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Every Voice Praises Senate Democrats for Responding to Voter Concern Over Money in Politics

June 9, 2016 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C.—Following the release of their “We the People” policy agenda, national money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice praised Senate Democrats for responding to voter demands to increase accountability and transparency in our elections while reducing the power of big money in politics.

“A broad majority of Americans agree we need to reduce the power of big money in politics and we applaud Senate Democrats for responding to deep public concern that our elections no longer work for regular people,” said Adam Smith, communications director at Every Voice.

Specifically, the plan introduced today includes increased disclosure of spending of super PAC donors who give $10,000 or more, increased transparency by requiring candidates to report donations of over $1,000 within 48 hours, and a permanent ban on lobbying by former members of Congress. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Senators Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Tom Udall (N.M.), and Jeff Merkley (Ore.) are leading this effort

Most of these proposals are reflected in the money-in-politics reform plans offered by both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who have also embraced policies to empower small donors within the political process—an essential step to restoring the values of equality and participation to our electoral system.

“It is exciting to see lawmakers in Washington encouraging action on this issue that the American people are clearly angry about, even as we see increasing domination of big money funders within the system.” said Smith. “Every candidate up and down the ballot should commit to being a champion of reform if elected—voters will reward them for it.”

Release available on our website.

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Every Voice is a national nonpartisan organization fighting for a democracy that works for everyone. Learn more at everyvoice.org.