“The right to vote is under attack, foreign adversaries are interfering in our elections, and money from special interests is drowning out the voices of the American people. That’s why I led, along with Senators Udall and Merkley, the introduction of the For the People Act in the Senate and had nine legislative provisions included in the bill. We need sweeping anti-corruption and voting rights reform to make voting easier and more secure and to ensure our democracy works for everyone. As President, it will be the first bill I send to Congress.”
Leading by Example:
- Rejects contributions from corporate PACs
- Rejects contributions from federal lobbyists
- Rejects contributions from the fossil fuel industry
- Supports overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision
- Supports requiring dark money groups to disclose their donors
- Supports small-donor public financing programs
- Supports requiring ad spending disclosure on social media platforms
Background on Reform:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar is committed to protecting our elections from foreign interference and ensuring everyone has a voice and vote in our political system. She wants to overturn Citizens United, create a small-donor public financing program for federal elections, and “get dark money out of our politics.”
“So this is about taking our democracy back, and if we let the big money run this whole thing, we’re never going to get these things done that we want to get done,” she said in June.
Sen. Klobuchar has released a list of executive actions she’ll take in her first 100 days as president. It includes plans to require publicly traded companies to disclose their political spending and overhauling ethics rules for executive branch officials.
In Congress, Sen. Klobuchar has authored, co-sponsored, and voted for legislation to improve transparency, end the dominance of big money, protect our elections from foreign interference, and restore ethics and accountability in Washington. She is a co-sponsor of the For the People Act, comprehensive reform legislation introduced in the current Congress. She is the author of the bipartisan Honest Ads Act, legislation that would require political ad spending on social media platforms to be as transparent, which is critical to stopping illegal foreign spending in elections. She has also authored the bipartisan Secure Elections Act, a bill to require state election officials to conduct audits after elections and require back-up paper ballots.
Since 2010, she has been a co-sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would bring dark money into the light by requiring politically-active nonprofit groups to disclose their donors. She has also cosponsored the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision. She has also cosponsored the Fair Elections Now Act, legislation that would create a small-donor matching fund program for Congressional elections.
“If we want a real democracy, we need to pass aggressive campaign finance reform and get the dark money out of politics.” — Senator Amy Klobuchar