As corporate dollars have flooded into America’s electoral process, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) cosponsored legislation to put an end to big money’s influence in politics and put everyday Americans back in charge of their government. The Government By the People Act would allow for congressional candidates to rely on small donor fundraising and still remain competitive in tight races.
“A priority of the government should be to ensure people have a voice in elections because our nation is stronger when we’re all involved in the decision-making,” said Davis. “The voices of average Americans are being drowned out by big money. There needs to be a leveling of the playing field if we are going to continue to have a government of the people, by the people and for the people.”
The bill would provide a My Voice Tax Credit to empower more Americans to take part in the electoral process and democratize political campaigns. A matching fund would boost small dollar contributions and strengthen the voice of everyday Americans. To qualify for the fund candidates must agree to limit the contributions from large-dollar donors.
In the final stretch of a campaign, candidates would have an opportunity to earn additional resources ensuring that Super PACs and dark money groups cannot stifle the voice of the people.
This bill is a constitutionally sound solution to the problems created by the Citizens United ruling, which opened the floodgates to billions of dollars in corporate money into our elections. Davis is also a cosponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment to undo the Citizens United ruling.
Election reform and expanding access to the democratic process is a centerpiece of Davis’s work in Congress. She has introduced legislation to lift restriction on absentee voting and is a cosponsor of a number of voter empowerment bills.