Alec Baldwin on Capitol Hill
April 6th, 2011
06:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Alec Baldwin on Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN) - Actor Alec Baldwin made a cameo on Capitol Hill Wednesday, advocating for a bill aimed at changing finance regulations for congressional elections.

At a press conference accompanied by Democrats Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Connecticut Rep. John Larson, and Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree. Baldwin stressed the importance of "reducing the influence of corporate lobbyists and special interest money."

The bill at hand, The Fair Elections Now Act, which was reintroduced in the House Wednesday, targets to limiting campaign fundraising amounts by creating a voluntary system where congressional candidates would receive grants and matching funds to run on small dollar donors instead of special interest money from lobbyists and corporations.

"If cash is speech the person with the most cash speaks the loudest and that's the problem. It winds up giving some people a very unfair advantage," Baldwin said, "Under a fair election system, candidates would be able to spend more time listening to the people they want to represent instead of dialing for dollars from special interest groups and jetting off to receptions with millionaires."

Under the bill, candidates would also receive TV vouchers and discounted broadcaster rates to help get their message out.

"Advertising on TV is expensive, I know that from my own work," Baldwin said. "But TV is an important tool for helping citizens learn about a candidate."

The topic of election reform has been one that Baldwin has previously championed with efforts in Massachusetts and Maine.

The star of NBC's "30 Rock" got a taste of Washington as a Capitol Hill intern when he was student at George Washington University.

"We'd go to all the meetings that had the best bar and the best hors d'oevres for the interns to eat for free," Baldwin said.

Baldwin was originally scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday as part of Arts Advocacy Day but the hearings were cancelled due to the budget showdown. He met Tuesday night with various lawmakers privately.

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  1. Howard

    Alec Balwin is the crass bully who was recorded calling his young daughter a PIG !!! How have our standards dropped so low, that they would allow a person of such low character to have a voice in our government ... just because he's a Hollywood celebrity ???

    April 6, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. Marjee123

    Did he think the republicans would buck the Koch Bros You know after they went to all that trouble to have Scalia and Thomas rewrite a simple little old bill, that would let the parties campaign up to and including the voting day, and make it say that any amount of money they wanted to spend and without telling who they were as the bill the ruled on and passed, do you think they would allow the politicians to change what they, the Koch Bros had done. Heck no Koch Bros rule.

    April 6, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Jennifer

    Sure Alec, we'll do that. As soon as they cut off politicians from accepting union donations.

    April 6, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Amazed

    Alec who do you think keeps the GOP in existance?

    The me first, anti-Christian right would disappear with out the corporate bling to keep them propped up.

    April 6, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Rose

    I don't think George Soros or Oprah Winfrey would like that plan. Obama won't like it at all, hes looking to raise one Billion with those meetings with high dollar donors. Sounds like Alec Baldwin is all for a level playing field and I agree, that gives all candidates an even chance., The candidate with the big bucks is on TV all the time and it does get old hearing the same thing day after day.

    April 6, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. Bill Jenkins

    I think he should run for president. Better version of Regan!

    April 6, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Monster Zero

    Who gives a crap what Alec Baldwin says regarding politics? He is like a Bill Maher, no credibility, no intellectual gray matter and only liberal leftist BS that he has gleaned from Hollyweird and the political elitist "intellectuals" that can't even balance a budget.

    April 6, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. Aaron

    Good luck getting it through Congress. Our jaded elected representatives get rich off of corporate contributions, aka bribes. They look after themselves first, then the corporations and rich people, then...not sure who's after sure ain't the average American. Obama spotlighted the Supreme Court for allowing contributions from unnamed contributors to continue, then apparently did squat to get a law in place to stop in. And he wonders why Dems lost the last election.

    April 6, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Julie C

    Great idea! Thanks for having the guts to push for this; it's about time!

    April 6, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old Parasites have declared war on AMERICA!

    Good luck, Alec. Right now America is a rigged system that favors the obscenely rich and jams the average American. Corporations should NEVER be consider people and they should not be allowed to make campaign donations. Leave that for the individuals who work for, or own shares of, the corporation. Even better, go to public financing of elections.

    April 6, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Russ

    Alec for President! I'll bet he could beat Trump.

    April 6, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  12. GOP = Greed Over People

    So let me think this through, the government shuts down.

    Now, how would I view this shut down if I were a group of terrorists, say as in Iraq?

    Probably as a very good opportunity to strike

    That would accomplish the GOP agenda for "America to fail"!!

    April 6, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |