Advocacy Groups Gets Serious About Fighting Big Money in Politics

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As the 2016 election season heats up, we at Pennsylvanians for Fair Elections wanted to give you a heads up about a new initiative to fight money in politics on the national level.

Advocacy groups are urging American voters to sign a petition urging presidential candidates to embrace an agenda that fights big money playing a role in elections.

Myriad nonprofit advocacy groups have signed on to the project, including the Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Democracy Matters, Demos, Every Voice, Free Speech for People, Issue One, Mayday, People for the American Way, Public Citizen, Represent.Us and U.S. PIRG.

On the petition website, the groups write:

Like every generation before us, Americans are coming together to preserve a democracy of the people, by the people, and for the people. American democracy is premised on the consent of the governed, and on the idea that we all deserve a say in the government decisions that affect our families. We stand united supporting commonsense protections that recognize the people as the ultimate check on the corrosive influence of money in politics, which is eroding the very foundation of self-government.
The groups write, “Any presidential candidate claiming to oppose big money in politics or the influence of wealthy special interests must lay out a concrete, detailed plan that reflects the agenda’s core principles and policies.”
That agenda calls for:
  • the creation of a system of public funding for elections
  • an increase in voter turnout by reducing barriers to the ballot
  • an increase in disclosure regarding what entities are funding what candidates’ political ads
  • overturning Citizens United
  • the creation of an agency that would enforce campaign law violations

The group is asking that American voters sign their petition, which can be viewed here.

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