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Representative John Sarbanes (D-Md.) appeared on Maryland’s WYPR Midday program this week to talk about Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions and his Government By the People Act (HR 20), which would give regular people a bigger voice in the political process.

“If you stand in front of any group these days, according to the polls 96 percent of them who are sitting out there think that big money is a problem in our politics and our government,” said Sarbanes. “Having been there for eight years, and seen it from the inside, that perspective isn’t totally off the mark.”

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In an Every Voice poll conducted over the summer, 66% of voters support a system to provide limited public matching funds for small donations and that support cut across all party lines.

“We have almost 160 cosponsors in the House for the Government By the People Act, we have a half a million people across the country who have signed petitions in support of HR 20, this reform,” said Sarbanes. “We have a national coalition that includes not just good government groups that you’d expect to see in this space but labor groups, environmental groups, and civil rights groups.”

The increased focus on the issue of money in the midterm elections also has Sarbanes encouraged.

“You’re seeing candidates and members of Congress beginning to work into their stump speech, their narrative, into their messaging to the voters, this idea that reform of the system – to lift up everyday citizens and small donors – is critical, and they’re getting traction with that,” said Sarbanes.

The Government By The People Act would empower everyday Americans to participate and amplify their voices by offering a $25 refundable My Voice tax credit, and creating a 6:1 match for small dollar donations (under $150).

You can learn more about the Government By the People Act at

Posted by James King on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 @ 2:29PM
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