Rep. Robin Kelly Applauded For Championing Voter Empowerment Legislation
Washington, D.C.—National campaign finance watchdog Public Campaign praised Rep. Robin Kelly for championing the Government By the People Act, legislation recently introduced in Congress that would lift the voices of everyday people in the political process.
On Tuesday, Rep. Kelly joined members of the NEA, Sierra Club, NAACP, and CWA on a call to talk about the bill and our broken campaign finance system.
"Congresswoman Kelly knows that our democracy works best when every American has a voice in the process," said Nick Nyhart, president and CEO of Public Campaign. "We applaud her leadership in cosponsoring and educating the public on the Government By the People Act, important legislation to empower everyday people in politics."
The Government By the People Act, HR 20, would allow candidates to run competitive campaigns for office by relying on small donations from people back home.
"It's time that heads of households carry as much sway in our political process as heads of industry,” said Rep. Kelly. “We need to put the voice of the people first. I support this bill and efforts such as this because they are vitally important in reducing the influence of big campaign contributors and put government back in the hands of everyday Americans.”
Here’s how the bill would work:
- To encourage participation, people could receive a $25 My Voice tax credit for their small donation.
- Participating candidates can super size their small donations through the Freedom from Influence Fund. Donations of $1 to $150 would be matched on a six-to-one basis.
- Candidates who raise additional small donations during the last sixty days of the election can receive additional funds to ensure they have the resources to compete against outside attacks.
You can learn more here: http://ofby.us.
Rep. Kelly joins 130 of her House colleagues as original co-sponsors, including Illinois Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D), Mike Quigley (D), Bobby Rush (D), and Jan Schakowsky (D) have also cosponsored HR 20. On Thursday, Sen. Dick Durbin is expected to introduce his Fair Elections Now Act, a similar bill for Senate races.