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Every Voice Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

September 23, 2016 | Adam Smith

Clinton has pledged to strengthen our democracy, Trump denigrates it

Washington, D.C.—Citing Hillary Clinton’s comprehensive plan to give everyday people a bigger voice in our elections and Donald Trump’s dangerous anti-democratic policies and rhetoric, national money-in-politics reform group Every Voice announced its first-ever presidential endorsement.

Statement from David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice, on endorsing Hillary Clinton:

“America’s democracy is strongest when it welcomes people of all backgrounds and views, and recognizes the self-worth of every individual and every voice, irrespective of one’s wealth or political connections. It’s degraded when groups of people are singled out and marginalized on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, ability, or religion.

“In the presidential race this year, Americans face a clear choice. One candidate wants the voices of all people to be heard in our democracy. Another has decided his road to the White House depends on demonization and demagoguery, preying on our worst fears as a nation.

“So for Every Voice, an organization whose mission is to raise the voices of everyday people in our political system, there is no question. For the first time in our history, we will make an endorsement in the race for the White House.

“Every Voice endorses Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. She has offered the boldest, most comprehensive plan to strengthen our democracy of any major party nominee in recent history, including a call for a small-donor matching system for Congressional and presidential elections. She believes the wealthy and powerful have too much influence in our elections and the rest of us too little, that it is difficult to solve our country’s problems when everyday Americans don’t have a seat at the table. She wants to bring more people into the political process and ensure access to the ballot box.

“Donald Trump’s candidacy represents the opposite. His racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic rhetoric and policies would shut people out and make our elections less reflective of our country’s diversity. He has criticized our campaign finance system, but has offered no policy proposals to address its problems. His dangerous and irresponsible claims of a ‘rigged’ election will undermine faith in our democratic institutions while encouraging voter intimidation at the polls. He has voiced support for restrictive voting measures that courts found intentionally discriminated against African-American communities.

“Our current system of big money politics demands endless courtship of a relatively small group of extraordinarily wealthy Americans. It’s a system Secretary Clinton has long participated in. But to see change in this system, we need to see political leaders who will stand firmly on the side of voters for far-reaching reform, even as they work within the current rules. Secretary Clinton has done precisely this.

“Secretary Clinton believes in the promise of our democracy and wants to make it stronger. She has pledged to make reforming our political system a ‘top priority’ if elected. We will do what we can to elect her this November and then, we will go to work with Americans from all over the country to advance our common agenda and to hold her accountable to these promises once she’s sworn in next January.”

Last September, Clinton released a comprehensive platform to strengthen our democracy. She has said she will make campaign finance reform “a top priority” if elected and has pledged to introduce a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision in her first 30 days.

Secretary Clinton’s support for these reforms is not new. As a U.S. Senator, she cosponsored legislation by former Sen. John Kerry and late Sen. Paul Wellstone that would’ve created a small-donor system similar to what she endorsed this year.

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Every Voice is a national advocacy group fighting for a democracy that works for all of us. We advocate policies at the local, state, and federal levels that will reduce the power of big money and give everyday people a bigger voice in our elections.