I read an article titleD “Are committee positions for sale in Congress?” by Deirdre Shesgreen and Christopher Schnaars, of USA TODAY. In this article it talks about the members of Congress and the “dues” they are asked to pay.

The question is are these dues tied to the committee or position on a committee that congressmen get. One of the congressmen that was quoted in the story was Pat Tiberi who stated “Who is best invested in us being in the majority? It’s us!” That is such an interesting answer since records show that Mr. Tiberi has contributed $0.00 of his personal money to his campaign.

I question if Mr. Tiberi would feel the same if he was actually “investing” his own money. I don’t feel it is the responsibility of a congressman to be telemarketers for a party. If congressmen feel the need to give financial support to a party let them do that from personal accounts. We need complete change to the structure of funds and how they are able to be used, the amount that can be given and to whom they may be given to.

That is why I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives as a write-in candidate. Please don’t settle for the business-as-usual candidate.

— John Baumeister