Common Cause Statement on Introduction of the Government by the People Act
WASHINGTON - "Giant corporations, special interests and ultra-wealthy donors shout through big-money megaphones to drown out the voices of hardworking Americans in the political process," said Karen Hobert Flynn, senior vice president for strategy and programs at Common Cause. "This is bold legislation that would elevate our voices and free congressional candidates to work for us, not their big donors. Common Cause commends Congressman Sarbanes, Leader Pelosi and others championing this effort.
“Common Cause has been instrumental in the adoption of successful public financing systems in states like Arizona, Connecticut and Maine. We know these systems can work and that they have important ripple effects – allowing more women and minorities to seek and win office and giving all elected officials the freedom to put the public interest first as they address tough issues."
Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.