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Chris Van Hollen

Campaign finance reform needed ASAP

Campaign finance reform needed ASAP

Seeing the most recent fundraising figures for the Democratic primary to elect our next U.S. senator to replace Sen. Barbara Mikulski ("Van Hollen raised $1.5M in second quarter," July 8) is a sobering reminder to all of us about how expensive campaigns have become. Members of Congress now have to spend most of their time raising cash, and the time they spend fundraising, and that is time that they are not able to focus on their jobs on Capitol Hill doing work on behalf of the American people. We all know that the campaign finance system that we now have is flawed. Not only are politicians required to spend almost full-time hours fundraising but these efforts are often dwarfed by...