Golden Signs onto First Bill, Keeps Promise to Help Clean Up Elections & Remove Big Money from Politics
WASHINGTON -- Today, Congressman Jared Golden announced his cosponsorship of HR 1, the For the People Act. The bill contains comprehensive reforms to strengthen our democracy by removing big money from politics, helping more Americans exercise their right to vote, and ensuring government officials act in the public interest.
“I work for Mainers, not special interests,” said Congressman Golden. “Again and again, Maine people have made it clear they want to take big money out of politics and return our government to the people. I’m supporting the For the People Act to shine a light on dark money in our elections and help restore faith and trust in our democracy.”
During his campaign, Congressman Golden made a commitment to prioritize serious campaign finance reform. Working to pass the For the People Act is a critical first step to honoring that commitment. The bill would be the most comprehensive democracy reform in decades.
The For the People Act includes a number of reforms that will limit the power of big money in politics and make government more accountable to Maine people, including:
- Helping more citizens in Maine and across the country vote by creating automatic voter registration nation-wide;
- Taking dark money into the sunlight by implementing stronger rules for ad disclosure and requiring all organizations reveal their large donors;
- Ensuring equal access to the ballot box by restoring the Voting Rights Act;
- Helping stop partisan gerrymandering by appointing non-partisan commissions to oversee redistricting; and
- Limiting the influence of big money in politics by encouraging candidates to seek small-dollar donations.
Maine has been a leader in campaign finance reform, passing the Maine Clean Elections Act in 1996 to establish a public financing system for candidates for state offices and remove the need for big dollar donors to run for office. Maine’s voters expanded clean elections by referendum in 2015. H.R. 1 would follow Maine’s lead in these reforms by expanding access to public financing and making it easier for regular people to run for office.