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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Last November, Howard County MD residents voted to take back their elections by fighting big money. On Monday night, the Howard County Council voted 4-1 to stand with their constituents and establish the Citizens’ Election...

Big Victory in the Fight Against Big Money
June 6, 2017

Two women who’ve seen firsthand the institutional and structural barriers that confront women running for political office - and have demonstrated that those barriers can be overcome - shared their insights on women in politics this morning...

Women Face Political Obstacles, but Can Overcome Them
Sruthi Palaniappan and Kaelin Delaney, May 22, 2017

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