U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand establishes campaign platform of restoring faith and transparency to Washington

With the November elections in sight, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., used her visit to UAlbany’s East Campus this past week to establish her positions on issues ranging from the price of gas to officials’ financial transparency.

She vowed to combat gas price gouging through the support of investigations that would serve to “create more accountability and transparency,” a connecting theme in her many remarks.

In response to the release of the president’s tax returns in April, and his likely Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s refusal to do the same, Gillibrand said she seeks to “lead by example,” but that “every candidate will make their own determination about what’s best for their constituents and what level of transparency and accountability they should be under.”

Since she was first elected to public office, Gillibrand has consistently made public her earmark requests, meetings and personal finances.

“As this debate has continued to grow, it seems to me that people have lost faith in Washington, and so they are looking for more transparency, more accountability,” she said.

Continuing her theme of accountability, Gillibrand lashed out at the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens’ United, blaming the court’s ruling for the current lack of campaign funding transparency, with a specific focus on the anonymity surrounding broadcast campaign advertisements.

“Tens of millions of dollars are being spent across the country, and they are mostly being spent on negative ads,” Gillibrand said. “The people who watch these ads look at Washington and say ‘Washington is even more broken than it’s ever been before.’ It undermines people’s confidence in government.”

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