Government Accountability and Transparency

If we want to make progress on some of the toughest challenges facing our nation and our world, from health care to climate change, then we must prioritize ending big money in politics and increasing government accountability and transparency.

Over the past decade, Big Pharma invested $2.5 billion in lobbying and campaign contributions, deploying two lobbyists for every member of Congress. Sadly, but not surprisingly, it worked — we continue to see skyrocketing drug prices and a surging opioid epidemic.

That’s why when I decided to run for Congress, I took a pledge to never take a cent of corporate PAC money. I’ve kept that promise, and I am using my platform to fight for a cleaner and more effective government.

Here’s where we can start:

  End dark money’s influence on politics and make voting easier. I was proud to support H.R.1, the For the People Act, a historic mandate that addressed many of our top priorities, including my bill to establish 15 days of early voting nationwide. H.R. 1 would also require Super PACS to disclose their donors, establish a national voter-registration program, make Election Day a federal holiday, and end gerrymandering.

  Overturn Citizens United. The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United was a disaster for democracy. Money is not “free speech” and corporations are not people; we need to overturn this through a constitutional amendment.

  Restore the full Voting Rights Act. As much as we’d like to repair our campaign finance system, even those efforts will be for naught if there is discrimination in our voting process. Since the Supreme Court struck down the core of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, more than a dozen states have passed laws that make voting less accessible. The reemergence of strict voter ID laws — which have historically discriminated against minority voters — is just one example of why the Voting Rights Act is necessary.

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