Donald Trump called federal campaign finance laws a “shame” and a “disgrace” on Friday and indicated for the first time that he would support laws to reform the campaign finance system.
“I love the idea of campaign finance reform,” Trump said during a press conference in New Hampshire.
As he’s done in the past, Trump slammed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as a “puppet” and accused him of being beholden to donors his campaign and super-PAC donors. But the real estate billionaire went further by indicating he would support additional legislation to regulate campaign finance.
“One of the things you should do is everybody should be known. If somebody gives a million or two million or five million it should be known,” Trump said, while decrying rules prohibiting PACs from coordinating with campaigns as “nonsense.”
PACs have “millions of dollars raised, $100 million raised, and they don’t coordinate with the other people?” he asked incredulously.
“I mean, Bush puts his best friend in there. They don’t talk?” he continued.
“Come on. We’re not babies. It’s a shame. It’s a disgrace.”
Trump also referenced Citizens United, the conservative non-profit group that won a 2010 Supreme Court case which allowed non-profit groups to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns.
Trump said that while he is friends with Citizens United president David Bossie, he opposes the Supreme Court ruling in the group’s favor.
“It’s not a great decision for me…because I’m putting up my own money,” Trump said.
Trump has not given a hard dollar figure for how much he’s willing to spend on his campaign. When he first announced his candidacy in June, he said he’s willing to spend “whatever it takes.”