“The real problem in Washington today is there’s too much money in the political process. We need to go to public financing of elections.”
“At less than $1 billion per year for all congressional elections, a Fair Elections program could prove the best investment ever made with public money given the $87 billion in annual corporate welfare subsidies to major contributors.”- Christine Todd Whitman
ACR Founder and CEO Emphasizes Importance of Public Funding in Wide Ranging Speech (Hanover, NH) Americans for Campaign Reform Founder and CEO John Rauh made a passionate argument for voluntary public funding of federal elections during a presentation hosted by the esteemed ILEAD program at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. During his talk, Rauh acknowledged [...]
One would like to think that the court will eventually admit the folly of its 2010 ruling and reverse it. But we can’t wait that long. And out of this dreary landscape, hope is blossoming in the state of New York. There’s irony here, since New York is where a lot of the big national money is coming from. No matter. The state is considering a campaign finance law that would repair some of the Citizens United damage, and in a way the Supreme Court wouldn’t be able to touch.
There is no legitimate policy or constitutional grounds on which to oppose the DISCLOSE Act. We strongly urge Senators to support the new DISCLOSE Act and to take all necessary steps to promptly enact the legislation.
“The people of Maine blazed a trail over ten years ago when they voted to establish a new way to elect their political leaders through the Clean Elections System. In the elections since, both Republicans and Democrats have embraced this approach to politics, as 80% of all Maine legislators have been elected by using the program and over 75% of the state’s voters approve of it. As a former U.S. Senator and co-chair of Americans for Campaign Reform, I applaud the people of Maine and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections for leading the effort to defend this important and proven program that puts voters in the driver’s seat of democracy.”
New York Leadership for Accountable Government (NY LEAD) today announced that several new and prominent members have added their names to a growing list of New Yorker’s who are demanding comprehensive reform to the way elections are funded in the Empire State. Former Nebraska Senator and Governor Bob Kerrey, along with Danny Meyer, Charles Myers and Frank Selvaggi have joined NY LEAD to advocate for campaign finance reform in order to restore fairness and integrity to New York’s political process.
“To restore some faith into the democratic process, we urge you to nominate new commissioners to the FEC prior to the 2012 elections.”
ACR Founder John Rauh was recently interviewed for the upcoming film, “The Washington Influence Industry.” You can see a segment of the interview here.
New Hampshire Voters Frustrated By Special Interests A new poll released this week by Americans for Campaign Reform and the Committee for Economic Development shows deep frustration among likely New Hampshire Primary voters over the increasing influence of special interest money on the federal government. The poll, fielded by The University of New Hampshire Survey [...]
I was proud to testify at the April 12 hearing on Sen. Dick Durbin’s campaign finance bill about which Will wrote last week. I spoke in support of reform that has everything to do with values he has long espoused: free speech, citizen participation and accountable government.