Target: Federal Election Commission Chair, Ann Ravel
Goal: A sweeping overhaul of campaign financing rules.
An exciting new poll by the CBS/New York Times proves Americans are fed up with how our elections are funded. Across the political spectrum, from liberals to conservatives, 46 percent of Americans want to completely “rebuild” the way political campaigns are financed in the United States. Over 80 percent feel money is much too prominent in political campaigns and two-thirds believe the wealthiest have the best chance to influence elections. Surprisingly, over 75 percent of self-identified Republicans want more disclosure of outside spending groups even as their leadership in Congress repeatedly blocks legislation that would provide it.
Overall, Americans are very unhappy with the results of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that opened and then widened the floodgates for untold amounts of money to pour into the political process. Americans of both major parties reject the notion that money should be considered protected speech under the First Amendment. When asked, rank and file Republicans want to restrict campaign donations almost as much as Democrats. Still, Republican leadership continues a dogged fight to eliminate any remaining caps on campaign contributions.
The depressing effect of all this? The majority of Americans do not believe politicians will ever reform campaign finance rules and they no longer believe politicians seek office in order to serve the people. As a result, fewer people make campaign contributions even as larger and larger sums are raised from an extremely small group. Most people view government as ownership by the wealthiest and feel like their vote doesn’t count.
Our democracy is being buried under money. Sign the petition below to show that we must have genuine campaign finance reform and we need it now.
Dear Federal Election Commission Chair Ravel,
It’s the 40th anniversary of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and Americans are completely disgusted with the obscene amounts of money in politics. The Supreme Court opened the flood gates to a stupid money race and allowed much of it to arrive with its origins hidden. We are drowning our democracy under a flood of money and it’s reached a point where almost half of all Americans, 46 percent, are ready to completely “rebuild” campaign finance laws.
There is no confidence left in or respect for the political process when two-thirds of voters believe the wealthiest have the best chance to influence elections. More than 75 percent of self-identified Republicans want to see more disclosure of outside spending groups, but their leadership isn’t listening. Republicans in Congress routinely block legislation that would provide campaign finance disclosure. A cynical electorate doesn’t get invested in the future of their country and our electorate has lost faith in the process. The FEC must move to restore confidence by insisting on a complete overhaul of our campaign finance system, and it needs to be done as soon as possible.
[Your Name Here]
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