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Gianforte Blasts Partisan Bill Creating Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaigns

March 7, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte spoke on the House floor today to urge lawmakers to oppose H.R. 1, a partisan bill that will force taxpayers to pay for political campaigns.

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Gianforte pointed out where Democrats and Republicans are unified, saying, “We all agree that more Americans should vote and participate in our republic. We all agree every American’s vote deserves to be counted and protected.”

Gianforte, however, expressed his concerns about H.R. 1’s approach, pointing to a provision that would create taxpayer-funded political campaigns.

“The bill we consider today is riddled with problems. My friends across the aisle call this bill the For the People Act, but it should really be called the Protect Professional Politicians Act,” Gianforte said. “One of the most egregious parts of this bill is the creation of a federal matching program.”

H.R. 1, the Protect Professional Politicians Act, creates a 6-to-1 government match to any donor contribution of up to $200 in a federal election. For every $200 donation, the federal government will match $1,200.

Gianforte pointed out how politicians’ campaigns could spend taxpayer money.

“Taxpayers will pay for politicians’ campaigns – whether they agree with them or not,” Gianforte said. “Those mailers that fill your mailbox? Well, under the Protect Professional Politicians Act, you’ll pay for them. Those attack ads that flood your TV? Well, you’ll pay for them. Those high-priced political consultants in Washington, D.C.? Well, you’ll pay for them, too.”

Gianforte explained how Montanans are opposed to taxpayer-funded campaigns. During one of Gianforte’s recent town halls, 97 percent of Montanans said taxpayers should not pay for political campaigns.

Gianforte also noted that groups as diverse as the Montana Chamber of Commerce and the Americans Civil Liberties Union oppose H.R. 1.

The partisan H.R. 1 is sponsored by 237 House Democrats and no House Republicans.