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 firstname.lastname@example.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.