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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

Editorial Note: This piece was first published as part of the Huffington Post's Shadow Convention discussion on money in politics and on my Huffington Post blog.The growing influence of money in politics threatens to corrupt our representative form of government, where the people – through their votes – are supposed to make the decisions. 

 

"After recent Supreme Court rulings, are states foreclosed from using a public financing system just for judicial elections?"

“‘Fortunately, Senator Udall and Senator Bennet did vote to allow debate on this vital issue,’ said Cath Perrone, LWV of Colorado. ‘We are proud that the senators from our state stood up for the voters against the special interests pouring huge sums of secret money into the elections’...”

“The Juneau [Alaska] League of Women Voters is proud that Senator Begich voted to move ahead with this critical legislation and stood up for the voters against the special interests. We were disappointed, however, that Senator Murkowski voted to block...”

“Their rationale for their votes doesn't take into account the need to know who's influencing elections.”

“The League of Women Voters of Glenview [IL], along with other Leagues across the nation, believes we must preserve the integrity of our electoral process by increasing transparency and letting the sunlight shine in.”

Voters deserve to know origins of secret money in elections

“The League of Women Voters of Ohio urges Ohioans to contact Senators Brown and Portman and ask them to support sending the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 to the floor for a vote.”

In addition to the radio ads, we recently aired in Maine and Tennessee on the importance of disclosure in general, our state and local Leagues across the country have also been working hard to ensure their Senators know we want them to stop secret spending and to give the voters the information they need to make informed decisions. Below are just some of the Letters to the Editors and Op Eds that our state and local Leagues have succeeded in getting published on the importance of disclosure.