From Center for Media and Democracy, by Mary Bottari
On the first day of the 116th Congress, House Democrats decided to introduce as their first bill, HR1 “For the People Act,” aimed at ensuring voting rights, eliminating partisan gerrymandering, strengthening ethics systems for all three branches of government, and reforming the campaign finance system.
Among other things, the bill targets groups that file with the IRS as tax-exempt 501(c)(4) “charitable” organizations, like the Kochs’ Americans for Prosperity, which spend tens of millions every election cycle propping up candidates with phony issue ads and other expenditures, but tell the IRS they are spending $0 on politics so they don’t have to disclose their donors.
Yesterday, the House Committee on Administration, chaired by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, held a hearing on the reform measure, and Wisconsin was featured as a national poster child on the harms that come to real people when millionaires and billionaires are allowed to give secret campaign donations and receive secret favors from their pet politicians.
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