Fair Elections

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Fair campaign finance reform is needed for our government. There are two bills in the US Congress that could do this at the federal level.

We need to support Fair Elections and return our government to one that’s of, by, & for the people–not bought & paid for by special interests. There are two bills in Congress that would make this happen – 1) the Government by the People Act (HR. 20) and 2) the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 2023).

The lead co-sponsors of The Government by the People Act (HR. 20) are House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.)This bill allows “everyday Americans [to take] a $25 refundable My Voice tax credit to help spur small-dollar contributions to candidates for Congressional office” and establishes “a Freedom from Influence Fund to multiply the impact of small-dollar donations ($150 or less).” There are 138 additional co-sponsors.  In addition, organizations such as Alliance for Justice, Americans for Democratic Action, Common Cause, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the Sierra Club have endorsed this bill. Currently, there are over 50 organizations who have signed on as supporters of this bill.  You can see the full list of Congressional co-sponsors and organizational endorsers here.

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has introduced The Fair Elections Now Act (S. 2023).  This bill that would allow Senate candidates to run for office by relying on small donations from people back home.  Currently, there are 15 additional Senators who are co-sponsoring this bill.  Organizations such as the Brennan Center for Justice, Credo Action, League of Conservation Voters, NAACP, and Working Families have endorsed this bill. Currently, there are 38 organizations that have signed on as supporters of this bill. You can see a full list of the Senatorial co-sponsors and organizational endorsers here.

You too can publicly support these bills.  Public Campaign and a coalition of organizations are working to return our government to one that is of, by, and for the people–not bought and paid for by special interests.  They have created a website for individuals and organizations to sign on in support of these bills.

As an individual, You can sign on the Government By the People Act / Fair Elections Now Act website as a “citizen cosponsor”  of the Government by the People Act. If you represent an organization, your organization can endorse the Government by the People Act here.

There is not a sign-up page on this website for signing on to the Fair Elections Now bill as either a citizen co-sponsor or as an organizational endorser.  I don’t know why. If you are interested in signing on in to the Fair Elections Now bill, I suggest you contact them and make this request as I believe both bills need grassroots support. They do have an email address where you can contact them via email at ofby@publicampaign.org or by sending a letter to Public Campaign, 1133 19th Street NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20009.

In either case, you can also follow this campaign for fair elections on Twitter by following @ofbyus.

Let’s get this done. Return our elections to the people. Pass both the Government By the People Act and the Fair Elections Now Act.

5 thoughts on “Fair Elections

  1. Lorenzo Canizares

    “We demand a government that is accountable to all of us, not just wealthy donors. I support the Government by the People Act (H.R. 20), which reduces the influence of big-money campaign donors by amplifying the voices of all Americans. Candidates can then focus their attention on people like me to support their campaigns, instead of bankers or lobbyists. As a citizen co-sponsor, I urge my representative to be a leader in ensuring that our government is of, by, and for the people by working to pass this critical bill.”

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  2. Hello, My name is Shawn Martin Finch and I have am a victim of emotionall distress due to a prison mistke in which I acquired a death certificate. Life insurance was awarded as well as an emotional distress award given to my mother. Can you all help me to even finally receive even an apology from the prison for stressing me out?

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    • Hi Shawn,
      Have you contacted The Innocence Project? They are an organization that works with people who have alleged that they have been wrongfully imprisoned. I believe since you have been exonerated, they can easily give you some recommendations on how to receive the apology from the hierarchy at the prison where you were incarcerated. Their website is located at http://www.innocenceproject.org/. Another possibility is for you to talk to a Legal Aid lawyer in your state; you should check the blue pages or yellow pages online or in a phone book to find your nearest local contact. The one other website I found that might have some information is a group called Death Penalty Focus which advocates for ending the death penalty; I don’t know if they provide services or not, but you might want to check them out as well. Their website is located at http://www.deathpenalty.org

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