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“We have all seen how the influx of big money distorts our agenda, limits competition, and undermines democracy. With Fair Elections, the power rests with voters, not special interests.”

- Bill Bradley
Former Senator from New Jersey
ACR Chair

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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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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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Reform Groups Urge Senators to Support Bill Requiring Electronic Filing of Campaign Finance Disclosure Reports

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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.

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Business Groups Call For Campaign Finance Reform

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Business leaders are calling for full disclosure and small-donor citizen-funded elections that will restore power to the voters.

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Larry Noble Appears on MSNBC

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Watch ACR’s Larry Noble in NOW with Alex Wagner

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For Political Closure, We Need Disclosure

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

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.”

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How to beat Citizens United

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

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.

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ACR Co-Chair Alan Simpson Speaks Out In Support of Maine’s Clean Elections Law

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

“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.”

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ACR sponsored FEC petition reaches goal of 25,000 signatures

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

“To restore some faith into the democratic process, we urge you to nominate new commissioners to the FEC prior to the 2012 elections.”

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