Mike Huckabee, one of the candidates for US presidential elections 2016, met during a roundtable discussion on campaign finance with the members of Iowa past Tuesday. This is the first time ever where a presidential candidate has approved a meeting with Iowa Pays the Price Group and their underlying initiatives.
“We’ve invited other candidates, but we haven’t been able to schedule them,” said Ruth Lapointe, the group’s campaign director . She said that their efforts always responded with the candidates sending them information about their position on campaign finance.
Predicting Iowa caucuses would end very soon, especially given the financial situation, the meeting ended on a rather positive note with things working out in the member’s favor.
“Historically, money didn’t buy it – not in ’12 when Rick Santorum won; not in ’08 when I won. Both of us were greatly underfunded compared to our competitors. But we went out there and put in the shoe leather. We made connections with voters and the voters picked, not the donors. If we see that change this year, it’s not Iowa that loses, it’s America that loses,” said Huckabee during his speech to the members of Iowa in the roundtable discussion on campaign finance.
Iowa Pays the Price – a non-partisan group supporting transparency in campaign finance – urged Huckabee with their initiatives. They believed that holding people who break the rules accountable and putting in an effort to increase voter participation is something that should be implemented vigorously. They have an established website set up online in order to make the communication between them and among their followers easier and more convenient. All types of information are mentioned in detail on the website, including the events that are to take place, the initiatives they have undertaken among other things.
During the meeting, Huckabee was even reported to say that he believed the candidates should be granted access to unlimited financial donations, not necessarily reporting each and every one of them. He said he didn’t like the current financial system wherein the Political Action Committee had the liberty to raise a substantial amount of money without disclosing the sources of the donations. He further said the candidates must be given the right to have a say in how the PAC money should be spent.
Michael Dale Huckabee, also known as Mike Huckabee, has served as the 44th governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He had also been a candidate in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries. He was a part of the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses. He started his career with Fox news channel, where he hosted a talk show, named Huckabee.
Further, he penned down some of the best selling publications in those times. He has also been a musician, a public speaker, a Baptist minister and a commentator. There is hardly anything that this celebrated person hasn’t done. Although, it is his second run for the U.S. presidency, this time he looks more promising than ever.