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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 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.

The League submitted comments to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) with regards to the proposals being considered to add disclaimers to online advertisements.

LWVUS sent a letter to U.S. Senate offices encouraging Senators to cosponsor and pass S. 1989 the Honest Ads Act. Members of the LWVUS Lobby Corps will also be visiting offices on this topic.

 Julie Kessel, President of the St. Petersburg Florida Area League, talks to The Union Edge about the FIRST municipality post-Citizens United to abolish Super PACs and limit foreign corporate spending in local elections.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted unanimously to update and strengthen regulations for online advertisements after thousands of activists including League members and supporters sent comments calling for these upgrades.

Every American has the right to know who is paying for online political ads, whether it is organizations with ties to foreign governments or wealthy special interests at home.

The Act provides an important roadmap for solving the vital issues facing our political system and serves as a vehicle to help renew Americans’ faith that the problems facing our democracy can be solved.