Campaign Season Limits

End the permanent campaign cycle

sponsored by Roger Wilcox • Become a Co-sponsor

primary topic: Election Law
secondary topics: Government

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This bill should be coupled with those to reverse the Citizen's United decision and institute public financing; however, we should not wait.

Nations all over the world elect their leaders is surprisingly (and refreshingly) short periods of time. This reduces the distraction of representatives from their public duties, public division and rancor, and the overall money spent on elections, which are enormous problems in U.S. election customs, which are trending to ever-longer campaign seasons.

The campaign season should be defined in two ways. First, periods during which donations may be solicited or received in any manner and second, the period in which the candidate announces and runs for public office. These periods should also vary based on office, since the terms differ.

The first period, for fund-raising, which would be eliminated once public financing was in place, should be one year for the President or Senators and six months for representatives.

The second period, for public campaigning, should be nine months for the President, six months for Senators and four months for Representatives.

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