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Leading democracy reformers are asking every candidate for Congress to tell us where they stand on our 13-point Fighting Big Money agenda, the plan to restore balance to our democracy and put We The People back in charge

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These 5 principles make up the Fighting Big Money agenda, the comprehensive plan endorsed by leading reformers to restore balance to our democracy:
  • 1. Everyone participates.

    The next Congress should commit to a 21st Century democracy where everyone participates.

    Members of Congress should endorse, prioritize, and work aggressively to pass legislation to provide public funds that will amplify small donations to federal candidates who agree to lower contribution limits.

  • 2. Everyone’s voice is heard.

    The next Congress should commit to a 21st Century democracy where everyone’s voice is heard.

    Members of Congress should endorse, prioritize, and work aggressively to pass legislation to reduce barriers to the ballot box and increase turnout.

    Members of Congress should support meaningful contribution limits so a wealthy few cannot use their economic power to shut out ordinary citizens.

  • 3. Everyone knows.

    The next Congress should commit to a 21st Century democracy where everyone knows who funds campaigns.

    Members of Congress should push to pass legislation enacting new disclosure requirements for outside spending groups, urge the FEC to create regulations responsive to the Citizens United decision that would eliminate secret money contributions, urge the SEC to require public corporations to disclose their political spending, urge the FCC to require advertisers to disclose their “true identity,” and urge the IRS to more clearly define political activity so organizations cannot abuse the system to keep their donors secret.

    Congress should support an executive order requiring all federal government contractors to disclose their political spending.

  • 4. Everyone plays by fair, common sense rules.

    Members of Congress should commit to a 21st Century democracy where everyone plays by common-sense rules and should pledge to restore our pro-democracy Constitution by endorsing, prioritizing, and passing the Democracy for All amendment.

    Senators should confirm justices who will transform the Supreme Court’s approach to money in politics and revive the People’s ability to protect our democracy. Members of the House should urge their Senate colleagues to confirm such nominees.

  • 5. Everyone is held accountable.

    The next Congress should commit to a 21st Century democracy where everyone is held accountable.

    Members of Congress should endorse, prioritize, and work aggressively to pass legislation to create a new enforcement agency with real power to hold campaign violators accountable and legislation to shut down individual-candidate super PACs and strengthen the rules that prohibit coordination between candidates and outside spending groups.

    Senators should commit to confirming FEC commissioners who promise to enforce existing law and an Attorney General who will prioritize addressing violations of campaign finance and election laws. Members of the House should urge their Senate colleagues to confirm such nominees.