A House committee meets today to consider eliminating a federal agency that sets security standards for voting machines. This would pose a risky and irresponsible threat to our election infrastructure.
Outside groups — free from contribution limits and able to conceal their donors from the public — are outspending the parties and candidates in ten key races that will determine control of the U.S. Senate.
Shadow party” groups, outside spenders with close ties to the Senate leadership of each party, including Sens. Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, have already spent $47 million in 2016’s closest U.S. Senate races.
Elections that were once citizen-driven are now flooded with unprecedented millions from secret sources. Compared to the federal level, these funders are subject to less scrutiny and have far more ability to shape results.
The growing role of mega-donors in elections has reached a tipping point, marginalizing those who are not wealthy or don't have access to wealthy donors. Public financing programs can help create a more participatory democracy.