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Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

Fighting Back Against Big-Money Politics

Dec 12, 2015
In The News

At the federal level, we’re also advancing real solutions that put everyday people back in charge of our democracy. That’s the idea behind H.R. 20, the Government By the People Act, a reform that would create a new way for candidates to fund their campaigns.

Under this proposal, Americans would receive a “My Voice” tax credit for small-donor political contributions, enabling them to support a candidate running for Congress. Then, if that candidate agrees to voluntary contribution limits, H.R. 20 would boost each small donation using a “Freedom From Influence” matching fund. The combination of the tax credit, which allows more Americans to participate in the political process, and the matching fund, which amplifies the power of each voter’s donation, would empower the voices of everyday citizens against the special interests that dominate the political process.