Fighting Corruption Starts with Reducing Big Donor Influence
The Baltimore Sun editorial board is right on the money about our city's brand new Fair Elections Fund ("Here's how $2.5M can help protect Baltimore residents against public corruption," March 9). To bolster confidence in our political syste, small donors must be empowered to compete with deep-pocketed special interests. Baltimore's groundbreaking effort to institute a citizen-owned clean elections system can get us there.... Drawing on the momentum of local reform efforts all across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives acted on year ago this week to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act — a transformative anti-corruption and clean elections bill that would rebalance power in Washington, uproot entrenched special interests and put the American people back in charge of our democracy. H.R. 1 includes a multiple matching system for congressional campaigns for all the same reasons that Baltimore is pursuing its new system. With the combined energy of local and federal reform efforts, we can clean up political corruption and return power back to the American people — where it belongs.