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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 or public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process. 

Money in Politics In Depth

The Supreme Court ruled that aggregate campaign contribution limits are invalid in the case of McCutcheon v. FEC. "[This] decision simply means more power for big money, more corruption for the rest of us,” said League president, Elisabeth MacNamara.

The League joined with reform groups to ask Representatives to Co-Sponsor H.R. 270, the Empowering Citizens Act.

The League joined a letter asking President Obama to veto H.R. 2019 which repeals public funding for party presidential nominating conventions.

Yesterday, the League of Women Voters joined with Rachel’s Action Network (RAN) to host a breakfast honoring the women of the U.S. Congress.

LWVUS submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service urging urged them to keep pushing to stop the secret ‘dark money,’ while at the same time protecting truly nonpartisan work to provide the public with unbiased voter information.

The League submitted comments to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regarding the proposed guidance for tax-exempt 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations on candidate-related political activities.

In last night’s annual State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Obama laid out his priorities for the coming year. Here’s the rundown of what he said on our issues and how it aligns with League positions.

In 2010, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for big money and special interest influence when they announced their decision in Citizens United v. FEC. None of us knew just how bad this decision would be for our democracy.

H.R. 2019 is part of an ongoing effort to repeal the presidential public financing system.

The League of Women Voters of the U.S. today spoke out in support of the new notice of proposed rulemaking for non-profit, 501(c)(4) organizations announced last week by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).