A series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions have relaxed the rules and regulations around campaign contributions – which means that elections have become less democratic and more susceptible to corruption. As a result of this recent shift, wealthy donors and special interest groups can now buy influence among the representatives they help to elect here in Georgia – all while keeping their identities and motives secret.
The real problem isn't how much is being spent – it is knowing who spends and what they are getting in return. Common Cause Georgia is working at the state and local level to level the playing field by pushing for campaign finance reforms that shed light on dark money and help put the power back in the hands of Georgians. As a founding member of the Georgia Alliance for Ethics Reform, Common Cause Georgia helped pass the state’s first limit on lobbyist gifts – previously, Georgia was one of only three states to allow unlimited gift giving from lobbyists to legislators.