From: The Honorable Jerry McNerney
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Date: 9/22/2016

Dear Colleague: 


The bipartisan Congressional Campaign Finance Reform Caucus invites you to attend its next meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 1p.m. – 2pm in room 340 Cannon House Office Building. Our guest speaker is Harvard University
Professor of Law Dr. Lawrence Lessig III, a globally respected expert on campaign finance reform.


Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Mr. Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet
and Society. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Lessig serves on the Board of the AXA Research Fund, and on the advisory boards of Creative Commons and
the Sunlight Foundation. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, Fastcase 50 Award and being named one
of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries. Professor Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge, and a JD from Yale.


If you would like to attend the Congressional Campaign Finance Reform Caucus meeting or join the Caucus, you can contact Exodie Roe in Rep. Jerry McNerney’s office at 51947 or Bradley Ryon in Rep. Walter Jones’ office at 53415.





Rep. Jerry McNerney                                                                            Rep. Walter Jones

Member of Congress                                                                            Member of Congress




Congressional Campaign Finance Reform Caucus

– Mission Statement –

The Campaign Finance Reform Caucus is comprised of Members of Congress who believe that our existing campaign finance system is broken, and it is in need of substantive changes to put the voice of the people back into our electoral
process. The current system is corrupted by excessive amounts of money from both sides of the aisle. This ever-increasing amount of money flowing into the U.S. political system distorts the electoral process and stifles the ability of elected officials to
effectively govern and represent their constituents.

The Campaign Finance Reform Caucus is committed to shining a bright light on the undue influence of money on the political process of electing our officials, and some day-to-day government operations, expenditures, programs,
and institutional functions. The Caucus will also provide a forum to discuss and advance different solutions to reform the way campaigns are financed in this country in order restore the voice of the voters.

Educating Congress and the Greater Public

·        The CFR Caucus will educate Congress and the greater public about the problem of current campaign finance laws enabling special interest money to influence our elections and government institutions and operations.

Illustrating and Advancing Solutions

·        The CFR Caucus will serve as a forum to illustrate and highlight different solutions and policy ideas meant to curb the corrosive influence of money in politics and reform our campaign finance system. 

·        The CFR Caucus will work to advance these policy solutions and ideas in order to identify opportunities to implement significant changes in our campaign finance system.

Promoting Collaboration, Discussion, and Awareness

·        The CFR Caucus will provide a framework to promote collaboration and discussion among members of Congress and different advocacy groups on a series of campaign finance reform proposals that could include:

 Eliminating super PACs; expanding disclosure and transparency of contributions; constitutional amendments to limit donations to individual voters; overturning Citizens United; establishing public financing for candidates
and tax credits to spur small dollars donations.

·        CFR Caucus members will work collectively to generate greater public awareness about the possible solutions to advance campaign finance reform.

·        CFR Caucus will hold events and speakers series to promote a broad, national conversation about the need to reform the existing campaign finance system and build a constituency to advance effective solutions.