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PDP Candidate for House Proposes Banning Contracts for Political Donors

By on September 5, 2016

Luis Gallardo (Screengrab from  @LuisGallardoPR on Twitter)

Luis Gallardo (Screengrab from 
@LuisGallardoPR on Twitter)

SAN JUAN – Luis Gallardo, a candidate for the House of Representatives from the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), proposes prohibiting contracts to political donors to fight corruption and political investment. “If you donate money to a campaign, you cannot get contracts,” he said Monday.

Gallardo proposes an amendment to the Fiscalization of Political Campaign Financing Act banning contractors from make donations, which is already the case at the federal level.

According to the U.S. Code’s title 52, section 30119, it is unlawful for any person “who enters into any contract with the United States or any department or agency thereof…to make any contribution of money or other things of value, or to promise expressly or impliedly to make any such contribution to any political party, committee, or candidate for public office or to any person for any political purpose or use.”

Gallardo said it is crucial to discuss such options to “cleanse” the political system.

Last year, a federal appeals court ruled in Wagner v. Federal Election Commission the contractor ban legal and constitutional, indicating it as a legitimate promotion of the government’s interest to safeguard a healthy administration. In January, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected seeing the case and thus the appeals court decision remains in effect.

“Of course, there will always be someone looking for ways to dodge the system, but an amendment like this one would substantially limit political investment,” Gallardo said.

A prohibition like this one would “substantially decrease the amount of funds a candidate can raise. Moreover, it is necessary to also lower the cost of a political campaign and make it more accessible to ordinary citizens who are interested in running for office.”

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