U.S. Rep. John Katko believes the campaign finance system must be addressed, but doesn’t agree with a Democratic-backed proposal that would establish a system in which candidates could receive matching funds for small donations.
The House of Representatives passed an election and ethics reform package Friday that included several provisions, such as a mandate that super PACs and nonprofit groups disclose donor information if they gave at least $10,000.
The measure would designate Election Day as a national holiday, allow automatic voter registration, restore voting rights for individuals who served sentences after being convicted of a felony and require presidential candidates to release at least 10 years of federal tax returns.
The bill, named the For the People Act, passed on a party line vote of 234-193. Katko, R-Camillus, joined his Republican colleagues in opposing the bill.
Following the vote, Katko repeated his support of campaign finance reform and noted that he joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.