On February 5th, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Sarbanes introduced the Government By The People Act — a new campaign finance reform bill that will help reverse the impact of Citizens United.
By the time the bill was introduced, it had 130 original co-sponsors — more than any other campaign finance reform bill in recent history! I’m proud to say my representative, Bill Pascrell, was one of the co-sponsors. In order to win on any issue — reforming Wall Street, passing a higher minimum wage, or battling corporate polluters — we need to break the influence of big-money in our democracy.
The Government By The People Act matches small-dollar donations under $150 with public funds 6-to-1, so that a $25 contribution turns into $175 — or $100 into $700 — amplifying the voice of everyday people. This will save taxpayers hundreds of billions in corporate welfare that results from politicians sucking up to big-money donors. I’m proud of my representative for taking a stand against big-money interests in favor of everyday voters.
Thank you Rep. Bill Pascrell for co-sponsoring the Government By The People Act!
Corey L. Teague
Paterson Board of Education