Pelosi: Dems would start with campaign finance reform if they take House

Pelosi: Dems would start with campaign finance reform if they take House
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiKlobuchar shuts down idea a woman can't beat Trump: 'Pelosi does it every day' Budowsky: Trump destroying GOP in 2018, '19, '20 On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (D-Calif.) said if her party takes back the House in the 2018 midterms, they would hit the ground running next year with campaign finance reform legislation.

“People believe you that if you want to reduce the goal of money in politics ... then they trust you to do the right thing,” Pelosi told Politico in an interview published Tuesday.

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A Pew Research Poll conducted in May found that 65 percent of Americans think new laws could be written that would be effective in reducing the role of money in politics, and 77 percent of the public says “there should be limits on the amount of money individuals and organizations can spend on [political] campaigns."

Pelosi made the comments while in Philadelphia to campaign with congressional candidates. 

Democrats have targeted campaign finance as an issue as they fight to gain majorities in the House and Senate. A number of candidates are more frequently rejecting money from political action committees and instead relying more on small donations from individuals.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), who is running to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLawmakers spar over surveillance flight treaty with Russia Senators voice support for Iran protesters but stop short of taking action Prisons chief: FBI investigating whether 'criminal enterprise' played role in Epstein death MORE (R-Texas), revealed last week that he raised more than $38 million in the third quarter of the year from more than 800,000 individual contributions.

Pelosi noted in the Politico interview that Democrats are also looking at quickly addressing immigration, gun control and drug prices if they take back the House.

She has previously said that the party would also demand that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE hand over his tax returns.

Democrats are feeling increasingly comfortable about their chances to retake the majority in the lower chamber.

FiveThirtyEight’s House forecast gives the Democrats a roughly 85 percent chance of winning control of the House in November.