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Hakeem Jeffries - NY-08

Hakeem Jeffries - NY-08

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99Elect Candidate Questionnaire
 
We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of afew,
but we cannot have both.” 
 
 –
 
Justice Louis D. Brandeis
  As the gulf between the rich and the rest of us grows, our country is facing the disappearance of themiddle class and the loss of the American Dream. This is poisoning our society, threatening our economy, and destroying our democracy.
 
Voters are sick of an economy that no longer works for the 99%, and an election system andgovernment rigged by and for the 1%.
 
We want political leaders who will represent ALL Americans,and will fight for economic fairness and democratic government.
 
The organizations sponsoring this questionnaire are asking all candidates
 –
federal, state, and local
 –
totell us where they stand on these critical issues.This questionnaire is sponsored by organizations including: Progressive Change CampaignCommittee, Democracy For America, MoveOn.org Political Action, Campaign for America's Future,Common Good Action, NY Working Families Party, Progressive Majority, Rebuild The Dream, andUSAction for a True Majority PAC.
The organizations on this list have agreed not to endorse or support candidates that do not atleast fill out and return the questionnaire.
 
Please check YES or NO to the questions on the next  page. You may append comments if you wish. Your responses to these 99Elect questions will bemade public.Please fax back to the PCCC at: (866) 209-2191
 
 
Hold Wall Street accountable
 YES [X] NO [ ]
Do you support a full investigation into the Wall Street banks' role in crashing our economy
 –
and if warranted, criminal prosecutions of bankers who broke the law
 –
as well as compensation and principal reduction for homeowners who were harmed by the banks' fraudulent and illegal practices?
 
 YES [X] NO [ ]
Do you support major changes to the banking system that would reduce the risk of future financial crises
 –
including breaking up the biggest banks and restoring the wall between commercial and investment banking (along thelines of Glass-
Steagall) to protect families’ government
-guaranteed deposits from being used for risky Wall Streetspeculation?
 
Good Jobs and Shared Prosperity
 
 YES [X] NO [ ]
Do you support a major public investment in jobs
 –
such as repairing crumbling schools and highways,wiring the entire country with high-speed Internet, weatherizing millions of buildings to save energy, and ensuring thatstates have the resources needed to keep teachers, police, and firefighters working
 –
to create at least five million new jobs?
 
 YES [X] NO [ ]
Will you support strengthening the rights of workers to join together in unions and collectively bargain withtheir employers?
 
 YES [X] NO [ ]
Will you oppose cuts to Social Security benefits, Medicare benefits, and Medicaid benefits, and will youwork to strengthen and expand these vital programs?
 
 YES [X] NO [ ]
 
Do you support a right to education and helping students struggling with loans
 –
who are graduating withdebts averaging $25,000 or more
 –
by expanding programs that keep loan payments affordable based on a student'sincome, as well as strengthening protections against predatory lending?
 
Everyone must pay their fair share
 
 YES [X] NO [ ]
Do you support treating money earned from investments similar to money earned from work so that
millionaires like Mitt Romney don’t pay lower tax rates than middle
-class families
 –
and will you oppose any bill that extendsthe Bush tax cuts for income over $250,000 per year?
 
 YES [X] NO [ ]
Do you support a Wall Street tax on financial speculation to make sure Wall Street firms are tradingresponsibly and paying their fair share?
 
Democracy for the 99%, not just the 1%
 
 YES [X] NO [ ]
Do you support a constitutional amendment to overturn
Citizens United 
and decisions giving corporationsthe same Constitutional rights as people, and to place reasonable limits on political spending and contributions?
 
 YES [X] NO [ ]
Do you support fair, clean elections, where candidates who capture the enthusiasm of enough smalldonors in their home state receive matching funds, so that everyday people can have the same voice in our governmentas the rich and well-connected?Signature: _______________________________ Date: __________5/10/2012____________________ Printed Name: ___Hakeem Jeffries_____________________ Office sought: _____U.S. Congress, New York-8
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