Don Berwick on Government Reform
Enhance Super PAC donor disclosure and boost donation limits
A pending campaign finance reform bill would enhance Super PAC donor disclosure and boost donation limits to candidates. Republican Charlie Baker said he was generally supportive of the measure, but criticized what he called a special exemption for
Democratic-leaning labor unions. Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steve Grossman, and former federal health care administrator Don Berwick all said they support the bill, which would require super political action committees to report their
donors within seven days of their expenditures. As primary and general election votes approach, those windows would close to every 24 hours. In seeking to shine light on shadowy sources of
campaign financing, the bill, which would take effect immediately upon passage, could change how voters judge candidates based on the outside groups that are backing them.
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p.250
, Sep 1, 2014
Fight overturn or repeal Citizens United
Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter limits on political campaign funds"?
A: "I see the Citizens United decision as the most toxic element of public policy we've seen in a century. I will fight to see it overturned or repealed."
Source: Email interview for 2014 MA Governor's race with OnTheIssues
, Feb 7, 2014
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