CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
The Democratic candidate vying to replace 5th District Congressman Tom Garrett is calling for transparency when it comes to campaign finances.
On Wednesday, October 17, Leslie Cockburn hosted a conversation in Charlottesville about the need for campaign finance reform.
Cockburn discussed the importance of campaign finance reform just days after updated campaign finance reports were released.
Cockburn held Wednesday night’s event with End Citizens United, an organization that works to reverse a U.S. Supreme Court ruling from 2010 that currently doesn’t place a limit on the amount of money a corporation or association can donate toward political campaigns.
She also discussed the importance of not taking money from large corporations or super PACs.
Organizers with End Citizens United say campaign finance reform is a bipartisan issue.
"This is an issue that Republicans, Independents, and Democrats support,” Jordan Wood of End Citizens United said. “All voters across America want more transparency and accountability in our democracy, they want to get special interest money out of politics."
"I have made the decision quite some time ago not to take corporate PAC money, and I think it’s a start in giving Congresspeople the freedom on the Hill to represent their constituents and represent what they believe in, rather than represent the people who are pouring huge amounts of money into campaigns," Cockburn said.
Cockburn raised nearly $1.1 million this past quarter with the average donation being around $48.
And with Election Day being just 20 days away, Cockburn says now more than ever is the time for all candidates to have transparency when it comes to campaign finances.