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Every Voice Praises Clinton’s New Money-in-Politics Reform Platform

September 8, 2015 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C.—With amplifying the voices of everyday Americans at its core, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s plan to reduce the influence of big-money donors, including small-donor public financing, is strong and bold, said national money-in-politics group Every Voice.

“With the release of this strong, bold plan, Hillary Clinton recognizes that in order to create government of, by, and for the people—not just the wealthy campaign funders—it’s crucial to amplify the voices of regular voters” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “What she has proposed is both good policy and good politics. That’s why Clinton should actively campaign on this platform and push these solutions to the center of the debate in the days, weeks, and months to come.”

Early summer polling indicates that voters across the political spectrum want candidates who will address our broken campaign-finance system. According to a New York Times/CBS News poll, 84 percent of Americans believe money has too much influence in politics and 85 percent believe we need either fundamental changes to or a complete rebuilding of our campaign-finance laws. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that money in politics is the top concern for voters ahead of the 2016 presidential election. 

Clinton’s comprehensive plan, released by the campaign today, includes:

  1. implementing small-donor matching funds for congressional and presidential campaigns;
  2. comprehensive disclosure of secret money, including issuing an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending;
  3. appointing Supreme Court justices that would overturn Citizens United; and
  4. a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and other cases.

These policy proposals reflect those offered in Fighting Big Money, Empowering People: A 21st Century Democracy Agenda, policy memo released in July and sent to every presidential campaign by Every Voice and a dozen other democracy reform organizations to provide a roadmap for presidential candidates to develop their own platforms. Other Democratic candidates have also offered policy solutions as well, including small-donor public financing and an amendment to reverse the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

Money in politics has become an unavoidable issue on the campaign trail. Republican and Democratic candidates alike talk regularly about the role and influence of money in the political system in debates and forums, at campaign events, and in the press. You can keep track of these statements on Every Voice’s Tumblr at http://talkingaboutmoneyin2016.tumblr.com/.

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