Government By The People Act

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Loebsack Unveils "Holding Congress Accountable" Legislative Package

One Chart that Explains 40 Charts that Explain Money in Politics

Today, published “40 charts that explain money in politics.” Chart after chart shows how expensive politics is now, the explosion of federal PACs, how the money is spent, and the rise of dark money.

We love that Vox has turned its attention to the problem of money in politics, but these charts don’t actually explain much. They describe the problem. They don’t explain it. And they certainly don’t offer up any solutions.

So what does explain the problem? Well, we made a chart:

Bipartisan Commission Releases Recommendations for Money in Politics Reform

Report CoverFrom redistricting reform to a five-day work week for Congress, a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center Commission on Political Reform, chaired by a handful of former Democratic and Republican

Nick Nyhart on Justice Stevens' and Senator Udall's Efforts to End "a Constitutional Right to Bribery"

Public Campaign President and CEO Nick Nyhart went on 920 KVEC’s Dave Congalton Show Wednesday to talk about retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ and U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s (D-N.M.) proposed constitutional amendments. Nyhart summarized the possible amendments, their differences, and why public financing is a critical part of any changes in campaign finance laws.

On the democratic crisis that has born these two amendment proposals, Nyhart said:

Life Savings or Max Donation: The Political Consequences of Asset & Income Inequality

Our citizenship should grant us equal access to government, but nearly half of Americans would be bankrupted by making a maximum donation to a federal candidate. Underscoring this fact, this April, two well-received publications further cracked the façade of American democratic accountability and economic mobility. 

Rep. Sarbanes Speaks on Growing Support for Government by the People Act

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) appeared on WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks Friday to talk about the Government by the People Act (HR 20), his own fundraising program modeled after the bill, and why there’s growing support for small donor public financing on Capitol Hill.

NEW POLL: Battleground survey shows strong support for reducing influence of money in politics

New battleground state polling released today by Friends of Democracy, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and Public Campaign Action Fund shows that the American people, across party lines, are strongly opposed to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, which allowed for even more big money in elections, and favor the Government By the People Act (H.R.

Republican Walter Jones Supports the Government By the People Act

Congressman Walter Jones (R-N.C.) is an original cosponsor of the Government By the People Act. This week he was praised by Democracy North Carolina for his support of the legislation.

BIG NEWS: Government By the People Act Introduced

Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) will be joined by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and over 100 House members as original co-sponsors of the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), a bill to lift up the voices of everyday people in the political process through empowering and encouraging small dollar donors.

The Government By the People Act would allow candidates to run for office by relying on a large number of small donations from people back home—instead of big donations from lobbyists or Wall Street bankers.

Here’s how it would work: