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Every Voice Praises Clinton for Pledging to Make Reform A “Top Priority”

July 12, 2016 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C.—National campaign finance group Every Voice praised presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for pledging for the first time to make reforming our campaign finance system a “top priority” if elected.

Statement from David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice:

“Hillary Clinton is right that our current big money system keeps too many people with good ideas from running for office and we applaud her for pledging to break down those barriers by making reform a ‘top priority’ if elected president. Millions of voters were energized this year by a message of reforming our broken campaign finance system and Clinton should continue to speak to them and the majority of Americans who want concrete, comprehensive solutions to give everyday people a bigger voice in politics.”

Clinton reiterated today her support for overturning Citizens United v. FEC, creating a small-donor matching system, and increased disclosure of political fundraising and spending. Her full remarks on the issue today are below:

“We won’t get anywhere unless we overhaul our campaign finance system. It is past time to end the stranglehold of wealthy special interests in Washington and get back to government of the people, by the people, and for the people. As president, from my very first days, I will make campaign finance reform a top priority.

“We will do everything we can to overturn Citizens United, and we will require everybody – Democrats, Republicans, independent, whoever – to disclose all of their donors. And while we’re at it, we’re going to create a small donor matching system to make it easy for more Americans to be elected at every level of government. Because just like Bernie, I have met so many impressive people here in New Hampshire and across America with great ideas for our country. I want to see you run for office and win.

“And here’s another radical idea: let’s make it easier to vote, not harder. Let’s fight back against attacks on voting rights across the country, attacks that disproportionately affect low-income voters, people of color, students, the elderly, and women. That means we need to restore the voting rights act, and then keep going. All Americans should be automatically registered to vote on their 18th birthday. Every state should have at least 20 days of in-person voting and none in America should have to wait more than 30 minutes to cast their ballot. So Senator Sanders and I will be working to get unaccountable money out of politics and the voice of everyday Americans back in. Because as Bernie has said, this isn’t a progressive issue, it’s not a conservative issue, it’s an American issue.”

Last September, Clinton released a comprehensive money-in-politics reform plan modeled after the “Fight Big Money” agenda released last summer by 13 reform organizations

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