Fair Elections Now Act
On Tuesday, March 26th, Public Campaign President Nick Nyhart will join Reps. John Larson and Elizabeth Esty at a community forum in Farmington, CT to discuss money-in-politics and policies to raise the voices of everyday people in our political process. Live in Connecticut? Join us! You can RSVP here.
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Democratic Congressmen John Yarmuth (Ky.), John Sarbanes (Md.), and David Price (N.C.) each introduced public financing legislation last night. Congressman John Larson, chair of the Caucus' DARE Task Force on campaign finance and electoral reform issues, will work with the members to develop a bill that combines the best parts of all three. Rep. Yarmuth is taking over for Rep. Larson on the Fair Elections Now Act (HR 269), legislation Public Campaign has endorsed since its House introduction in 2009.
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md), along with approximately 30 of his House colleagues, introduced the Grassroots Democracy Act (HR 6426) on Friday, September 14. Here is a statement that Public Campaign President and CEO Nick Nyhart released after the bill was introduced: "Public Campaign supports Congressman Sarbanes' exemplary leadership to reduce the oversized role that corporate and special interest money have in our elections. The Grassroots Democracy Act complements the Fair Elections Now Act and elevates t
The bipartisan Fair Elections Now Act (HR 1404) recently received its 100th House cosponsor. More than one-fifth of the U.S. House of Representatives now supports Fair Elections, due in large part to the leadership of bill sponsor Rep. John Larson (D-Conn). The Senate companion legislation (S. 750) championed by Sen.
On Wednesday, House Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and campaign finance reform champion Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) held a forum centered on the issue of money in politics. They showed they understood the abysmal state of how our nation’s elections our paid for — and heard grim testimony from experts that the “perfect storm of money in politics” in 2012 will only continue to get worse if we do not enact reform.
Last week, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) spoke at a hearing of the Senate Rules Committee to discuss efforts in Congress to increase transparency in election spending and limit the influence of special interests lobbyists and corporations.
At 1:38, he explains that although he supports the DISCLOSE Act, he argues that in order to get to the heart of the problem that Congress needs to pass the Fair Elections Now Act:
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.), a strong supporter of the Fair Elections Now Act and a co-chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Fair Governance, wrote this op-ed in the Huffington Post detailing how billionaire-controlled Super PACs have taken over our elections:
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD), a strong supporter of the Fair Elections Now Act and a co-chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Fair Governance, has launched a Grassroots Donor Project. To counter super PAC spending and the role of big special interests, this project demonstrates the collective power that many individuals have by building a grassroots movement of small donors.
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) went on Up with Chris Hayes Sunday morning to talk about his plan for empowering small donors, modeled after the Fair Elections Now Act in Congress. As National Journal reported, "Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., says that super PACs could influence Congressional races in the same way they have the presidential race—and he may have a way for candidates to fight back."
Check out the video below that also features Public Campaign Action Fund board member Zephyr Teachout.