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Groups Urge Party Platform Committees To Include Bold Democracy Reforms

June 14, 2016 | Laura Friedenbach

Washington, D.C. — Today, national money-in-politics organizations submitted testimony to both the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee urging them to include policies in their party platforms to empower everyday people in politics and reduce the power of big money, following presidential primaries for both parties in which voter anger about money in politics played a central theme. 

“Americans are fed up with a political system that too often works for big donors at the expense of everyone else, and they’re tired of politicians talking about the problem but not taking action. In their party platforms this year, both Democrats and Republicans should offer a bold, comprehensive plan to raise the voices of everyday people in politics,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice.

The letter to the DNC is here

The letter to the RNC is here

The platform being suggested is the Fight Big Money agenda, released last summer by 13 national money-in-politics advocacy groups. The agenda is also reflected in the reform plans released by both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. While Donald Trump has repeatedly talked about the problems with the system, he has yet to offer any proposals to address them.

Organizations signing one or both the letters include Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Democracy 21, Demos Action, Democracy Matters, Every Voice, Free Speech for People, People for the American Way, and Public Citizen.

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