Robert Ornelas Questionnaire responses

1) Do you support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overrule the Supreme Court’s decisions in Buckley v. Valeo (1976), Citizens United v. FEC (2010), McCutcheon v. FEC (2014) and other cases that have taken away the authority of government to effectively regulate campaign finance in order to limit the outsized effect of wealthy individuals, corporations and special interest groups in our elections?

I do not support the amendment to the U.S. Constitution because dealing with campaign contributions from a First Amendment perspective is unconstitutional and can not limit expenditures, caps on campaign spending, and the limits on what candidates could contribute to their own campaigns. We should constantly be on guard against the thinking that restricting speech will somehow make us a better society.  Without freedom of speech, our society would be diminished.  To diminish freedom of speech is to lessen the authority, dignity and reputation of the American people.

2) Do you support public financing for federal, state and local elections?

I do not agree with spending taxpayer dollars on political campaigns.

3) Would you support legislation requiring the media to provide free airtime in the public interest to vetted candidates, with the goal of reducing the amount of money required to run a campaign?

I have been blessed to work in the Hollywood media world for many years publishing content for our Gospel Hip Hop group The S.O.G. Crew that has been around since the 90s and currently working on our 5th album thanks to Thump Records, Universal Music Group, and Lowrider Magazine.  My team and I understand the power of the media. I do support legislation that requires media to provide free airtime in the public interest to investigate candidates before making decisions.   Educating voters on how to exercise their democratic rights, reporting development of election campaigns, providing a platform for candidates, and providing a platform for the public to communicate their concerns, opinions, and the issues that the electorate are passionate about is what we need for a free and fair election.

4) Would you support lobbying reforms at the federal, state and local levels so that all of us are fairly represented, and the “revolving door” between government and wealthy organizations or individuals is eliminated?

I do support lobbying reforms but need to see specific proposals.

5) Would you support the elimination of the rigging (gerrymandering) of congressional and state representative districts so that every citizen is fairly and equally represented in Congress and our state legislatures?

I support the constitution. Districts are not based on citizenship but based on the population of the district.  I do not support practice intended to establish an unfair political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating the boundaries of electoral districts.

6) Would you support protecting the integrity of the election process and the right and ability of every citizen to vote in order to ensure that every citizen’s vote counts equally?

Yes I do support protecting the integrity of the election process. One person one vote.  There are too many people that are registered in more than one address and should have one domicile in which they are registered to vote. Students are an example because of their dual residency.

7) Would you support enacting anti-corruption, ethics and conflict of interest laws that apply to federal, state and local executive officials, legislators and judges?

Yes, I do support laws that will eradicate and eliminate dishonest and fraudulent conduct.

8) Do you support or oppose the following legislation and why:

a) H.R. 1/ S.1, the For the People Act;

I do support the For the People Act. We should create new ethics rules for federal officeholders to hold them accountable for their public and professional conduct.

b) the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act;

I do not agree with discriminatory voting practices and partisan dirty tricks. Every eligible voter should be able to cast their ballot on Election Day free from obstruction or intimidation.

c) H.R. 51, the D.C. Statehood Act; and

I support D.C. receiving statehood and becoming the 51st state.  I do not agree with Americans being denied representation in Congress.

d) legislation to reform or repeal the Senate filibuster?

I agree with legislation to reform the Senate filibuster because I do not agree with wasting taxpayers’ dollars and resources.  I cannot agree with attempts to extend debate in order to prevent the passage of a bill.