Big money dominates our elections, a problem which spiraled out of control in 2010, after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision allowed groups to spend unlimited money in elections. In 2012, “independent” groups spent more than $1 billion on elections, which came in large part from anonymous individuals and corporations. In the 2016 election, over $6.5 billion was spent.
We’re working diligently to expose the role of special interests in campaign finance, and to promote reforms that put democratic power back in the hands of the people. From campaign finance bills to the fight to overturn Citizens United directly, Common Cause Illinois is taking concrete steps to get big money out of politics.