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July 08, 2015

Rep. Pete Aguilar Tackles Campaign Finance Reform

Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31) announced his co-sponsorship of several campaign finance reform bills. These include H.R. 20, the Government By the People Act; H.R. 430, the DISCLOSE Act; H.R. 2125, the Keeping our Campaigns Honest Act; and H.J. Res 22, the Democracy for All Amendment. Rep. Aguilar believes reform is necessary to get dark money out of campaigns and ensure that every day Americans have the biggest voice in elections, not special interests.

“This is critical legislation to fix our electoral system and level the playing field. We need more transparency and accountability in politics and these measures will put us on track to do just that,” said Rep. Aguilar. He added, “I look forward to working to enact campaign finance reform to get dark money out of elections and ensure that the voice of the people is the loudest.”

The Government By the People Act, which was introduced by Rep. Sarbanes (MD-03), would create a public financing framework to level the playing field for all candidates and reduce special interests’ influence.  The DISCLOSE Act, which was introduced by Rep. Van Hollen (MD-08), focuses on transparency and shedding light on dark money in politics by increasing disclosure requirements. The Keeping our Campaigns Honest Act, which was introduced by Rep. John Yarmuth (KY-03), requires Super PACs and outside groups airing political advertisements to disclose their major donors in their ads. The Democracy for All Amendment, which was introduced by Rep. Deutch (FL-21), is a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.