Anyone with an Open Campaign Account is a Candidate

H.3194 turns another negative provision from last session’s omnibus ethics legislation into its own bill. H.3194 would add additional protection to incumbents by broadening the definition of “candidate” to include those who maintain an open bank account containing contributions. Since candidates have more restrictions on them regarding lobbying, spending, etc., this new provision may coerce incumbents’ opponents into emptying their accounts so they can’t contemplate another run without raising the same resources again.

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