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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

Woodall Introduces Competitive Elections Act

August 4, 2011
Press Release

Congressman Woodall has delivered on yet another campaign promise—introducing a campaign finance reform bill to reduce the power of incumbents and encourage more new candidates in Congressional elections. 

Known as the “Competitive Elections Act,” Woodall’s bill would allow campaign funds to be spent only in the election in which they are raised—thus eliminating the “war chests” that today discourage challengers from entering a race.  By leveling the financial playing field for incumbents and challengers, Woodall hopes to create more robust elections and give voters more choices on the ballot. 

Text of the legislation is available here.

“The Competitive Elections Act would shut politicians’ proverbial ‘war chests’ that today discourage and intimidate service-minded individuals who otherwise would run for Congress,” Woodall said. "You should not have to be a self-funding millionaire to be competitive in a congressional election. If you think you can do a better job than your current Representative and voters agree with you, you should be the next representative.  An incumbent’s massive war chest—campaign funds accumulated through years and years of fundraising—should not stand in the way.”

The Competitive Elections Act amends Title III of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 and inserts Section 315B which ensures that every candidate running for the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate use only funds raised during the current election cycle. 

“To many voters, it seems like an impossible task to remove incumbents who have the benefit of strong support and robust fundraising.  We see this voter frustration in all of the polls supporting term limits,” Woodall said.  “Rather than amend our Constitution with term limits that protect incumbents for three, six or twelve terms, my bill restores power and choices to voters each and every term.  America works best when American voters are in full control.”

“The more choices that voters have in each election, the better our elected officials will be,” Woodall said.

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) is also a co-sponsor on the bill. 

More information on the bill is available on the Competitive Elections Act section of the Congressman’s website.