Last week Public Citizen was proud to join Senate Democrats to announce a new policy agenda to curtail big money’s influence in elections.
Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, joined nine senators and other progressive organizations outside the Capitol to debut a package of commonsense policies that will bring the voices of the people back to the electoral process.
Some of the parts of the #WeThePeople agenda would:
- Demand transparency from corporations, trade associations, and tax-exempt 501(c)(4) groups that are playing in politics while keeping their donors secret;
- Close unethical lobbying loopholes that give special interests special access to government officials through lax lobbyist registration policies;
- Better enforce existing campaign finance laws by creating a new agency to serve as a campaign finance watchdog to hold candidates accountable;
- Slam shut the “revolving door” between Wall Street and Washington – a practice which rewards former bankers for taking roles in government in the very agencies that are meant to protect Main Street from Wall Street recklessness; and
- Overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision by constitutional amendment.