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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

"From its start, the race for Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat seemed destined to be one of most expensive political battles in Massachusetts history..."

"Senator Scott P. Brown and Elizabeth Warren, his likely Democratic opponent, agreed Monday on a plan to try to stop outside groups from running attack ads in their high-profile, high-stakes race..."

One of the YES! Magazine Breakthrough 15 honorees was a quiet, stay-at-home Maine mom and League of Women Voters member, who became a clean-elections champion.

But Public Financing of Elections Survives

“American people deserve better,” says League of Women Voters

League Calls on Congress to Fix Secret Cash in American Elections

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