Yesterday, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced his Government By the People Act, HR 20, legislation to raise up the voices of everyday people in the political process.
The bill (full description here) empowers everyday Americans to participate in the election process by providing every American a $25 My Voice tax credit that can be donated to a Congressional candidate of your choice. With Americans newly empowered to participate in campaign giving, candidates will be able to re-engage with everyday voters, improving our representative democracy and reducing Congress' dependence on big money interests.
It also amplifies the voice of everyday Americans by providing a 6 to 1 match for every political contribution to a Congressional candidate under $150.
The bill helps sever Congress' dependence on big money so that Congress can focus on the people's priorities. It helps return our government to one that is of, by, and for the people, not of, by, and for the big money donors.
Over 130 House members have signed on as cosponsors. Four are from Massachusetts: Congressman Jim McGovern, Congressman Stephen Lynch, Congressman John Tierney, and Congresswomen Katherine Clark. Send a tweet thanking these Representatives for their support.
But what about our other Congressmen and women? None are cosponsors of this groundbreaking legislation to help restore and protect our democracy. Send your Congressman or woman a tweet now encouraging them to cosponsor #ByThePeople Act. Use one of the tweets below or our #SoundOff campaign.
Senators Markey and Warren are cosponsors of a similar bill in the Senate, the Fair Elections Now Act.
Office: Common Cause National
Issues: Money in Politics
Tags: Empowering Small Donors