Restore Our Democracy

 

Recent US Supreme Court decisions have unleashed real threats to our democracy. The combination of unchecked money in politics and discriminatory voter registration practices have the potential to alter the outcome of elections, disenfranchise many communities, and pervert the core of our democracy so that our government may come to represents corporate interests, not the voters.

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court opened the floodgates for money in elections. The Supreme Court must overturn these misguided decisions, but in the absence of action from the Court, I believe Congress must take action to restore our democracy. I support a Constitutional Amendment to provide Congress with the ability to regulate campaign contributions, including contributions to entities like Political Action Committees and so-called “Super PACs” that can receive unlimited and undisclosed donations. I have also supported legislation to remake our public campaign finance system to make it a more viable option for candidates to decrease corporate influence on campaigns.

In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court again struck down key protections of our democratic process. This time, the Court struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act, a law that prevented states from enacting discriminatory requirements for voting access. Within hours of the decision, states began drafting and passing voter identification laws that are specifically tailored to prevent communities of color, students, and poorer communities from participating in our democracy. This is absolutely unacceptable. I will push for legislation to replace the struck down provisions, and ensure no one is wrongfully denied access to our democratic system.