Money in Politics
Elections should be about the voters not big money interests. It’s time to limit SuperPACs and secret donors to protect representative democracy.
Why it matters
Reducing the influence of big money in our politics makes our elections fairer. Voters have the right to know who is raising money for which political candidates, how much money they are raising and how that money is being spent. Our elections should be free from corruption and undue influence and should work so that everyday Americans can run for office, even if they aren't well connected to wealthy special interests.
What we're doing
We fight to reform money in politics in Congress, with state legislatures, with the executive branch and, where appropriate, the courts. We are deeply committed to reforming our nation's campaign finance system to ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, and enable candidates to compete more equitably in public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process.
LWV believes that our campaign finance system shoud combat political corruption. We believe that political corruption includes:
A candidate or officeholder agrees to vote or work in favor of a donor's interests in exchange for a campaign contribution.
An officeholder or staff gives greater access to donors.
An officeholder votes or works to support policies that reflect the preferences of individuals or organizations in order to attract contributions from them.
A candidate or officeholder seeks political contributions implying that there will be retribution unless a donation is given.
The results of the political process consistently favor the interests of significant campaign contributors.
We support the public financing of elections in which candidates must abide by reasonable spending limits. In the District of Columbia, we supported passage and funding of the DC Fair Elections Act of 2017. For election year 2020, we have partnered with the DC Government Office of Campaign Finance to raise awareness for citizens of the public finance option for candidates.