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:
Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) will be joined by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and over 100 House members as original cosponsors of the Government By the People Act (HR 20), a bill to lift up the voices of everyday people in the political process through empowering and encouraging small dollar donors. If you're in DC, there's a press conference at 11 am in the Capitol Visitors Center--email me for info.Feb04
Tomorrow (Wednesday, February 5): Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and other special guests will introduce the Government By the People Act during an 11 am press conference in the Capitol Visitors Center. Interested in attending? Let me know!Feb04
The Denver Broncos may not have scored many points in the Superbowl on Sunday, but they did outscore the Seahawks in political donations. USA Today reports that Broncos have given more to federal candidates than their opponments.Feb04
Last week, Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) wrote at length about the need for campaign finance reform in a great op-ed in the Concord Monitor. In the piece she came out in support of the Government by the People Act - a bill that will be introduced this week by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) that would amplify the voices of everyday Americans.
Year-end fundraising reports are due to the FEC tomorrow. Politico's Byron Tau offers some suggestions of what to look for in the filings.
I'd add: who raised money or held fundraisers during the shutdown?Jan29
President Obama in last night's State of the Union: "Citizenship means standing up for everyone’s right to vote. Last year, part of the Voting Rights Act was weakened. But conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats are working together to strengthen it; and the bipartisan commission I appointed last year has offered reforms so that no one has to wait more than a half hour to vote.Jan28
First: We are sad to report that our talented researcher (and sometimes clips sender) Kurt Walters is leaving us this week for a new opportunity. So, do you like fighting for a fairer democracy, campaign finance analysis, and spreadsheets? We're hiring a Research Analyst. Here's the job description.