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Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

Don’t Let Big and Dark Money ‘Drown Out the Truth and Drown Out Your Voice’

Apr 3, 2018
In The News

Rather than selling out to match Republicans dollar for dollar, Democrats can increase their appeal to grass-roots voters by taking a firm stand against corporate influence. And by championing reform legislation such as the Government By the People Act, a plan introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) that would implement a system of matching public funds in federal elections, Democrats can demonstrate that they are committed lifting up the voices of regular voters.... Reform groups such as Every Voice have long argued that the effort to get big money out of politics must also bring people back in, which is what Sarbanes’s bill and many state and local reform laws do. The cost of elections today increases the power of the privileged few while diminishing that of working Americans and, as such, harms democracy itself. Real reform must turn this on its head. As Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer warned in 2014, “Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard” — unless that money comes from the public itself.