The Government By the People Act
The Government By the People Act (H.R.
A GOVERNMENT OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE
The Government By the People Act is a bipartisan reform
package designed to combat the influence of big money politics, raise civic
engagement and amplify the voice of everyday Americans - putting the public
interest back in front of special interests.
AMERICANS TO PARTICIPATE
everyday Americans with a refundable My Voice tax
credit to help spur small-dollar contributions to candidates for Congressional
office. Empowering more Americans to participate in campaign
giving will improve our representative democracy and reduce Congress'
dependence on big money interests.
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
Establish a Freedom
from Influence Fund to multiply the impact of small-dollar
donations. Small-dollar contributions ($150 or less per
election) will be matched from the fund, provided the candidate receiving the
contribution forgoes big money special interests and focuses on earning
broad-based support from small-dollar donors. Carefully crafted to provide
participating candidates sufficient resources to compete, the Freedom
from Influence Fund would make the grassroots supporter
just as powerful as the big money donor.
AGAINST BIG MONEY SPECIAL INTERESTS
Prevent Super PACs and Dark Money interests
from drowning out the voice of everyday Americans. In the wake of the Citizens
United decision, unlimited outside spending has monopolized the airwaves in the
final weeks of elections. Citizen-funded candidates who are able to raise at
least $50,000 in additional small-donor donations within the 60-day "home
stretch" of the general election would be eligible for additional resources,
ensuring the voice of the people is heard.
Supporting the Government By the People Act:
Americans for Campaign Reform, Citizen Action of New York, Communication
Workers of America, Common Cause, Credo Action, Daily Kos, Demand Progress,
Democracy for America, Demos, Greenpeace, MoveOn.org, National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People, Professor Lawrence Lessig, Progressive
Change Campaign Committee, Public Campaign, Public Citizen, Rebuild the Dream,
Rootstrikers, Sierra Club, US PIRG, Wolf PAC, and Working Families
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