U.S. House of Representatives Introduces “Government By the People Act”


From pfaw.org


I was horrified when, through the “Citizens United” ruling, corporations were given the Supreme Court’s blessing to spend unlimited sums of money on the candidates of their choice. How, I wondered, can individuals like me have an equal say in elections? Can my vote still count?

Just a few nights ago, I got an email from an activist group I’m a member of called People For the American Way (PFAW). Now I have hope that, just maybe, important reforms can be made to America’s campaign finance laws. I always knew it was a long shot, so getting this email was a very pleasant and very encouraging surprise:

Earlier this month, I was joined by  Leader Pelosi and more than one hundred of our colleagues in the House of  Representatives to introduce the Government By the People Act — a novel proposal that would create a campaign finance  system that empowers everyday Americans. This important legislation would  reverse much of the damage caused by Citizens United by keeping the voices of ordinary people from being drowned  out by Super PACs, corporate special interests and billionaires.

Thank you for being  among the first 70,000 people to join PFAW’s petition as a citizen cosponsor  of the bill.

I hope you’ll continue to spread  the wordand get others to sign, and that you’ll take a moment to  read the op-ed I published along with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in the Washington  Post, “Reversing  the grievous error of Citizens United.”

Click  here to share the petition and help recruit more citizen cosponsors.

We must  disclose the sources of the money in our campaigns, amend the Constitution to  reverse the grievous error of the Citizens  United decision, reform our broken campaign finance system and  empower citizens everywhere to exercise their right to vote.

The  Government by the People Act would help build a politics and a government that  answer to the people. Together, we can reassert the full promise of our ideals  and restore confidence in our democracy.


2 thoughts on “U.S. House of Representatives Introduces “Government By the People Act”

  1. I’m supporting this proposal too. If we don’t solve this problem of money in politics, influence peddling, and political corruption, democracy in America might disappear altogether – and that would be terrible.

    Next week, possibly on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court could announce its ruling on the McCutcheon case which is yet another challenge to our campaign financing laws. I’d guess they will make a similar decision, but we’ll see.

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