We have seen big banks receive billions in bailout funds, and then turn around and lobby for little to no oversight or accountability for how our taxpayer dollars are to be spent. While they were busy lobbying, the banks neglected the critical issue at hand which is helping American homeowners who face foreclosure. We cannot allow campaign cash and powerful lobbyists to continue to win favors from Congress. Pay-to-play politics can’t be allowed to continue in Washington, D.C., not with so much at stake. That’s why Public Citizen is pushing for change through citizen-funded Fair Elections. I believe the time has come to move in that direction. Taking special interest money out of the political arena would do more to rid our nation’s capital of partisan favoritism and actual corruption than any single one thing.
The Fair Elections Now Act, sponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Representatives John Larsen (D-CT) and Walter Jones (R-NC), presents an exciting new approach to financing campaigns. This bipartisan bill creates an alternative to big special interest money in politics by allowing Congressional candidates to run a viable campaign on public funds and unlimited small contributions from ordinary citizens.
Passing this legislation will free members of Congress from spending time chasing contributions from lobbyists and corporate special interest groups. It would also return their focus to solving the critical issues confronting our Nation’s problems: the economy, health care, and energy. The time has come for passing this landmark legislation, which will change the way politics operate in this country. It’s time for the days of pay-to-play politics to end. If you agree, ask your members of Congress to become co-sponsors of the Fair Elections Now Act! Once the problems in Washington are handled, then the movement can be taken to the state houses.
Source: Public Citizen
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