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“The only way to fundamentally change the dysfunctional dynamic of our elections is to restore ‘purchasing power’ to the American people through a voluntary public funding system.”

- Bill Hudnut
Former Congressman from Indiana
ACR Advisory Board Member

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Barbara Lawton Responds To News From The Court & New York

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

To say the news this week is disheartening would be an understatement. Were we without a vision to restore strength to our democracy, it would be devastating. Let me explain.

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ACR Urges Congress To Support Comprehensive Campaign Reform Bill

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The Empowering Citizens Act (H.R. 270), sponsored by Representatives David Price and Chris Van Hollen is the most comprehensive campaign finance reform legislation pending in Congress.

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ACR Seeks Strategic Development Coordinator

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The new Strategic Development Coordinator will have at least 3-5 years of mid-level or higher development experience. The selected candidate will be responsible for managing the design, planning, and execution of fundraising and development activities with a focus on foundations and individual donors at all levels. ACR places a premium on collaboration between communications and development functions, and the Strategic Development Coordinator will play a key role in nurturing this critical relationship.

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ACR Seeks Manager of Media/Communications

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Americans for Campaign Reform is seeking an accomplished Manager of Me-dia/Communications who has at least 5 years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” role within a nonprofit or policy-oriented entity, and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and donor communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audi-ences through the best distribution channels is critical.

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Bipartisan Group Of Over 160 Women Calls On Gov. Cuomo & Elected Leaders To Stand Up For Public Funding

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

A group of over 160 prominent women today released a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the New York State Legislature urging them to ensure public financing of state elections is passed in this year’s budget. The bipartisan group of women, including Republican Governor Christine Todd Whitman and Gloria Steinem, join a rapidly growing group of national and New York leaders calling on Governor Cuomo to push for passage of his proposal to eliminate the undue influence that big money donors hold over the electoral process in New York, and for the state Legislature to support it.

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ACR promotes small-donor citizen funded elections at Long Island Rotary Clubs

Monday, February 24th, 2014

“New York State legislators have an opportunity to restore trust in government in Albany this legislative session by changing the way elections are financed, but they must hear a loud and clear demand from constituents that this change is important and a priority” according to Rob Werner, National Field Director of Americans for Campaign Reform, who spoke to Long Islanders recently at the Babylon and Islip Rotary Clubs.

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John Nichols: Barbara Lawton’s New Job Is A Crucial One

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Barbara Lawton is not going to run for governor of Wisconsin this year, despite the fact that the popular former lieutenant governor still gets plenty of encouragement to wade back into the political fray.

Instead, Lawton is throwing herself into the fight to change the way in which campaigns for governor, Congress, and the presidency are run.

This week, the progressive Democrat who served two terms as lieutenant governor, and who briefly sought her party’s gubernatorial nomination in 2010, stepped into a new role as president and CEO of Americans for Campaign Reform. As head of the national campaign finance reform group, Lawton will focus her considerable energies on an issue about which she has been passionate since her first foray into politics as a state Senate candidate in 1996. As outside money from so-called “independent” groups flowed into the Green Bay-area contest, she says, “I was appalled, I was shocked, that voters couldn’t hear my voice. Or even my opponent’s voice. … What I realized was that the outside money wasn’t just talking. It was shouting.”

Lawton began to shout back. She took a leadership role in the Heffernan Commission, an effort by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Heffernan to develop strategies to address the outsized influence of big money on Wisconsin campaigns. In 1998, she joined gubernatorial candidate Ed Garvey on a statewide ticket that accepted no contributions of more than $100. They didn’t win, but the campaign made Lawton a hero among reformers.

Barbara Lawton is not going to run for governor of Wisconsin this year, despite the fact that the popular former lieutenant governor still gets plenty of encouragement to wade back into the political fray.

Instead, Lawton is throwing herself into the fight to change the way in which campaigns for governor, Congress, and the presidency are run.

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Barbara Lawton Named ACR President and CEO

Monday, January 6th, 2014

In announcing the appointment, John Rauh, Chair of the Board of ACR, said, “Our Board felt strongly that the leader of ACR should have real-life experience running campaigns, raising campaign funds and serving in public office. We also agreed that a history of bipartisan, constructive movement building was vital. Barbara Lawton offers ACR all this, and more.”

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McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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.

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Rob Werner’s Testimony Before the Moreland Commission in New York

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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.

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