The Government By the People Act
The Government By the People Act (H.R. 20)
BUILDING A GOVERNMENT OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE
The Government By the People Act is a bipartisan reform package designed to combat the influence of big money politics, raise civic engagement and amplify the voice of everyday Americans - putting the public interest back in front of special interests.
EMPOWER AMERICANS TO PARTICIPATE
Provide everyday Americans with a refundable My Voice tax credit to help spur small-dollar contributions to candidates for Congressional office. Empowering more Americans to participate in campaign giving will improve our representative democracy and reduce Congress' dependence on big money interests.
AMPLIFY THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
Establish a Freedom from Influence Fund to multiply the impact of small-dollar donations. Small-dollar contributions ($150 or less per election) will be matched from the fund, provided the candidate receiving the contribution forgoes big money special interests and focuses on earning broad-based support from small-dollar donors. Carefully crafted to provide participating candidates sufficient resources to compete, the Freedom from Influence Fund would make the grassroots supporter just as powerful as the big money donor.
FIGHT BACK AGAINST BIG MONEY SPECIAL INTERESTS
Prevent Super PACs and Dark Money interests from drowning out the voice of everyday Americans. In the wake of the Citizens United decision, unlimited outside spending has monopolized the airwaves in the final weeks of elections. Citizen-funded candidates who are able to raise at least $50,000 in additional small-donor donations within the 60-day "home stretch" of the general election would be eligible for additional resources, ensuring the voice of the people is heard.
Organizations Supporting the Government By the People Act: Americans for Campaign Reform, Citizen Action of New York, Communication Workers of America, Common Cause, Credo Action, Daily Kos, Demand Progress, Democracy for America, Demos, Greenpeace, MoveOn.org, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Professor Lawrence Lessig, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Public Campaign, Public Citizen, Rebuild the Dream, Rootstrikers, Sierra Club, US PIRG, Wolf PAC, and Working Families Party.