STATEMENT from DI’s Wendy Fields: Democracy Reforms Must Top House and Senate Dems’ Agenda

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

 

For Immediate Release
May 22, 2018

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Myke Bybee: (202) 567-6103
mbybee@democracyinitiative.org

Washington, D.C. — This Monday, House and Senate Democrats introduced a package of policies to fight legalized corruption in our democratic process, put voters’ needs first and keep wealthy special interests from rigging the rules of the game. Voters have long demanded voting rights, ethics, campaign finance reforms and limits on lobbyists’ as well as corporations’ financial influence in politics. Now, with recent evidence of meddling in elections, they are hungry for a crackdown on dark money and foreign influence. The House and Senate Democrats’ plan includes a much-needed comprehensive policy response to these chilling effects on the U.S. democracy, along with supports for small donor “citizen-funded elections;” automatic voter registration; stepped up efforts to fight gerrymandering; and improvements to election security. These are fundamental protections for a thriving democratic society that everyday Americans and Democracy Initiative members have sought for years.

In response, Wendy Fields, Executive Director of the Democracy Initiative, issued the following statement:

The people are sending a strong message at the local level, and Democratic leaders are listening: Our communities want a government that works for them, and it’s time to stop wealthy special interests from cheating us out of active participation in our political process. For too long, the greedy few have had too much influence on elections, stymied voter participation, and poured money into politics to get their way. With 69 member organizations representing 40 million U.S. residents, the DI knows our democracy thrives only when it’s clear our government will fight corruption, promote fair representation, and demand elected leaders play by the rules.

We are making progress—and scoring wins—at the state and local level on issues like small donor funded elections and automatic registration. We look forward to continuing to mobilize our members and work with elected leaders to ensure we enact strong reforms nationally so that we can focus on the issues that matter to all of us—black, white and brown—like good jobs and higher wages. This package is a critical step toward restoring power to the people and making government work for us.

Related Resources: Join the movement for a democracy that is of, by, and for the people at http://www.democracyinitiative.org/take-action/democracy-365-campaign

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, please contact Myke Bybee at mbybee@democracyinitiative.org or (202) 567-6103.

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The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of organizations launched in 2013 working toward a bright future in which all Americans participate fully and freely in the democratic process. We believe that the voice of every citizen should be heard and counted, so all of us have an equal say in a democracy that is of, by, and for the people. Our partner organizations pursue a diverse range of progressive goals, including civil rights, workers’ rights, women’s rights, and climate justice, but we know that success in any of these areas depends on reforming our democracy.