Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

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Sarbanes Reintroduces Government By the People Act (H.R. 20)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Daniel JAcobs
Jan 24, 2017
(202) 225-4016
Bill Would Reduce the Corrupting Influence of Wealthy Donors and Return Us to a Government Of, By and For the People

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes today, along with 148 original co-sponsors, reintroduced the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), a bipartisan bill to reduce the influence of big money in politics and put people’s interests ahead of wealthy special interests.

“Wealthy donors and well-connected D.C. insiders are blocking progress on nearly every issue that the American people care about,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “We need to break Congress’ reliance on big-money donors so we can return to a government of, by and for the people. That’s the idea behind the Government By the People Act, which would provide Americans – and the candidates they support – with enough resources to run a competitive campaign without having to rely on PACs and wealthy donors. Liberated from the endless chase for big-dollar donations and special-interest contributions, Congress would better channel the will of the American people.”

The Government By the People Act has three main components:

  1. Empower citizens with a $25 tax credit to make a campaign contribution.
  2. Amplify the voice of individuals by matching each small-donor contribution.
  3. Protect the voice of the people from being drowned out by Super PACs and shadowy outside groups.

To learn more about the Government By the People Act, visit: https://sarbanes.house.gov/bythepeople.

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