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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As Americans cast their votes today, one message of the 2016 election already is clear: left, right and center, people are determined to make our democracy again work for them and their families. While journalists have focused on the...

Voters Lifting Democracy Reform Issues
November 8, 2016

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to give citizens a greater voice in California’s democracy. With the U.S. Congress gridlocked, California is leading a wave of pro-democratic reforms passed at the state and local level across...

California Takes Major Step Toward Citizen-Funded Elections
September 29, 2016

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