House Democrats’ Top Priority If They Win in November Is a Sweeping Anti-Corruption Bill

Sep 11, 2018
In The News

If Democrats win back the House in 2018, a consensus is emerging on what they need to do first: Pass a sweeping anti-corruption bill.... One specific legislative package has emerged, largely crafted and sponsored by the chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD). The agenda — recently formalized by a House resolution — is designed to rein in the influence of money and lobbying in Washington, expand voting rights in the United States, and increase public financing of campaigns. Democrats are prepping a final version of a bill to be ready to go if they are in charge by January 2019.... The anti-corruption reform effort is nothing new for Sarbanes, who stopped accepting PAC money seven years ago and once joined a frigid walk in zero-degree weather across part of New Hampshire to commemorate Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the late activist who trekked across the entire nation for campaign finance reform.... House Democrats’ reform agenda is broad: cracking down on lobbying, and expanding voting rights across the nation. Among the more dramatic reforms Sarbanes would like to implement is a proposal for public financing of campaigns. Under Sarbanes’ vision, the federal government would provide a voluntary 6-1 match for every small donation to candidates who have agreed to forgo PAC money.