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MARRIOTT PLEDGES TO REFORM RULES ON CAMPAIGN FUNDS

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Dan Marriott says if he's elected to Congress he'll introduce legislation that would require federal candidates to raise half their campaign funds within their districts.

That's just one of a number of reforms Marriott, who is seeking his old 2nd District seat again, wants Congress to make.Marriott served in the U.S. House from 1976-1984. When he left the House to run for governor, Marriott said he was frustrated with Congress. "Of course I was frustrated. Who wouldn't be? I don't want to serve in the kind of Congress I left in 1984, the kind of Congress Wayne Owens feels so comfortable in today. I want to change Congress, and we can," Marriott said.

A good start is repealing the pay raises Congress voted itself - pay raises Owens voted for - said Marriott.

"We must also end all honorariums and outside income." House honorariums - the $2,000-per-talk speaking fees - will cease as part of the latest pay-raise deal. Senators are taking less of a pay raise, and while their legal honorariums will decrease, senators still will be able to receive speaking fees.

"Incumbent congressmen accept millions of dollars in campaign contributions from national special-interest groups on whose legislation they vote," said Marriott.

Owens traditionally receives considerable money from political action committees each election cycle. He says he doesn't like soliciting PAC money, but since it's part of the campaign process he'll do it until Congress changes the rules.

"Records of Common Cause (a citizen lobbying group) show that from 1983-1988, Owens received $392,711 from labor PACs alone. His total PAC receipts during that period were $818,981 - far more than he received from his district here in Utah," Marriott said.

Campaign funds should be used only for direct election costs, none for personal use, said Marriott. And a House or Senate member should be forced to return all unused campaign funds to contributors upon retirement and not be able to convert it for personal use.

He said if elected he'll seek moderate pay for members of Congress plus incentive pay set by a non-political, unrelated commission. The commission would base each incentive pay raise on how a member of Congress votes on fiscal issues like balancing the budget and reducing the federal debt, Marriott said.