On DISCLOSE Act's Passage, Congress Should Move Forward with Fair Elections Now Act
Washington, D.C.—With today’s successful vote on the DISCLOSE Act, Congress has shown it is moving, however imperfectly, to take on special interest influence in Washington, D.C., but there is more to be done, according to campaign watchdog Public Campaign. The DISCLOSE Act creates much needed transparency in our political process and the U.S. House of Representatives should now move to pass the Fair Elections Now Act, legislation that would cut the campaign cash link between Congress and BP, Goldman Sachs and other big money special interests.
“Shining a light on who’s investing in our elections is important, but it is not enough.” said Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of Public Campaign. “Congress must go further and pass the Fair Elections Now Act which would change politics and make elected officials accountable to their voters."
“Corporations and lobbyists have owned our elections for too long,” continued Nyhart. “Members of Congress should focus on the interests of their constituents instead of political insiders. The Fair Elections Now Act will help us take back our country and our democracy.”
Sponsored by Rep. John Larson (D-Conn) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Fair Elections Now Act would give us a government that is of, by, and for the people. Under Fair Elections, candidates for Congress could run competitive campaigns for office on a blend of small donations and Fair Elections Fund matching dollars.
The Fair Elections Now Act has broad cross-caucus and bipartisan support of 153 members of the House and 21 U.S. Senators. The legislation has been endorsed by more than 40 national organizations representing tens of millions of Americans.