I was fed up with seeing a lot of our money go to be wasteful. One of the things I did with the state of Iowa was help save tens of millions of dollars by looking at systems, and making sure we’re using taxpayer dollars wisely.”
The West Des Moines Democrat says she’s especially concerned about former congressional members coming back to Washington in attempt to influence policies in a new role.
“One of the things we need to do is, of course, develop relationships with those in industry, and with other groups trying to do good things in this country,” she said. “But, we also shouldn’t just base that on friendships and nepotism. So, we absolutely should look at how that’s influencing our system.”
Axne says the number of congressional members-turned lobbyists is high in the nation’s capital.
“I can tell you, a heck of a lot of elected officials leave office, then go into very, very lucrative lobbying positions,” said Axne, “and capitalize off the fact that they were elected by the people. That’s not something that’s usually standard in regular business practice, and I don’t think it should be standard in Congress.”
H.R. 1–the campaign finance reform act–is expected to be passed in the Democrat-controlled House, but has little chance in the Republican-controlled Senate. Axne made her comments on KMA’s “Morning Line” program earlier this week.