Isaiah Castilla

Reward Small Donors AND Leverage Their Contributions?

In our own advocacy work, Alliance for Justice has supported public financing legislation at the state and national level for many years. We believe that empowering regular people to participate in political campaigns is not only fundamentally democratic—but also holds the greatest potential for reducing the dominance of wealthy donors and big business in our politics.

Co-sponsor Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) speaks at the bill's introduction.

Co-sponsor Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) speaks at the bill’s introduction.

That’s why we’re excited to endorse a new legislative proposal—The Government By the People Act (H.R. 20)—that will encourage and leverage the contributions of small donors.

Yesterday, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), along with 129 original co-sponsors, introduced the bill.

This legislation would greatly reduce the influence of big money on Capitol Hill and raise the voices of everyday Americans in the political process by:

  • Providing everyday Americans with a $25 refundable My Voice tax credit to help spur small-dollar contributions to candidates for Congressional office.
  • Establishing a Freedom from Influence Fund to multiply the impact of small-dollar donations ($150 or less) with a 6-1 match from a public fund.
  • Preventing Super PACs and Dark Money interests from drowning out the voices of everyday Americans.

The Government By the People Act strikes at the heart of our big money problem, empowers ordinary voters by matching their small donations, and would hold members of Congress accountable to the people that elected them, not the wealthy donors who currently fund their campaigns.

It’s time we return to government of, by, and for the people, not government bought and paid for by big money campaign donors.

Learn more about the Government By the People Act and find out how you can get involved in the campaign to pass the legislation at www.ofby.us.

Comments

This would certainly begin to level the field. Proportional voting would be a great addition.

Howard Christofersen Reply

Sounds like a good idea. Also would be good to amend the Constitution to reverse the United Citizens decision.

caroline Good Reply

If a corrupt congress continues to sell the public trust to private interests with the support of a corrupt judiciary without regard for law the people will be left with no recourse but to eliminate both and rightly make their own laws.

Bob Higgins Reply

Sounds like a good idea. Please also introduce a bill that will reverse the Citizen’s United decision.

caroline Good Reply

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