Nation’s Largest Jewish Organization Welcomes Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Campaign Finance Reform
Pelavin: "we call on our elected leaders to stand firm and work toward the creation of a more ethical campaign financing system, a system which will reinforce rather than tarnish the principles of American democracy, a system which can help salvage our collective faith in public service."
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WASHINGTON, January 24 — Reacting to today's Supreme Court decision in the case of Nixon v. Shrink Missouri PAC, in which the Court upheld the rights of states to impose limits on campaign contributions, Mark J. Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, released the following statement:
Today's decision is a welcome reaffirmation of the Constitutionality of limits on campaign contributions. This decision confirms that contribution limits are not a violation of the First Amendment, but a step toward repairing the corruption that exits in our current system.
How appropriate that the decision comes on the day of the Iowa caucuses, the traditional kickoff to the election year, and on the day that Congress reconvenes. Of course, the fundraising race has been underway for months, even for candidates in House and Senate races. Money is playing too pivotal a role in campaigns, and we hope this decision will reinvigorate efforts to implement reform on both the state and federal level. The American public wants campaign finance reform, the Court today made clear that the reforms most often discussed will pass constitutional muster, and the only remaining obstacle is the political courage of our elected officials. Inspiring them to action is our challenge in the week ahead.
Judaism tradition teaches "You shall not judge unfairly: you shall show no partiality; you shall not take bribes, for bribes blind the eye of the discerning and upset the plea of the just" (Deuteronomy 16: 19). In accordance with these beliefs we call on our elected leaders to stand firm and work toward the creation of a more ethical campaign financing system, a system which will reinforce rather than tarnish the principles of American democracy, a system which can help salvage our collective faith in public service. We pledge our vigorous support in this historic effort.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, representing its 895 congregations across North America, whose membership includes 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the 1700 rabbis of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.