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.”
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.