Washington, D.C. — Today, the Federal Election Commission passed new rules that make it easier for federal candidates to draw salaries and benefits from campaign funds. In response, Tom Moore a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:
These rules will help more Americans of modest means run for Congress. The previous rules were so restrictive they were practically unusable for many candidates. The new rules greatly expand the length of time a salary can be paid, so candidates can pay themselves a living wage out of their campaign funds the entire time they are campaigning. They also lower the maximum salary that can be paid and allow greater flexibility in calculating a candidate’s past earnings. Over time, these changes will give the country a Congress that looks a lot more like America.
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