The U.S. Supreme Court has left American democracy struggling under the weight of dirty maps and dirty money. All states should establish independent, nonpartisan citizens’ commissions to draw Congressional district lines so that Americans’ voices aren’t silenced by gerrymandering. The Citizens United decision that opened our elections to a tsunami of dirty money must first be stripped down to the studs with legislation to require full transparency, and then neutralized completely with a constitutional amendment. And we must make sure that the President and Vice President aren’t enriching themselves from foreign interests.
Fair and balanced redistricting
Our Congressional and local districts must be redrawn by residents to decide who best can represent them, not so that politicians can make seats “safe” for themselves and their friends.
- I'm a cosponsor of a bill to end gerrymandering in congressional elections by requiring states to appoint independent commissions to redraw congressional district boundaries, so that state politicians no longer control the lines.
Campaign finance reform
Our campaigns and elections must hinge upon the issues Americans care most about, not on the whims of deep-pocketed corporations. We must cap the amount of money that politicians can accept and ensure that corporations do not outweigh individuals in campaigns.
- I'm an original cosponsor of legislation to increase disclosure by corporations of political spending to shareholders, require them to “stand by their ads,” and improve public reporting.
- I'm an original cosponsor of H.J. Res. 31, proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would overturn Citizens United and allow limits on corporate political spending to get big money out of politics.
- I'm an original cosponsor of a bill to engage citizens, incentivize small contributions and reduce the influence of Super PACs by providing a $25 My Voice Tax Credit for campaign contributions, and making Americans just as powerful as big donors with a six-to-one match from the Freedom From Influence Fund, giving candidates a reason to seek out small donors.
Voter ID and registration reform
We must ensure that Americans are not subject to unfair and prejudiced ID laws or undue difficulty when registering to vote, and that each American – no matter their wealth, state, or age - can easily cast a ballot.
- I support federal laws to help ensure no voter ID law unfairly targets any group of individuals, such as minorities or the poor.
No foreign interference
Our elections and our public servants must belong to us and only us, with no interference or financial influence from abroad.
- I and Rep. Elijah Cummings authored the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to create a 12-member, bipartisan, independent commission empowered to interview witnesses, obtain documents, issue subpoenas, and receive public testimony to examine attempts by the Russian government or others to use electronic means to influence, interfere with, or undermine trust in 2016’s election. Like the 9/11 Commission, only such a body can give Americans the full story and the future protection we deserve. Our bill is cosponsored by all Democratic House members and by two Republicans.
- My Duty to Report Act would require federal candidates, their families, and their campaigns to inform the FBI of any efforts by a foreign power to provide dirt on the candidate's opponent. For years, America has helped protect against terrorist attacks by telling Americans, “If you see something, say something.” The same should go for protecting our elections against foreign interference.
- Protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller and allowing him to continue his investigation without any interference.
- Clearly separating foreign money from influencing any federal candidates, their families or their campaigns and require they declare any attempts to the proper authorities, as stated in my Duty to Report Act.
- Overturning Citizens United.
- Making sure every vote counts by tackling unfair voter ID laws and gerrymandering.