Christie: Sky's the limit for campaign donations
April 16th, 2014
09:41 AM ET
6 months ago

Christie: Sky's the limit for campaign donations

(CNN) - Chris Christie says that limiting campaign donations is "ridiculous," and is calling for a 48-hour reporting period for disclosing contributions.

New Jersey's Republican governor said at a town hall in Somerset Tuesday that rules limiting the amount someone can give to a campaign doesn't "stop money from getting into politics anyway."

Christie noted the lack of transparency in donations to outside groups, which can accept unlimited sums of money, and have played an increasingly overarching role in politics since the floodgates were opened following a 2010 Supreme Court ruling.

"I think it should be unlimited contributions and 48-hour notification of every contribution you accept so that so if someone wants to write be a $100,000 check for my campaign, great, take it, but 48-hours later, everybody who has access to the internet is going to that Mr. Smith gave me $100,000," he said.

"And if all of sudden, I start talking in a way after that's really favorable to Mr. Smith's business, well then you're going to know that my price was $100,000."

Christie's comments came at a town-hall meeting in response to a student's question concerning a recent Supreme Court decision. That 5-4 ruling by the high court eliminated limits on how much money people can donate in total in one election season - as much money as desired to federal election candidates across the country, as long as no candidate receives more than the $5,200 cap.

Critics say the ruling further undermines already weakened campaign finance laws.

As Christie noted to the audience, his views on campaign finance haven't wavered over the years but, his national attention as a potential 2016 GOP candidate for the White House and position as head of the Republican Governor's Association, give new context to the governor's long-held belief against limiting contributions.

Christie recently made a trip to Las Vegas to court high-profile Republican donors, like Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnet who dumped tens of millions of dollars into GOP presidential campaigns in 2012.

Chris Christie the $33 million man

Christie's comments also come five months after he took over as chairman of the RGA, the group charged with fundraising for and electing GOP candidates in gubernatorial contests. Since taking over the committee, Christie has helped the group raise a whopping $33 million - success made all the more notable given the ongoing George Washington Bridge controversy, which has tainted his administration and sparked a major drop in his approval ratings in both national and New Jersey polls.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story

 


Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Campaign finance • Chris Christie
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. just asking

    the problem with that approach is that the criminal union thug leftist democrat party then targets people who contribute to their opponents. attacks, intimidation and threats follow. a perfect example of that was the ceo of mozilla. the democrat party are a bunch of animals waiting to destroy people that don't think the way they do. if is not the party of jfk anymore, it is the party of stalin.

    April 16, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Chris Christie says that limiting campaign donations is "ridiculous,"

    Yeah, well. I disagree. Big time. The very idea of a presidential candidate running around the country kissing the ring of their billionaire "benefactors" ought to be a clear sign of where this country is headed.

    Some might call this corruption in the making. I know I do.

    April 16, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Why not we put "Democracy for sale". Highest bidder can buy. Very pathetic not to have Education among public–well, republicans do not want you have education–because their games get checkmated, they can not make money out of foreign war contracts. Pathetic. Vote out all republican trash.

    April 16, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Tommy G

    Lynda/Minnesota
    "Chris Christie says that limiting campaign donations is "ridiculous,"
    Yeah, well. I disagree. Big time. The very idea of a presidential candidate running around the country kissing the ring of their billionaire "benefactors" ought to be a clear sign of where this country is headed.
    Some might call this corruption in the making. I know I do.
    -–

    But I bet you don't think Obama spending half his time running around the country on the taxpayer dime to raise money from the rich, elitist liberals and celebrities is corruption, right?

    April 16, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Sniffit

    You really gotta hand it to the idiots who believe we should get rid of laws that were created for a very good reason in the first place: because the facts on the ground were that the law was necessary. It fits perfectly into the recently growing conservative mindset of doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

    Newsflash: campaign finance laws were written because of the flagrant abuses and corruption that were occurring in their absence. Getting rid of them will return us to that abuse and corruption. It's that freekin simple.

    It's no different than the idiot conservatives on the SCOTUS striking down part of the Voting Rights Act on the theory that "well, it's worked, so there's no need for it anymore" as if red states around the country weren't itching for their chance to go hog-wild trying to suppress minority votes. And looky looky...they went hog-wild as soon as the decision fell (and were already quite busy proving the need for that section of the VRA prior to the decision).

    You don't close the umbrella in the middle of a rainstorm on the theory that "well, I'm not getting wet, so obviously I don't need this umbrella."

    April 16, 2014 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    The Dem socialists will get all the money they possibly can.......and it will likely be more than the Republicans will have, and with the Dems controlling the media, it will be hard for Republicans to get out their message to the people. the Dems will do all they can, to prevent the public from hearing Republican messages.

    April 16, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Say what???

    Sniffit
    Newsflash: campaign finance laws were written because of the flagrant abuses and corruption that were occurring in their absence. Getting rid of them will return us to that abuse and corruption. It's that freekin simple.
    --

    But it was Obama that first said he would take public financing then went back on his word. Obama then raised record sums of money. Now Democrats are talking about raising $1.5 billion for 2016. Why don't the Democrats walk the walk? All they do is whine and complain about money in politics as they grab it as fast as they can with both hands. Maybe the Democrats could set a good example by refusing the many millions in union dues that are funneled to the Democrat Party? Many of those unions are government unions, which the Democrats then expand with their big government programs. Isn't THAT corruption in action?

    April 16, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Since Boehner's house is the least productive in history, they overcome that by working 99 half days a year.

    April 16, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "with the Dems controlling the media, it will be hard for Republicans to get out their message to the people."

    Yeah, because it was so so hard for the GOP/Teatrolls to get the MSM to spend all sorts of time on the birther nonsense, "death panels," and all the other complete nonsense from the GOP/Teatrolls that pervades every single 24-hour news cycle. All some Teatroll has to do is fart in a way that sounds somewhat similar to the word "Obama" and the MSM is 100% guaranteed to waft it at the rest of the country. The GOP/Teatrolls and MSM aren't living a symbiotic relationship. The MSM's entire paradigm is centered around controversy and making sure its viewers are fed a constant stream of emotionally agitating he-said-she-said. The GOP/Teatrolls are the font from which it all flows.

    April 16, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Sniffit

    "The GOP/Teatrolls and MSM aren't living a symbiotic relationship."

    oops...should have read "ARE living."

    April 16, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Tommy G

    I am against campaign donations that do not come directly from "we the people" regardless of party affiliation. I am especially against what has been happening within the corporate world trying to rig elections with the influence of big dollar donations regardless of what party those donations are going to.

    Indeed. I am totally FOR campaign reform including limits PER PERSON of a very minimal amount. I am completely against billionaire Super PACs being fronted as "grassroots".

    I also despise campaign ads from either party being fronted as truth when in fact these ads are nothing close to being truthful regardless of what political party airs them.

    I hope this has cleared up your misconception of my earlier comment.

    April 16, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. jusy saying

    Sniffit
    "The GOP/Teatrolls and MSM aren't living a symbiotic relationship."
    oops...should have read "ARE living."
    --

    no you were right the first time.... it takes real effort to lie the way you do so i can see how you mess up like this.

    April 16, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. rs

    Rick McDaniel

    The Dem socialists will get all the money they possibly can.......and it will likely be more than the Republicans will have, and with the Dems controlling the media, it will be hard for Republicans to get out their message to the people. the Dems will do all they can, to prevent the public from hearing Republican messages.
    __________________________
    Oh, if only it were true.

    See, the GOP has a Kochaine addiction far worse than any Democratic candidate does. It may prove fatal however.

    Meanwhile- What Republican message? As far as I can tell the GOP has nothing for America. Sure, they want to screw up voting and civil rights, and examine every woman's underwear, but beyond that, these simpletons haven't the foggiest clue about how to run our great nation. Other than selling it to the Kochs, naturally.

    April 16, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. it must be said

    Really?
    @Rick – Do you like your SS and Medicare? How about your parents?
    --–

    No, I don't want to be part of this massive government ponzi scheme. I want to opt out and get my money back, Over $200,000 was stolen from me by the government and now there is nothing in these trust funds but IOUs from a country that is quickly going bankrupt. I don't want my future healthcare and retirement income held hostage by corrupt politicians that spend it on other things and hand me an IOU. I don't want those programs being used as a means to control and manipulate me by the same corrupt politicians.

    When can I expect my check?

    April 16, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. rs

    Really?

    @Rick – Do you like your SS and Medicare? How about your parents?
    ________________________________
    Remember- the GOP is the party that has perfected not caring about real people.

    April 16, 2014 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. salty dog

    Attacks intimidation, you mean like what the gop government did to the people at Volkswagen? Yhe gop state controlled government told them they would lose current and future tax incentives .There's an investigation there too, everywhere there is a Republican in charge there is, an investigation, almost comical .

    April 16, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Gunderson

    Huh?,
    Who on here ever swayed by Political Ad? Who on here missed out on their Food Stamps? Who on here give up Food Stamps for job? Who on here want pay down National Debt?

    April 16, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. salty dog

    Say what, you think it would be fair for the Democrats to have no money, and the gop flushed with cash, you really should be more worried about their antics only a matter of time before your on the other side of their wishes, will you be OK with them changing, eliminating laws then? And with the gop tax plan, you think that benefits you, now I'm really laughing. Record inequality, and 95% of wealth going to the top 1%,, and you think they need a tax break, where do you suppose they will offset that loss of tax revenue? Only a fool believes more money to the top will make their life better, tell me how I'm wrong.

    April 16, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. salty dog

    Hey, where are all those businesses at that Bain corporation bought, to save of course? When someone says er would be better off with Romney shows complete lack of common sense, Google him and bain, see how they make their money. They stole workers retirement funds, and you say we need that how does that mentality help our citizens? Why are you dumb enough to believe it, they don't.

    April 16, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Sell out America to the highest bidder is the republican mantra.

    April 16, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. truth hurts but reality bites

    So basically, what the Democrats and lefties want is for rich people and companies to just sit there, shut up and do nothing except act like money machines for their insane ever growing government bureaucracy and wealth redistribution machine. No protecting their interests, no fighting to keep what they worked for, just shut up and give them the money, as much money as they want, even all of it.

    Why are the Democrats and radical lefties so afraid of people expressing their opinions and defending their point of view? Why are they against on of the most sacred rights we have, free speech and the right to participate in our political system as much as we want to? Sounds like the approach communists take to control the media.

    April 16, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. rs

    Gunderson

    Huh?,
    Who on here ever swayed by Political Ad? Who on here missed out on their Food Stamps? Who on here give up Food Stamps for job? Who on here want pay down National Debt?
    __________________________
    You're a funny one Gundy. Pennywise and pound foolish is what they used to say about people like you. Sure, deny Reagan's mythological "welfare Queen" her $50, but you fail to notice the Corporate Socialism that gives $40 billion annually to big oil, or that GE and Boeing while hyper profitable have paid no taxes. Never mind the cubic money W and Cheney gifted Halliburton with.
    You, sir, are pathetic.

    April 16, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Dead Bear

    So I guess this is the trickle down effect I've heard so much about. Corporate overlords showering their public servant underlings in riches. But, hey! Now they're saying money is free speech, protected by the First Amendment. What a wonderful statement to make to future generations of Americans. "You're voice is insignificant because you lack hard currency."... Money may buy influence but it still doesn't guarantee votes. Remember that, GOP!

    April 16, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  24. truth hurts but reality bites

    rs
    Remember- the GOP is the party that has perfected not caring about real people.
    --

    But the Democrat Party has perfected massive deceit as a way of governing. You cannot knowingly lie to the entire population in order to get something passed. A political party that does this is totally illegitimate and deserves to be removed from positions of power. The Democrat Party has done more to damage this country and peoples faith in government to do the right thing with their Obamacare lies and the use of the IRS to target people and groups. It is a massive betrayal of trust, and actually criminal.

    April 16, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "But it was Obama that first said he would take public financing ..."

    Congratulations on failing to learn how to respond in a relevant manner to an issue.

    April 16, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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