The role of money in politics stretches up and down the ballot this year, with billions being spent on presidential campaigns and state-wide races.
Common Cause is fighting back. Our Who Will Fight Big Money campaign seeks to combat the role of money in politics and advance the role of all citizens in the political process. In partnership with other influential advocacy organizations, we created “Fighting Big Money, Empowering People: A 21st Century Democracy Agenda.” This five-point plan lays out the steps needed to fix our current campaign finance system and promote the potency of citizen engagement.
The Fighting Big Money agenda demands that elected officials commit to doing the following:
- Promoting citizen-funded elections through a federal matching system, tax credits or small donor vouchers;
- Ensuring equal ballot access and voter protection;
- Enacting full transparency in campaign funding and spending;
- Passing the Democracy for All amendment and repealing the corrosive Citizens United decision; and
- Passing tougher, more enforceable penalties for election finance violations.
Common Cause sent every candidate running for Federal office a questionnaire, asking for their positions on fighting big money in politics. So far, only four out of the 16 Colorado candidates have responded. We know they can do better.
Visit WhoWillFightBigMoney.org to read about the Fighting Big Money agenda and encourage your candidates to complete the survey. Coloradans deserve to know how our leaders will fix our broken campaign finance system and restore balance to our democracy.
Office: Colorado Common Cause
Issues: Money In Politics