Sens. Sanders, Warren, Harris, and Booker Pledge to Fix Democracy Now
Candidates and Elected Leaders Across the Country Respond to Voter Demand to Present Plans to Fix Democracy
Washington, D.C. — This week, as part of Every Voice’s ‘Fix Democracy Now’ campaign Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker joined dozens of elected leaders and candidates across the country to make clear that making democracy work for everyone is a top priority, including reducing the influence of big donors, increasing access to the ballot, and ending gerrymandering.
Every Voice launched the weeklong campaign in partnership with over a dozen progressive organizations including End Citizens United, Move.org, Run For Something, Emerge America, Our Revolution, Indivisible, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and ActBlue to encourage activists to ask elected leaders and candidates running at every level of elected office from city hall to Congress to present their plans to fix democracy.
Sen. Sanders tweeted today:
Democracy means one person one vote, not billionaires buying elections. We need to #FixDemocracyNow by overturning Citizens United, moving toward public funding of elections, and ending voter suppression.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 2, 2018
Sen. Harris tweeted today:
In order to #FixDemocracyNow, we need to reduce barriers to the ballot box, end voter suppression for communities of color, and reform our broken campaign finance system. We shouldn’t have a system that drowns out the voices of the American people. — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 2, 2018
Sen. Warren tweeted a video with Ady Barker:
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) August 2, 2018
We can #FixDemocracyNow by: 1) fixing our broken campaign finance system; 2) strengthening the right to vote; 3) ending partisan gerrymandering. @StopBigMoney @EveryVoice — Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) July 30, 2018
“Fixing democracy has emerged as a top priority in the lead up to this year’s midterms, and for good reason,” said David Donnelly, president and CEO of Every Voice. “If politicians want to deliver on their promises from health care to the economy then they first have to get down to the business of making sure our democracy works for everyone, not just the wealthy and corporate interests.”
Over two dozen congressional candidates, many in the most competitive races in the country, have introduced new platforms and highlighted existing campaign promises to fix democracy through press conferences, press releases, Facebook Live events with constituents, and tweeting: Tom Malinowski (NJ-7), Sean Casten (IL-6), Angie Craig (MN-02), Josh Harder (CA-10), Joe Radinovich (MN-8), Elissa Slotkin (MI-8), Lauren Baer (FL-18), Lisa Brown (WA-5), Leslie Cockburn (VA-5), Susie Lee (NV-3), Scott Wallace (PA-1), Dana Balter (NY-24), Adrienne Bell (TX-14), Tedra Cobb (NY-21), TJ Cox (CA-21), Joe Cunningham (SC-1), Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Deb Haaland (NM-1), Mallory Hagan (AL-3), Steven Horsford (NV-4), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), Andrew Janz (CA-22), Max Rose (NY-11), and Nancy Soderberg (FL-6). More are expected to join their ranks throughout the week.
Other notable participants include Keith Ellison running for Minnesota Attorney General, Zephyr Teachout running for New York Attorney General, Rep. Brendan Boyle (PA-13), Eva Bermúdez Zimmerman running for Connecticut Lieutenant Governor, Aaron Regunberg running for Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor, and Maggie Oliver running for New Mexico Secretary of State. During a Facebook Live event this week, House Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3) said reform policies like those advocated for as part of this campaign would be “a first order of business priority.”
On Monday, #FixDemocracyNow trended nationally on Twitter as progressive leaders and candidates across the county running at the federal, state, and local level highlighted their plans to fix democracy.
Groups promoting the ‘Fix Democracy Now’ week—representing millions of Americans nationwide—include ActBlue, America Voters, Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, Center for American Progress, Center for Popular Democracy Action, Common Cause, DailyKos, Democracy Awakening, Democracy Initiative, Demos, EMERGE, End Citizens United, Every Voice, Fight For Reform, Franciscan Action Network, Indivisible, Latino Victory Fund, MapLight, MAYDAY, MoveOn.org, Move To Amend, Nation Action, Our Revolution, Patriotic Millionaires, People For the American Way, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Public Citizen, ReThink Media, Run For Something, and Working Families Party.
Learn more at FixDemocracyNow.com.
Every Voice is a national organization fighting for a democracy that works for everyone.