Joe Biden


FROM THE CANDIDATE

“The fact that we don’t know exactly how much foreign dark money is being channeled into U.S. politics is precisely why we need to reduce our vulnerabilities.”

via Politico

Disagrees with: The ability of a president to choose not to divest from significant business holdings or place them into a blind trust, and to engage in business transactions with foreign governments while in office;”

via The New York Times

Against: The ability of a president to override recommended denials of security clearances

via The New York Times

Against: The ability of a president to pardon or dangle a potential pardon at someone in a self-protective context – such as an investigation in which the president, one of his family members, or a campaign or close business associate is a target, subject, or witness – without disclosing to Congress communications and materials about the pardon, including evidence against the recipient.

via The New York Times

Any initiation of the use of force against Iran or North Korea – unless in response to an imminent attack — could certainly result in a wide-scale conflict and constitute a “war” in the constitutional sense that would require authorization by Congress.”

via The New York Times

“As President, I will work to enact the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. The battle for the soul for America has many fronts; the right to vote is the most fundamental.”

via Medium

“I’ll fight for automatic and same-day voter registration.”

via VOTE411

Implement online voter registration.

via Twitter

“I’ll also boost state funding for secure voting with a paper record, and for better information-sharing.

via VOTE411

“I will direct the U.S. Intelligence Community to report publicly and in a timely manner on any efforts by foreign governments that have interfered, or attempted to interfere, with U.S. elections. I will direct my administration to leverage all appropriate instruments of national power and make full use of my executive authority to impose substantial and lasting costs on state perpetrators.”

via ABC News

Opposes abolishing the Electoral College “because that structural change requires constitutional amendments. It raises problems that are more damaging than the problem that exists.”

via The New York Times

In his answer to the question about employee due-process rights, Biden said he will “reinstate and expand protections for federal employees” and support agencies whose protection of federal employee rights, such as the Merit Systems Protection Board, has been weakened by vacancies in key positions.

via The Washington Post

Voting by mail is safe and secure.”

via Twitter


FROM THE CAMPAIGN

Released three years of tax returns.”

via Campaign Website

“Wealthy special interests, corporations, and foreign influences are skewing the policy process in Washington in their own favor by taking advantage of the way we finance elections. We need to create a public financing system for federal campaigns and pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United to amplify the voices of individual Americans and ensure elected officials are working for the people. In the meantime, the public has the right to know who is contributing to which advertisements and campaign initiatives.”

via Campaign Website

This law will require all online ads, how they’re targeted, and who paid for them to be posted by the groups to a public database on a new one-stop website, ethics.gov — so no one can target voters with misinformation without attracting media or political attention.”

via Campaign Website

“Biden will propose legislation to change that, by requiring campaigns and outside entities that run ads within 60 days of an election to disclose any new contributions within 48 hours.

via Campaign Website

“On day one of his presidency, Biden will issue an Executive Order directing that no White House staff or any member of his administration may initiate, encourage, obstruct, or otherwise improperly influence specific DOJ investigations or prosecutions for any reason; and he will pledge to terminate anyone who tries to do so.”

via Campaign Website

Establish the Commission on Federal Ethics to more effectively enforce federal ethics law.”

via Campaign Website

Biden will lower the threshold for when those seeking to influence government decisions must register as “lobbyists” — to include anyone who earns more than $1,000 annually to be involved in developing or overseeing a lobbying strategy.”

via Campaign Website

“In addition, Biden will return to the Obama-Biden Administration practice of disclosing White House visitor lists.”

via Campaign Website

The Biden Administration will incentivize states to automatically restore voting rights for individuals convicted of felonies once they have served their sentences.

via Campaign Website

Establish the Commission on Federal Ethics to more effectively enforce federal ethics law. Biden will propose and enact legislation establishing a single government agency empowered to oversee and enforce federal anti-corruption and ethics laws. Today, existing law is a patchwork of subject-matter-specific mandates, overseen by agencies that often lack the authority to demand and receive compliance. And, public data tracking who is trying to influence our elected officials is equally patchworked and hard to find. This commission will make all information about how certain interests are seeking to influence our government easily accessible. The office will have broad investigative and civil enforcement authority, expanding on powers now held by the FEC, OGE, and the Office of Special Counsel.

via Campaign Website

The Ethics in Government Act requires candidates for federal office and senior Executive Branch officials to disclose their assets. It aims to give the public, media, and other government officials a chance to identify potential conflicts, and to demand recusal where appropriate. But candidates and public officials often transfer assets into trusts controlled by family members or close friends, and then disclose just the existence of the trust rather than the assets it holds. This loophole has allowed many senior officials — including President Trump — to avoid disclosing significant financial interests. Biden will work with Congress to close this loophole.

via Campaign Website

Biden will work to enact legislation ensuring that SuperPACs are wholly independent of campaigns and political parties, from establishment, to fundraising and spending.

via Campaign Website

The Commission on Federal Ethics (CFE) will be tasked with establishing an ethics.gov, a new one-stop destination for Americans interested in learning about the elected and appointed officials who serve them, and those who seek to influence that service. It will compile campaign finance, financial disclosure, and lobbying information all in one place — and, as detailed in this plan, that information will be more comprehensive than ever.

via Campaign Website

Biden will propose legislation to require elected officials to disclose monthly any meetings or communications with any lobbyist or special interest… The law will require them to disclose in detail exactly what they’re doing: with whom they’re meeting, the materials they’re sharing, any specific legislative (or regulatory) language they are proposing, and precisely what outcomes they’re seeking.

via Campaign Website

President Biden will rein in Executive Branch financial conflicts of interest.

via Campaign Website

As president, Biden will: Prevent the president and other senior Executive Branch members from being influenced by personal financial holdings. Extend this standard to U.S. House and Senate members.

via Campaign Website

Biden will ensure that lobbyists and corporate PACs do not play a role in our elections. Biden’s presidential campaign is refusing any funding from lobbyists and corporate PACs. As president, he’ll enact legislation to bar lobbyists from making contributions to, and fundraising or bundling for, those who they lobby.

via Campaign Website

Biden will propose legislation codifying what should be a simple tenet of campaign finance law: any group that advocates for or against candidates for federal office in its ads or communications must disclose its contributors. No more hiding behind “dark money” groups to spread lies.

via Campaign Website

Biden will lower the threshold for when those seeking to influence government decisions must register as “lobbyists” — to include anyone who earns more than $1,000 annually to be involved in developing or overseeing a lobbying strategy.

via Campaign Website


FROM THE COVERAGE

Support statehood for D.C. 

via Equal Citizens

Supports automatic voter registration.

via Equal Citizens

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