Good Government & Clean Elections

Congressman Golden sits down and speaks with people.

Jared believes our government should work for regular Mainers, not corporations, special interests, or the wealthy. He’s fighting to restore faith and trust in our democracy by getting money out of politics and ensuring public officials act in the public good.

One of the first bills Jared cosponsored when he arrived in Congress was H.R. 1, the For the People Act. The For the People Act is the most sweeping democracy reform to pass the House in decades and includes legislation to shine a light on dark money, help more Americans exercise their right to vote, and ensure government officials act in the public interest. The bill also contains provisions that would strengthen election systems from foreign interference and expand prohibitions on foreign political donations. 

In March, Jared helped pass H.R. 1 through the House and secured an amendment in the legislation to set tougher restrictions for candidates utilizing a new matching funds system (similar to the Clean Elections system we have in Maine). He has also voted for legislation that would harden America’s defenses against election interference by foreign countries and make it more difficult for foreign entities to spend money to influence elections. Jared will continue to take action to defend American democracy and make government work for the people.

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August 6, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01) introduced legislation today to ban former members of Congress from ever working as federal lobbyists. Under current law, lawmakers can begin lobbying activities just 1-2 years after leaving office, working to influence the institution in which they once served for corporations and special interest groups. 

June 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two bipartisan bills championed by Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) to help Congress reclaim its constitutional war powers by rescinding outdated Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs).

June 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — After voting to pass a repeal of the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) through the House today, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) called on his colleagues to continue to push for Congress to assert its Constitutional authority over war powers.

May 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08) recently introduced the Congressional and Executive Foreign Lobbying Ban. The bipartisan bill would ban members of Congress, senior executive branch officials, and general and flag officers of the Armed Forces from lobbying on behalf of foreign interests.

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) voted to pass the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act through the House today. The NO BAN Act would solidify protections against religious discrimination in travel restrictions and ensure that future policies restricting travel are in response to particular concerns with individual countries.

April 20, 2021 Press Release

In the 2020 cycle, corporate PACs spent over $400 million on elections nationally

WASHINGTON — Today, Representatives Jared Golden (ME-2) and Josh Harder (CA-10) introduced their Ban Corporate PACs Act which would ban all corporate Political Action Committees (PACs). 

March 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and three bipartisan colleagues — Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), and Congressman Peter Meijer (MI-03) — introduced a new bill this month to help Congress reclaim its constitutional war powers by repealing outdated Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs). The bill would end the 1957, 1991, and 2002 AUMFs, formally ending the Congressional authorization for the Gulf and Iraq wars, as well as an open-ended Cold War-era authorization of force in the Middle East. 

March 3, 2021 Press Release

Golden: “It’s not too late to… reestablish an age of clean politics and a return to a government that doesn’t serve special interests and their shadowy backers or the super rich and well-connected, but that works instead for all of us, for the American people.”

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) voted to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, through the House today. The bill, which Golden also co-sponsored, is the most comprehensive democracy reform legislation in a generation. 

March 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) has introduced legislation to impose a lifetime lobbying ban on members of Congress. The legislation is being proposed as an amendment to H.R. 1, the comprehensive democracy reform bill being considered on the House floor this week. 

February 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) introduced two bills this week to slow the flood of political money moving to social media advertising, fight the spread of disinformation, and help block foreign influence in American elections.