The next president of the United States should commit to a 21st Century democracy where everyone knows who funds campaigns. The president should push Congress to enact new disclosure requirements for outside spending groups, urge the FEC to create dark money regulations responsive to the Citizens United decision, urge the SEC to require public corporations to disclose their political spending, urge the FCC to require advertisers to disclose their “true identity,” and urge the IRS to more clearly define political activity so organizations cannot abuse the system to keep their donors secret. The president should issue an executive order requiring all federal government contractors to disclose their political spending.
|Fighting Big Money, Empowering People:
A 21st Century Democracy Agenda
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|1. Everyone participates|
|2. Everyone's voice is heard|
|3. Everyone knows who is trying to influence our views and our representatives;|
|4. Everyone plays by fair, common-sense rules|
|5. Everyone is held accountable, with enforceable penalties to deter bad behavior.|
Voters have a right to know who is trying to influence our views and our elected representatives.
Americans should be able to easily look up candidates, online and in “real-time,” to see what entities have spent substantial sums on the candidate’s behalf, and which donors have provided the funds, both during the election and afterwards.
Congress should enact effective disclosure requirements so outside spending groups cannot hide from voters the wealthy donors and special interests funding them.
If President Obama fails to act, the next president can increase disclosure by signing an executive order requiring all federal contractors to disclose their political spending. Federal regulatory agencies—the FEC, FCC, IRS, and SEC—also have important roles to play in ensuring transparency.