Hillary Clinton Releases Proposals to Reform Campaign Finance, End Secret Money in Politics

NEW YORK—(ENEWSPF)—September 8, 2015. Hillary Clinton today announced a set of aggressive campaign finance reform proposals to unlock the stranglehold that wealthy interests have over our political system and restore a government of, by, and for the people, not just the wealthy and well-connected. Her proposals will curb the outsized influence of big money in American politics, bring sunshine to secret spending, and institute real reform to raise the voices of regular voters. 

“We have to end the flood of secret, unaccountable money that is distorting our elections, corrupting our political system, and drowning out the voices of too many everyday Americans,” said Hillary Clinton. “Our democracy should be about expanding the franchise, not charging an entrance fee. It starts with overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, and continues with structural reform to our campaign finance system so there’s real sunshine and increased participation.” 

The campaign released this new video highlighting the problems that have arisen in the wake of the Citizens United decision, and bringing to the forefront the campaign finance challenges that Hillary Clinton is working to solve. Fighting to reverse the effects of the Citizens United decision was one of the very first things Clinton pledged to do in this campaign. She also recently laid out her vision to protect voting rights and expand access to the ballot box for all Americans. 

Clinton’s campaign finance proposals include:  

Overturning Citizens United by appointing Supreme Court Justices who value the right to vote over the right of billionaires to buy elections, and by pushing for a Constitutional amendment to allow common sense rules to protect against undue influence from special interests and restore the role of average voters in elections.

Ending Secret, Unaccountable Money in Politics by pushing for legislation to require public disclosure of significant political spending, and, until Congress acts, promoting SEC rulemaking requiring publicly traded companies to disclose all political spending to their shareholders and signing an Executive Order requiring federal government contractors to fully disclose all political spending.

Amplifying the Voices of Everyday Americans by establishing a small donor matching system for presidential and congressional candidates that will incentivize small donors to participate in elections and candidates to spend more time engaging a broad, representative cross-section of constituents.