Government By The People Act
This year, voters elected nearly 300 candidates who ran using “clean election” type programs in Arizona, Connecticut, and Maine. These were candidates who relied on public grants after raising a minimum of small donations. Clean candidates can focus on broad support, often one voter and small donation at a time, not exclusive fundraisers. In Connecticut, 84% of winners ran “clean,” and in Maine, 58% of winning campaigns used the Clean Elections program, according to an analysis of state records.
On Sunday, 100,000+ are expected to descend on New York City for the People’s Climate March. For the occasion, we found the top ten ways big polluters have contaminated our politics, and here they are in no particular order:
In an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers this past Monday, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assured the comedian he wouldn’t be going to jail if the Democracy For All amendment were to be ratified.
The concerns came from a speech Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave during last week’s senate debate over the amendment were he argued passage of the bill could lead to satirists and comedians to be jailed.
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Maryland) spoke on the floor of the House today in support of the Democracy For All Amendment currently being debated in the Senate.
The amendment would allow Congress to sent common sense limits on campaign spending and fundraising, ensuring wealthy interests aren’t able to drown out the voices of everyday people in the political process.
“There’s a megaphone being held by these Super PACs and these outside groups that’s drowning out the voice of everyday citizens so that their opinions and their perspective can’t be heard,” said Sarbanes.
Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) recently unveiled his “Holding Congress Accountable” legislative package. The package includes a set of bills the former college professor authored or helped introduced to restore the public’s faith in their government.
Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), and Jim McGovern (Mass.) and 100 House colleagues introduced a “Democracy for All” amendment (HJ Res 119) Tuesday to give Congress and state legislatures the ability to regulate campaign spending and fundraising.
Harvard Law Professor and MayDay PAC founder Lawrence Lessig spoke with On the Media Friday about the need to reform the way our elections are financed. He said the goal of his new super PAC, which reached its fundraising goal of $5 million on July 4th, is to elect a Congress in 2016 that is committed to reform.
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.
The Senate should pass Sen. Tom Udall's constitutional amendment to give Congress the ability to regulate campaign spending, Public Campaign president Nick Nyhart wrote in testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee today. And in the short term, Nyhart wrote, Congress should take up small-donor empowerment legislation like the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 2023) and Government By the People Act (HR 20).
Nick Nyhart on Justice Stevens' and Senator Udall's Efforts to End "a Constitutional Right to Bribery"
Public Campaign President and CEO Nick Nyhart went on 920 KVEC’s Dave Congalton Show Wednesday to talk about retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ and U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s (D-N.M.) proposed constitutional amendments. Nyhart summarized the possible amendments, their differences, and why public financing is a critical part of any changes in campaign finance laws.
On the democratic crisis that has born these two amendment proposals, Nyhart said: