Friends of Jan Schneider, P.O. Box 57, Sarasota, Florida 34230 | 941-955-6595

Campaign Finance


Jan Schneider recognizes that our federal and state governments are for sale – at huge price tags.  She supports enactment of reasonable campaign finance limits to restore democracy.

The situation was exacerbated by Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. FEC, both 5 to 4 decisions by the United States Supreme Court in 2010 and 2014 respectively.  In Citizens United, the Supreme Court struck down §203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (“McCain-Feingold”), holding that its prohibition on contributions by corporations and unions violated First Amendment free speech.  This led to use of Super PACS to circumvent limits on individual donors.  Four years later, in McCutcheon the Court struck down limits on total amounts wealthy donors can give to federal candidates and political committees.

As the dissent pointed out in McCutcheon, “[w]here enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard.”  Jan believes that Congress should undertake to reverse the two Supreme Court campaign finance decisions insofar as possible through legislate action.  One such option is to increase public funding of elections, but there are numerous others.  Beyond that, many members of Congress have advocated for an amendment to make clear that the Constitution does not restrict the ability of Congress or states to propose reasonable, content-neutral limits on private campaign contributions and independent expenditures. 

Since there is a primary in the current election, the limit for an individual to give to each candidate is $6,600.  Jan welcomes your support, however, whether or not you contribute and no matter however much or little you can give.  Vern Buchanan (R-FL16), whose personal net worth is estimated at between $115 and $350 million, has voted against campaign finance reform proposals and for making permanent the Trump tax cuts for the ultra-rich and wealthy corporations.  He also voted against expelling from the House corrupt Representative George Santos (R-NY3), known to have committed a plethora of campaign finance violations.


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