House Democrats have made anti-corruption their No. 1 priority and they are scheduled to reveal the details of their first anti-corruption bill in Congress Friday morning. House Resolution 1 calls for campaign finance reform, expanding voting rights, and strengthening ethics laws in government.
Rep. John Sarbanes (MD), who opposes PAC money and supports campaign finance reform, wrote the bill and Friday morning he and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will unveil the latest details, according to Vox.
“You’re hearing the same clamor, which is, ‘Let’s fix this rotten system and restore people’s voice,’” Sarbanes said. “You have to show them that you get the underlying issue. You want to, in a sense, clear the decks for democracy to work. That’s why we’re leading with that.”
Sarbanes says he wants to have the bill ready to be voted on by the first day of the new Congressional session, January 3.
“Walk the walk, and we’ve got to walk it quick,” Sarbanes said. “A lot of [voters] don’t believe it can happen because the system is rigged. That’s why when you come with a plan for that, too, it sort of caffeinates everything else. It makes them feel like, okay now you’re talking.”
The bill’s sweeping anti-corruption provisions address campaign finance, voting rights, and government ethics.
The majority of Americans want Congress to pass laws to limit campaign spending, according to a recent Pew Research report.
Sarbane wants a voluntary 6-1 match for candidates for president and Congress. “If you give $100 to a candidate that’s meeting those requirements, then that candidate would get another $600 coming in behind them,” Sarbanes said.
The proposed legislation pushes for Congressional passage of the DISCLOSE Act, which would require Super PACs to reveal their donors. The bill also supports passage of the Honest Ads Act, which would require Twitter and Facebook to disclose who is behind political ads on their platforms and how much they paid for the ads.
Sarbane’s bill would require the president to disclose his or her tax returns and impose new ethics codes on Congress and the US Supreme Court. The bill also advocates for a new national automatic voter registration in which voters would need to opt out rather than opt in, increase elections security, prohibit voter roll call purging and end partisan gerrymandering.
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