The next president of the United States should commit to a 21st Century democracy where everyone plays by common sense rules and should pledge to restore our pro-democracy Constitution by endorsing, prioritizing, and calling on Congress to pass and the states to ratify the Democracy For All amendment. The next president should appoint justices who will transform the Supreme Court’s approach to money in politics, overturn Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo, and revive the People’s ability to protect our democracy.
|Fighting Big Money, Empowering People:
A 21st Century Democracy Agenda
|>BECOME A CITIZEN ENDORSER<|
|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.|
The size of your wallet should not determine the strength of your political voice. But, in a long series of decisions beginning with Buckley v. Valeo and escalating with Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court has cemented a flawed reading of our Constitution that strips the ability of We the People to impose common sense limits on election spending.
A narrow 5–4 majority on the current Court rejects any reason other than fighting quid pro quo corruption (or bribery) as the basis for reining in big money, including leveling the playing field between mega donors and the rest of us, or ensuring the integrity of our democratic system. The Court has struck down strong protections, such as caps on candidate spending, meaningful contribution limits, and bans on corporate political spending.
Justices appointed by the next president will have the opportunity to transform the current Court’s misguided approach to money in politics. Moreover, the Democracy For All constitutional amendment would correct the Court’s fundamentally flawed decisions by restoring our ability to set commonsense rules that stop the influence of big money on our government and empower the people to fully participate and have their voices heard.