District 3 Congressional candidates on the issues: Would you refuse campaign contributions on principle?


Last week we sent five questions that we developed based on input from our readers to candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Third Congressional District.

Incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder’s campaign declined to participate in the questionnaire, sending us the following statement:

As a policy we do not respond to questionnaires like this.

Here’s item number five:

Under what circumstances would you refuse to accept a campaign contribution? Have you refused any contributions on principle this cycle?

Jay Sidie (Democrat)

Jay Sidie

I think you can’t accept contributions from industries whose primary goal is the opposite of what you believe. For example I’ve made my opposition to practices in the payday loan industry a point of contrast in this campaign and because of that and what they represent I just couldn’t ever accept money from them.

Libertarian candidate Steven Hohe has not acknowledged receipt of the questionnaire and did not send in a response to any of the questions so far.

Responses to questions that ran earlier this week can be found here:

Monday: Who are you supporting for president? Why?

Tuesday: What specific measures to change the Affordable Care Act would you support and how would those changes improve American health coverage, especially for Americans not covered by employer health insurance?

Wednesday: Are there any issues from your party’s platform with which you significantly agree or disagree? Is so, what are they?

Thursday: Since 1996, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not allocated any significant funding to the study of gun violence prevention. Do you believe funding should be allocated by the CDC to study gun violence?