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Issue Position: Of the People

Issue Position

By: Andy Kim
By: Andy Kim
Date: Jan. 1, 2018

I am making a contract with the people of New Jersey to be the most accessible, transparent, and accountable Member of Congress. I pledge to always put the people of New Jersey first, and I will fight to make sure that the core unit of our democracy is the citizen, not the dollar sign.

➜ Accessible: I will commit to holding at least one in-person town hall every single month. These will rotate through every township in the district. I will also have public comments before every vote.

➜ Transparent: I will commit to providing weekly reports on my work so you know what I am working on and who I am meeting with.

➜ Accountable: I pledge not to accept a dime from corporate PACs because I believe in a government that focuses on people not corporations. It's not surprising that my opponent Tom MacArthur raises more money from corporations and special interests than from people. MacArthur showed this when he wrote a health care bill that would have made it harder for us here in New Jersey to get health care, especially those with pre-existing conditions like cancer and heart disease. He showed this when he was the only Member of Congress from New Jersey to vote Yes on a tax bill that gave corporations massive permanent tax cuts while hurting the values of our homes by slashing the property tax deductions that middle-class New Jersey homeowners rely on.

Campaign Finance Reform: Among the very first bills I will seek to introduce in Congress will be to reform the negative influences of money in our politics. We need to fight against dark money that allows millions of dollars to pour into our elections without requiring disclosures of donors. We need to find more ways to allow to encourage public financing and other tools so Americans don't need to be millionaires in order to run. We also want to explore the use of matching contributions and other steps to empower grassroots supporters and ensure they have a voice.

Fight Against Corruption in Washington: Our leaders should absolutely be held to the highest of standards. Corruption, harassment of any kind, abuse of power, fraud, and other concerns must not be tolerated. I will work to put into place strict rules and tough enforcement.

End Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression: Voters should choose their politicians instead of politicians choosing their voters. Elected officials should never be involved in drawing political lines, and all states should have a bipartisan/nonpartisan approach to redistricting. It is also vital to ensure we work to stop voter suppression. I will do everything I can working with government agencies and grassroots organizations to make that a reality.

We can only change Congress by changing the types of people we elect. Our country is led by people like Tom MacArthur who are out of touch with the struggles that Americans face to pay their bills, provide for their families, and save for retirement. We must do better.