Empowering Small Donors

Today's campaigns are so expensive that often only the wealthy -- or those willing to accept the strings attached to large campaign contributions -- can afford to run for office.

"Fair Elections" programs allow candidates to rely on small donations from individuals and matching grants from special, tax-supported funds.

Common Cause has spearheaded the adoption of fair elections plans in states, counties and cities across America. We're working to pass the "Government by the People Act" and the "Fair Elections Now Act" to create a small donor-based public financing system for elections to Congress.

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For a state formerly known as “Corrupticut,” Connecticut has become a national leader in clean, transparent elections with its model public financing program, the Citizens’ Election Program (CEP). Passed in 2005 following...

Connecticut's Relentless Fight for Clean Elections
Erin Hughes, Common Cause intern,, July 21, 2017

In a post-Citizens United age, when corporations and interest groups can spend whatever they like to influence our elections, it’s more important than ever that we make sure that every American can be heard. Public financing for local...

California Common Cause, Allies, Urge Court to Uphold Public Financing
Kimberly Hill, Common Cause intern,, June 30, 2017

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