Christie: Sky's the limit for campaign donations
April 16th, 2014
09:41 AM ET
3 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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Can we get a story on Gov. Rick Perry being under investigation for vetoing funds for the Public Integrity Unit.(the unit that investigates political corruption). Does it have something to do with Tom Delay's public corruption case?

    April 16, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. rs

    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.
    _____________________________
    Unfortunately, you're not wrong. The GOP under Reagan and right down to today they created the most effective means of wealth transfer ever in American history- and then have the gall to while about "class warfare" and the 47%.

    Anyone who isn't stinking rich voting GOP is a fool.

    April 16, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. rs

    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.
    _______________________
    Yea, too bad for the Right the ACA is working so well right now. Say, what about lying about WMD, to start a false war to kill 125,000 civilians and turn another 2 million into refugees. You cool with that?
    Meanwhile the IRS thing? Nada, as with all of the other fake GOP controversies. Keep dreamin' baby!

    April 16, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  4. Say what???

    rs
    the Corporate Socialism that gives $40 billion annually to big oil,
    --

    Can you please quantify this ridiculous claim? How and where does the government give then $40 billion a year? Do you mean the government doesn't take as much as you think they should take from them? That is not giving them anything. That is letting them keep what is theirs. Your statement implies that what is theirs, is actually the governments property. Is that what you are saying and claiming?

    or that GE and Boeing while hyper profitable have paid no taxes.
    -–
    You mean the same GE whose CEO Jeffrey Immelt was a major Obama supporter and served on his Jobs Council? And if these companies paid no taxes, why didn't the Democrats correct that in the two years they had total control of the government? One would think it would have been the first thing Obama and the Democrats did to help fund their trillion dollar stimulus plan.

    April 16, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "Yea, too bad for the Right the ACA is working so well right now."

    Indeed. CNN will probably report on some 2016 horse race polling later today, but what you won't see from them today or ever is any reporting on the polling from Gallup that just showed the following:

    States that expanded Medicaid and actively participated in their insurance marketplace under the ACA: uninsured rate dropped 2.5 percentage points, from 16.1 percent in 2013 to 13.6 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

    States that did not expand Medicaid or participate in their insurance marketplace: uninsured rate dropped only 0.8 percentage points, from 18.7 percent in 2013 to 17.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

    Nationally: uninsured rate has fallen from 18 percent before Obamacare enrollment launched in October to 15.6 percent in the first quarter of 2013.

    April 16, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. rs

    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.
    _____________________
    Oh, spoken like the true anti-American astroturf TEA Party radical. Has it occurred to you the Right wants nothing more than economic nihilism in this nation? Who do you think that benefits?

    April 16, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "why didn't the Democrats correct that in the two years they had total control of the government?"

    They didn't have total control of the gov't for 2 years. At most it was several weeks or a couple months. Kennedy was extremely ill with a brain tumor and died in Aug 2009. Al Franken was stuck in a legal battle over his election results and didn't swear in until July 2009. In February 2010, Scott Brown took the GOP to 41 Senators, as was raved about throughout the MSM because they knew it was going to make for great controversy reporting with all the incoming filibusters. You're a liar and perpetuating a ridiculously untrue talking point. Grats on that.

    April 16, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. rs

    Say what???

    rs
    the Corporate Socialism that gives $40 billion annually to big oil,
    -

    Can you please quantify this ridiculous claim? How and where does the government give then $40 billion a year? Do you mean the government doesn't take as much as you think they should take from them? That is not giving them anything. That is letting them keep what is theirs. Your statement implies that what is theirs, is actually the governments property. Is that what you are saying and claiming?

    or that GE and Boeing while hyper profitable have paid no taxes.
    -–
    You mean the same GE whose CEO Jeffrey Immelt was a major Obama supporter and served on his Jobs Council? And if these companies paid no taxes, why didn't the Democrats correct that in the two years they had total control of the government? One would think it would have been the first thing Obama and the Democrats did to help fund their trillion dollar stimulus plan.
    _______________________
    I think you'll find if you examine reality for a second or two that the President does not set tax law- Congress does. I think a wee bit more analysis will show Republicans currently oversee the least productive Congress-ever. And, that they aren't going to demand tax law changed beyond those that benefit their rich puppet masters.

    April 16, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. J Anthony

    Obama is a neoliberal, corporate centrist. There is nothing "far-left" about anything he's done. The GOP has been spewing the same nonsense for 70 years,, and the fact that anyone still swallows their "oh dear the communists are coming" rhetoric shows how uneducated and ignorant people are. The GOP are not worried about what Obama is doing, because he's not doing much they wouldn't do themselves. Unless it helps the general public, they have no problem with it. They are after power, and could care less about the General Welfare. Thats what all the noise is about.

    April 16, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. A Kickin` Donkey

    Republicans can`t handle accountability. They will never win a majority of the vote if ALL or MOST of the citizentry goes to the ballot. This is why they advance voter suppression.

    As far as transparency in NJ, let`s see a 2 year open book on Bridget Kelly, Bill Stefein`s email & cell phone communications.

    April 16, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. God MAY NOT be a Liberal, but He IS a Democrat

    It is revealing to his character that a former US attorney says that laws should be ignored/ abolished instead of enforced. Just because something requires a bit of diligence: a bit of work doesn`t mean it shouldn`t be carried out.
    With regards to voting, America`s core value is that all men are created equal and that their role, influence, participation in governmental affairs should be a 1 of the many. Making excuses for someone having disproportionate impact or influence is a perversion of America`s foundational principles and anyone who would do that is missing something vital that a President should have.

    April 16, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Ian's Rushtache

    nyone who isn’t stinking rich voting GOP is a fool.

    rs says:
    April 16, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am
    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.
    --------–

    Funny how the numbers tell a different story. But why look at the data when you can simply regurgitate right wing talking points.

    April 16, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Anderson

    He won't see any of it from Jail

    April 16, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Lily

    I do not get the logic of what Christie is saying here. No limitation, but 48-hour reporting of disclosure. What will 48-hour reporting prevent? This kind of donation reporting is useless if no one can be stopped. People will donate and donate and those who want to do the reporting will do same accordingly.

    April 16, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Sip That Kool Aid, It's All You're Good For.

    Please give til it hurts. To begin with, many of you seem to sense no pain. Why not give until you're completely give out. Then we'll see who comes to your rescue. Answer: No One.

    April 16, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. it must be said

    rs
    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.
    _____________________
    Oh, spoken like the true anti-American astroturf TEA Party radical. Has it occurred to you the Right wants nothing more than economic nihilism in this nation? Who do you think that benefits?
    --–

    No spoken like somebody that knows how to take of himself better than this stinking overbearing, control every aspect of my life nanny state federal government. Spoken like somebody that knows when they are getting the shaft.

    My $200,000 stolen dollars would have been a million dollars by now had I invested instead of being forced to give it to politicians to steal and use to buy votes and tell me they are looking out for me with 1-2% return on my money.

    I know you freekin' lefties think everybody else money is yours to play with and give to others BUT IT IS NOT YOUR MONEY!! Go sell your big government ponzi schemes to somebody else.

    April 16, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    The right wraps their argument in "free speech" when they all know that media buys will sway the low-information voter to once again vote against their own self-interest. The right patronizes/holds in contempt their base, and why shouldn't they? The rigth's base has been manipulated into voting against their own self-interest for years – how can you not think they are fools?

    April 16, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Thomas

    This makes Chicago style politics look like bean bag .

    Hoboken ?

    April 16, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    @truth hurts but reality bites: Really, the Democrats are the ones you have a problem with – after GW lied us into a war, kept the cost of it and Afghanistan off the books (ditto Medicare Part D), tried to privatize SS while Wall Street was robbing us blind, manipulated the "terror threat" color around election time, spent more time on vaca than any prez in our nation's history, gave up on finding bin Laden, didn't have a problem sending our troops into battle without proper supplies, took a budget surplus and evaporated it into thin air, was in office when 13 U.S. diplomatic missions were attacked?

    You're whining about President Obama not explicitly saying that if your insurance company doesn't screw you, you can keep your doctor – because it's the INSURANCE COMPANIES who decide what to charge for their policies, not the President. And the IRS? They targeted Liberal groups, too – and it was (a granted lame) response to the sudden influx of organization requesting tax-exempt status as a result of the Citizens United decision.

    But go ahead, continue living in your bubble from reality. I pity folks like you how have plenty of self-righteousness but no stones to deal with the truth.

    April 16, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "The right wraps their argument in "free speech" when they all know that media buys will sway the low-information voter to once again vote against their own self-interest."

    It's not just that. One of the biggest problems is how this influences the MSM, which sadly is the main information source for most voters. The MSM wants ad revenue. That's the ONLY thing it wants. It doesn't care about informing you or correcting incorrect claims or providing you with facts so you can make informed decisions. The RNC knows this, which is why they've been running around demanding apologies and threatening boycotts. How quickly do you think a network will change it's coverage of something and the narrative it's telling if threatened by the RNC and all the conservative groups with a boycott that includes drying up all the ad revenue from conservative PACs? This is a primary reason why the MSM serves up false equivalence slop on a daily basis...because they desperately have to make sure they can defend themselves by claiming they've been objective. It's the new definition of objectivity: "I reported everything as equal"....as opposed to "I reported the facts and data and the truth."

    To be fair, it works that way regardless of party, but the Dems aren't the ones running around making threats to networks in order to change how things get covered and force networks to change their narratives...yet.

    April 16, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    @ it must be said: the next time you see a veteran, or drive down a newly paid interstate, please remember that it was your money, my money, and the money of others that paid for all of those things. Your whining about a ponzi scheme seems to neglect one rather important fact: a government needs money to function. All of those tax cuts that were given to your rich idols: those were paid for by you and I. Your speculation on how much money you would have in the bank is laughable. The money is issued by the government: who determines it's value? The government. Your whining about what you could have had is the rant of a raging sheep.

    April 16, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    "How quickly do you think a network will change it's coverage of something and the narrative it's telling if threatened by the RNC and all the conservative groups with a boycott that includes drying up all the ad revenue from conservative PACs?"

    I'd say in a heartbeat ... NY minute ... blink of an eye ... take your pick.

    You're analysis is correct, as usual. Thanks, Sniffit!

    April 16, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. truth hurts but reality bites

    ThinkAgain – Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.
    You're whining about President Obama not explicitly saying that if your insurance company doesn't screw you, you can keep your doctor – because it's the INSURANCE COMPANIES who decide what to charge for their policies, not the President.
    --

    No way you are getting away with this Obama size lie. Democrats and Obama designed a system using the health insurance companies and wrote a law requiring minimum standards that Obamacare compliant policies must meet. NONE of that was the insurance companies doing, that was the Obamacare law, Obama and the Democrats. They already had these people as happy, paying customers. They had ZERO reason to be cancelling millions of private policies, some of the best out there.

    All of those policy cancellations was predicted back when Obamacare was passed and Obama and the Democrats continued to tell lies about the people sounding the alarms. Now we all know who the real liars are. And this disaster is still waiting to happen with employer insurance. Why do you think Obama delayed it until after the election. He didn't want to see the Democrats lose 100 seats in the House and all 36 in the Senate in November as tens of millions of people are negatively affected by Obamacare driven policy cancellations.

    Democrats just won't learn. Massive lying to cover up your other lies just isn't flying anymore. Obama won Liar of the Year. No amount of money and advertising is going to reverse that.

    April 16, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    @Dutch, I tried to tell CNN about the oops governor latest antics yesterday or Monday but nothing.
    Thank you for bringing it up and thank you CNN for publishing it. Now please investigate. if he needs a lawyer he is deep cow poop.

    April 16, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. it must be said

    The Real Tom Paine
    @ it must be said: the next time you see a veteran, or drive down a newly paid interstate, please remember that it was your money, my money, and the money of others that paid for all of those things. Your whining about a ponzi scheme seems to neglect one rather important fact: a government needs money to function.
    --

    No one is saying the government shouldn't get any money. Why do you dishonest people keep throwing that BS out like it is the truth? The problem is we now have a government and a large number of government dependent people that have turned our government into a forced charity operation, with no limits on the forced taking. People have no problem with paying for the basic government services but to turn government into a wealth redistribution machine using the IRS to steal ever more from people to give to others is simply unacceptable.

    We have families and kids to take care of and adding 10-20 strangers as dependents on my paycheck is NOT in the budget. It has gotten to the point that government is my primary dependent/master. Believe it or not, government was created to serve the People, not turn the People into government ATM machines/slaves. Didn't we fight to break away from England for this very reason?

    April 16, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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