League testifies on four Campaaign Finance Bills
The League joined a letter sent to the Committee on House Administration opposing legislation that would terminate the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (HR 133) and the Election Assistance Commission (HR 634). The two bills would have a profound impact on the way elections are financed and administered.
The League of Women Voters joins with allies to urge Senators to oppose all campaign finance riders and other “poison pill” riders to any CR or omnibus bill to be considered in the remaining days of this Congress.
“Big money, secret money, is taking over our elections while the FEC sits on its hands. It is time for a change – a big change,” said President MacNamara.
For 25 years the presidential public financing system, which has put value on small donors in our electoral process, has served the nation well. Unfortunately, Congress failed to modernize the system, and the Presidential Election Campaign Fund is broken today.
President Obama called for “reduc[ing] the influence of money in our politics, so that a handful of families or hidden interests can’t bankroll our elections” during his final State of the Union speech. As we mark the sixth anniversary of Citizens United v. FEC, here are four solutions for fighting the influence of money in politics.
League President Linda Beebe is quoted in The Washington Post on money in local DC politics.