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Friday, June 4, 2010

Gall Wants "Citizens United" Overturned

George Wenschhof

Andrew Gall, Democratic candidate for Maryland 5Th congressional district, believes campaign finance reform is one of the most important issues facing voters today. He believes the recent Supreme Court narrow 5-4 "Citizens United" decision, which removed limitations of corporate donations to political campaigns, does not represent what he is hearing from voters today.

If elected, he would support current efforts underway by Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and others, to write and have passed, legislation which will narrow the now wide open door to corporate donations in politics.

He said "voters realize that special interests contributing their money want something in return". He went on to say "removing the influence of money in politics is his number one goal".

Mr. Gall's opponent is House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who just made headlines which reported on his spending of $52,700 in PAC funding to pay for travel with donors to resorts over the last two years. The Washington Post has more here.

When I asked Andrew Gall his reaction to the news of Hoyer's spending, he said "folks are looking for change and Steny Hoyer represents the status quo".

In a wide ranging telephone interview, Mr.Gall also said he disagreed with the vote by Steny Hoyer supporting the initial U.S. involvement in Iraq.

The 27 year old College Park resident also believes job creation and deficit reduction are areas voters want addressed.

In the area of education, he is disappointed the U.S. is not ranked number one in the world and believes more local control is needed in the public school system. He indicated the current disparity between inner-city schools and suburban schools is not acceptable.

Andrew Gall is also supportive of a Climate/Energy bill and believes a transition by the U.S. to green energy will create jobs while protecting the environment.

Mr. Gall believes in community service and spent time in AmeriCorps Vista and also worked in the area of affordable housing for the city of Anchorage, Alaska.

He stated he will be running a grassroots directed campaign and spoke of his experience of volunteering and working as a field organizer for the successful 2008 Obama presidential campaign.

For more information on his campaign, you can go to his website;


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