Campaign Finance Reform & Voting Rights
Our Founders pledged their lives, their liberty and their sacred honor to build a democracy: a government of the many, not of the money.
Recently, misguided and destructive Supreme Court decisions in McCutcheon, Citizens United and Shelby County have given corporations and lobbyists a stranglehold on government, while denying millions of Americans a say in what gets done in Washington. Emboldened by these decisions, Republicans in the White House and Congress are further tearing away the protections that keep government accountable to the people.
Congress must act swiftly to restore confidence in the bedrock principle of our democracy: that, in the United States of America, it is the voices of the people, not the bank accounts of the privileged few, that determine the outcome of our elections and the policies of our government.
Democrats will fight to give people their government back, by getting rid of unlimited, undisclosed spending by corporations and billionaires, by reducing the power and influence of special interests in Washington and by protecting the right to vote. No longer should the super-rich and corporations get a free pass to skirt the rules, while hard-working Americans are forced to foot the bill.
WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE DOING
From Seneca Falls, New York to Selma, Alabama, Americans have always stood up against policies that fail to live up to the promises of our democracy. Today’s generation must do the same. We must D.A.R.E. to reclaim our politics:
- Disclose the sources of money in our campaigns,
- Amend the Constitution to reverse the grievous error of the Citizens United decision,
- Reform our campaign finance system, and
- Empower citizens everywhere to exercise their right to vote.
Democrats are committed to taking action to strengthen the voices of the American people. That’s why we launched the By the People Project, a comprehensive package of democracy reforms to strengthen our nation’s ethics laws, fix our broken campaign finance system and re-empower the American voter.
To counter the influence of big money in politics and return power to the people, we also introduced the Government by the People Act, which would provide Americans, and the candidates they support, with the tools they need to compete with big-money politics.
Democrats are also fighting to pass two vital bills to safeguard a key pillar of our democracy: the sacred right to be heard at the ballot box. The Voting Rights Advancement Act would restore full protections for voters in states with a recent history of discrimination, while the Voter Empowerment Act would expand access to the ballot box and ensure that every vote is counted as cast.