“There’s an over-whelming cynicism of the American people in their government caused by the feeling that Congress has been corrupted by special interest money.”- Warren Rudman
On Tuesday October 8th the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. This is an important case that could have a profound impact on federal election law.
Our leaders should be elected by, and accountable to, the voters based on their ideas, ability, experience, and character, not their access to individuals, entities or special interests that can give and raise large campaign contributions. A public funding system should support candidates who can show widespread support by building a base of small donor contributions.
In this brief, amicus demonstrates that the sum is much greater than that, given the possibility of a potentially unlimited number of political action committees (“PACs”) to which a contributor may make contributions up to the base limit set for contributions to such committees. Each such committee may then make contributions to individual candidates. In view of the iron rule that in political campaigns whatever may lawfully be done will be done, without aggregate contribution limits, the amount of money that a contributor can hope to direct to a chosen candidate is virtually limitless.
In a letter sent today to the five FEC Commissioners, reform groups urged Commissioners to take no action regarding the FEC Enforcement Manual until the two nominees who have been appointed to serve on the Commission are confirmed and take office
The reform groups sending the letter include Americans for Campaign Reform, the Brennan Center for Justice, the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Demos, the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, Sunlight Foundation and U.S PIRG.
Our organizations strongly support S. 375, the “Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act,” bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Jon Tester and cosponsored by 33 Senators.
The organizations include Americans for Campaign Reform, Campaign Finance Institute, the Campaign Legal Center, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Demos, the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen, Sunlight Foundation and U.S. PIRG.
We urge you to support efforts to move this bill through the Senate as expeditiously as possible.
ACR supports voluntary public funding of elections through a system which encourages candidates to rely on small donations from a large number of supporters, provides matching funds to maximize the impact of small donations, requires full disclosure of money spent to influence elections, has reasonable contribution limits and provides each eligible candidate with the resources necessary to run an effective, competitive and winning campaign.
All of us at Americans for Campaign Reform are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our friend and colleague Bob Edgar, President of Common Cause. Bob was a true public servant who dedicated his life to making our democracy more responsive to everyone.
Business leaders are calling for full disclosure and small-donor citizen-funded elections that will restore power to the voters.
Watch ACR’s Larry Noble in NOW with Alex Wagner
On January 15, four members of the Task Force on Election Reform, led by Congressman John Larson (D-CT) introduced three campaign-finance reform bills aimed at empowering small donors, reducing the influence of well-financed special interests and encouraging candidates to spend time with their constituents, as opposed to spending time with those who can write or raise the biggest checks.