Foreign and U.S. elections are dominated by billionaires and special interests that spend enormous amounts of hidden, dark money to try to buy ballot measures and elections.
Clean Money activists are leading the fight for transparency and accountability in ads and elections against this threat.
Empower voters, NOT special interests.
Fight for disclosure of Dark Money donors on ads and elections.
“We the People Amendment” in the House of Representatives
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives repeatedly have worked to pass the “We the People Amendment” to help combat the disastrous effects of SCOTUS’ 2010 Citizens United decision. Citizens United destroyed protections from moneyed interests on elections, opening up our election system to foreign and U.S. hidden influence by billionaires and large corporations.
This amendment would provide that:
- corporations are not people and are subject to regulation;
- corporations do not have the right to protected speech that human beings do—money is not speech; and
- this amendment does not seek to limit the constitutional right of freedom of the press.
U.S. State Efforts to Provide Transparency About Top Donors of Election Ads
Dark money groups have spent more than $1 billion on TV and online ads and mailers to try to influence elections since the 2010 Citizens United SCOTUS ruling that lets wealthy donors and corporations contribute unlimited money without disclosure.
Radical right-wing operatives including ALEC, the State Policy Network (SPN), and Americans for Prosperity (AFP) have been waging an assault against disclosure and transparency laws at the U.S. state level.
To help fight foreign and U.S. moneyed interests from secretly influencing elections, in 2017, for example, California passed AB 249, the California DISCLOSE Act — the strongest political ad disclosure law in the nation.
This law requires campaign and ballot measure ads to clearly show the true names of the 3 largest funders of the ads. No more fine print. No misleading organization names as sources.
Hidden donors of “dark money” try to stop progress on crucial efforts such as the fight against the climate crisis and the fight for voting rights and sensible gun laws. Let’s urge our representatives to support state-based laws and the House of Representatives’ “We the People” constitutional amendment to turn around the disastrous 2010 Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. Corporations are not people. Money is not entitled to protected speech.
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