Fair Elections Now Act
An overwhelming majority of Americans are truly concerned by the amount of influence large donors have over candidates and their policies. Now, it's starting to come out that politicians feel the exact same way.
In his dissent in McCutcheon v. FEC, a recent Supreme Court decision that invalidated "aggregate" contribution limits," Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer wrote, "When enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard."
With its decision, the Court gave the biggest donors to political candidates and party committees--those that "maxed out" around $50,000, $80,000 or $120,000--more political power, making it harder for the voices of regular people to be heard.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, putting our elections more squarely in the hands of a wealthy few. Roughly fifty members of the House and Senate criticized the ruling in statements or tweets, with many mentioning their support for solutions like the Government By the People Act or Fair Elections Now Act in response. A round up of statement highlights, followed by all the tweets are below.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and 16 of his Senate colleagues introduced legislation Wednesday to raise the voices of everyday people in our elections by super sizing the influence of small dollar donors. The Fair Elections Now Act would allow candidates for the U.S. Senate to run competitive campaigns for office by relying on small donations from people back home.
In a release, Sen. Durbin said:
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.
Here are the details:
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.