Why Fair Elections?
Money is polluting our democracy - enormous sums from special
interests, buying campaigns and influencing Congress with high-priced
lobbyists. Fundamental reform of campaign finance laws is necessary
to achieve progress on nearly every issue of concern to Americans
today. With the cost of campaigns skyrocketing, pay-to-play
scandals on the front pages of our newspapers, and the unprecedented
challenges we face as a country, we need our lawmakers focused
on doing the job they were elected to do - solving our nation's
It's not enough to tinker around the edges - saying
"Oh, my!" to the scandals, or demanding transparency
in exactly how K-Street lobbyists work their undue influence
in the middle of the night.
Instead, we have to change the system by which our democracy
has been hijacked - and that means changing the source
of the campaign cash that buys allegiance to special interests.
We need campaigns to be funded publicly, encouraging many small
donations from an electorate who become empowered.
If we care about real progress on affordable health care, full-employment
at living wages, a sustainable energy future, or budget priorities
that reflect the real needs of Main Street - we have to break
the political power of inside-the-beltway lobbyists and special
interests, and return accountability to the voters, the real
stakeholders in American democracy.
This will be a tough fight. There are many special interests
and sacred cows, all protected by the existing rules of the
game. Money flows in; political favors flow out - both political
parties, nearly every lawmaker, and certainly every corporate
enterprise that is regulated by, funded by, or depends on the
economic or public policy framework in Washington, D.C.
And - this is a fight we can't ignore. Our
lives and our future depend on it.
organize, to make this happen!
WPC is calling on all supporters to organize within each Congressional
district - as well as statewide, and in your neighborhood -
to encourage support of the FENA bill from our state's U.S.
senators and members of Congress, and to champion its passage
- this year!
Our advocacy work falls into several categories: