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Every Voice Praises Hillary Clinton for Highlighting Plan to Fix Our Democracy

July 29, 2016 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C. — National campaign finance group Every Voice praised Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for pledging to fix our broken democracy during her nomination acceptance speech and offering the most concrete and comprehensive plan to address money in politics of a nominee in recent history.

“Hillary Clinton has offered the clearest plan of action to ensure every voice is heard in our politics, not just the wealthy, of any recent nominee—a sign of how critical the issue of money in politics is in this election and has galvanized millions of voters across party lines,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “Clinton is right to highlight the role money in politics plays in preventing our economy from working for all of us, and her path to the White House will be easier if she continues to campaign on the her solutions to empower everyday people in politics.”

In her acceptance speech, Clinton said, “And here’s what I believe. I believe America thrives when the middle class thrives. I believe that our economy isn’t working the way it should because our democracy isn’t working the way it should. That’s why we need to appoint Supreme Court justices who will get money out of politics and expand voting rights, not restrict them. And we’ll pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United!”

Past nominees of both parties have referenced money in politics with little discussion of concrete actions:

  • In 2012, Obama referred to “an avalanche of money” in our elections.
  • In 2008, Barack Obama said our government should ensure opportunity for all of us, “not just for those with the most money and influence.” John McCain talked about the problem of corruption and how he’d “fought to get million-dollar checks out of our elections.”
  • In 2000, Al Gore promised that a campaign finance reform bill would be the first he sent to Congress.
  • In 1996, Bill Clinton asked the audience at the convention, “Will you help me get campaign finance reform in the next 4 years?”

“Hillary Clinton is entering the general election with a strong plan to reform money in politics, and in order to make clear that these aren’t empty promises, voters will be looking for her to put the issue of reducing money’s influence in politics front and center as she campaigns across the country ahead of November,” said Donnelly.

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