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Money in Politics

Elections should be about the voters not big money interests. It’s time to limit SuperPACs and secret donors to protect representative democracy.

Why it matters

Reducing the influence of big money in our politics makes our elections fairer. Voters have the right to know who is raising money for which political candidates, how much money they are raising and how that money is being spent. Our elections should be free from corruption and undue influence and should work so that everyday Americans can run for office, even if they aren't well connected to wealthy special interests. 

What we're doing

We fight to reform money in politics in Congress, with state legislatures, with the executive branch and, where appropriate, the courts. We are deeply committed to reforming our nation's campaign finance system to ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, and enable candidates to compete more equitably in public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process. 

Money in Politics In Depth

The League joined with coalition partners on a letter sent to the chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committees urging them to protect and maintain the Johnson Amendment.

The League and members of the Declaration for American Democracy Coalition sent a joint statement from diverse groups to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of HR1, the For the People Act.
 

Members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps visited members of the U.S. House urging them to support HR1, the For the People Act.

The League sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives addressing HR1 as the bill needed to heal our country.

This morning, U.S. House leadership unveiled a sweeping democracy reform bill that will make elections fairer and put power back in the hands of the American people. HR1, the For the People Act, is a roadmap to solve the problems facing our democracy.  

Activists are arranging in-person meetings with incoming members of the 116th House of Representatives and dropping in to have conversations with staff members on the need for HR 1, the first bill that the House plans to take up in January. 

The League was proud to work with Senator McCain on his bipartisan efforts to reform campaign finance reform and remembers his legacy as a political maverick. 

The League endorsed the Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act introduced by Senator Warren.

The Treasury Department opened a massive loophole that will allow special interests to launder unlimited amounts of undisclosed, illegal contributions into federal elections.

Monday morning, the Center for American Progress hosted a panel discussion examining pro-voter and anti-corruption strategies to make government work more effectively for American democracy.