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 PelosiCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Top Democrats say postmaster confirmed changes to mail service amid delays 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 CruzTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal 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 TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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.