Last week congressional candidates were required to file campaign finance reports with the Federal Elections Commission. Thanks to your support we posted a very strong total. Below is a brief update on our finance report as well as other important issues facing our nation.
Thank you very much to those of you who contributed to help us gear up for the 2012 election! This quarter, we posted our strongest fundraising total ever, dating back to the 2010 race. Even better, we outraised Dan Maffei because of your unwavering support.
During the last quarter, we received contributions from 598 individuals, and 399 of those were $100 or less. Our grassroots strength is apparent and it’s going to continue to grow as we move closer to the election.
Two of the most critical challenges facing our country are the high unemployment rate and our need for energy independence from Middle East oil. President Obama had an opportunity to support a project that would help both crucial problems, but instead he sided with his most fanatical base supporters to score election year political points.
Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is estimated to create 100,000 jobs in America, and decrease our country’s dependence on Middle East oil by bringing 700,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the U.S. I care deeply about creating jobs and getting our economy back on track, and I will continue to advocate for pro-growth economic policies like Keystone that create jobs and improve the quality of life for all Americans.
Repealing the CLASS Act
Last week, the House voted to repeal a portion of the President’s healthcare law known as the CLASS Act. It is a law that is so unworkable and financially insolvent that even the President’s own Department of Health and Human Services said in October they could not find a way to make the program financially viable. In October of 2009, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, a Democrat,said that the program was a “Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing Bernie Madoff would be proud of.”
President Obama has claimed repeatedly that he will listen to critics of his healthcare bill if they come up with ways to improve it. This is the President’s chance to show Americans that his promise was not merely election-year rhetoric. Unfortunately, the Administration’s position and that of Congressional Democrats will be to oppose this effort, even though they have no way to make the program work. You have my commitment; I am working hard to repeal this section of the law.