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Every Voice Statement on Martin O’Malley’s Money-In-Politics Plan

October 1, 2015 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C.—As presidential candidate Martin O’Malley releases a plan to fix our broken campaign finance system, national money-in-politics group Every Voice has the following statement:

“Martin O’Malley has provided a strong plan, focused both on reducing the barrier of big money and raising the voices of everyday people in politics. What’s missing is a proposal to fix the way presidential elections are funded and support for an executive order to require government contractors to disclose political contributions,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “Considering all major Democrats in the race have similar ideas for how we can fix our broken system, the upcoming debate would be the perfect opportunity for them to discuss what they’ll do to make solutions that put everyday people at the center of our democracy a reality.”

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. 

O’Malley’s plan, released by the campaign today, can be viewed here.

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