“Congress can’t function on the great national issues of the day under the system we’ve got. The time is now to go to voluntary public funding.”- Alan Simpson
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 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.
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
Former Sens. Chuck Hagel and Warren Rudman in The New York Times: “We believe that every senator should embrace the Disclose Act of 2012. This legislation treats trade unions and corporations equally and gives neither party an advantage. It is good for Republicans and it is good for Democrats. Most important, it is good for the American people.”
One would like to think that the court will eventually admit the folly of its 2010 ruling and reverse it. But we can’t wait that long. And out of this dreary landscape, hope is blossoming in the state of New York. There’s irony here, since New York is where a lot of the big national money is coming from. No matter. The state is considering a campaign finance law that would repair some of the Citizens United damage, and in a way the Supreme Court wouldn’t be able to touch.
“The people of Maine blazed a trail over ten years ago when they voted to establish a new way to elect their political leaders through the Clean Elections System. In the elections since, both Republicans and Democrats have embraced this approach to politics, as 80% of all Maine legislators have been elected by using the program and over 75% of the state’s voters approve of it. As a former U.S. Senator and co-chair of Americans for Campaign Reform, I applaud the people of Maine and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections for leading the effort to defend this important and proven program that puts voters in the driver’s seat of democracy.”
“To restore some faith into the democratic process, we urge you to nominate new commissioners to the FEC prior to the 2012 elections.”
ACR Founder John Rauh was recently interviewed for the upcoming film, “The Washington Influence Industry.” You can see a segment of the interview here.
New Hampshire Voters Frustrated By Special Interests A new poll released this week by Americans for Campaign Reform and the Committee for Economic Development shows deep frustration among likely New Hampshire Primary voters over the increasing influence of special interest money on the federal government. The poll, fielded by The University of New Hampshire Survey [...]