Money in Politics

Why Campaign Finance Reform?


Successful political campaigns depend increasingly on raising huge amounts of money from those who can afford give. All too often, the donations of special interests and lobbyists carry more weight in political decisions than the phone calls and letters from constituents. Instead of meeting voters on the doorstep, candidates are wooing big money donors at fancy fundraisers in posh hotels. This trend shuts normal citizens out of the political process and discourages the political involvement of communities that are historically underrepresented.


Campaign finance reform and public financing are consistently supported by a majority of Americans because they recognize that the chase for big money campaign contributions adversely affects their futures. Campaign finance reform efforts will reduce the impact of special interests in political decisions, allowing candidates and elected officials to spend more time talking to constituents concerns.