Our democracy should work for every single one of us equally. But we all pay the price — in higher cable bills, a more polluted environment, and outrageous student or medical debt — when our elected officials listen to big corporations more than everyday Americans.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United, big corporations have found new ways to spend unlimited, and often times secret, money to influence our politics. It’s on us as citizens and advocates for a fair democracy to hold them accountable.
That’s why Common Cause has joined the Corporate Reform Coalition – an alliance of public interest organizations, shareholder rights groups, corporate investors, and academics – to call for more transparency and accountability when it comes to big corporate money in our politics.
To achieve this, we are:
- Advocating for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt a rule that would require publicly-traded companies to disclose direct and indirect political spending.
- Supporting efforts by shareholders and investors to pass shareholder resolutions that require companies to publicly disclose their campaign and lobbying spending.
- Working in the states to pass disclosure and shareholder rights laws to ensure every American knows who is spending money in our elections.