Press Releases

Jan 17, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) ahead of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling, which falls on Tuesday, January 21. The Citizens United decision cleared the way for corporations to spend unlimited sums of money in politics, while opening new loopholes for individual donors to spend without disclosing their identities.
Jan 15, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On a call with reporters today, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.-3), along with national pro-democracy organizations People For the American Way, Public Citizen, End Citizens United Action Fund, Democracy 21, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, US PIRG, and Common Cause, raised the alarm about the continuing harm caused by the 10-year-old Citizens United ruling and related court decisions. Speakers on the call also highlighted the growth of a pro-reform movement focusing on the scourge of money in politics, and sounded a hopeful note about progress toward reclaiming our democracy.
Marking the 10-Year Anniversary of Citizens United, Congressman Sarbanes Highlighted House Democrats’ Commitment to Ending the Dominance of Big Money in Politics and Returning Power Back to the American People with H.R. 1
Jan 14, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Chairperson of the House Administration Committee, Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United Action Fund, to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Citizens United ruling and to highlight recent reforms passed in the U.S. House of Representatives to fight the corrosive influence of big money in politics.
Dec 18, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting to impeach President Donald J. Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Dec 10, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) introduced two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4) Is Historic Legislation to Restore and Protect the Right to Vote, Fulfilling the Promise of the For the People Act (H.R. 1)
Dec 6, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill that would restore and protect voting rights across the country.
Nov 13, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held the first public hearing as part of the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump.
Nov 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined MSNBC’s ‘The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell’ last night to discuss the latest developments in the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump’s abuse of power, illicit activity and misconduct.

Nov 4, 2019
Oceanside, CA – On Monday, U.S. Representative Mike Levin will host House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Oceanside for a community discussion on House Democrats’ legislation to renew Americans’ faith in our democracy as part of Speaker Pelosi’s ‘Speaker in the House’ series. The conversation will focus on the For The People Act (H.R. 1), legislation passed this year to ensure clean and fair elections, end the dominance of big money in our politics, and help guarantee public officials work for the public interest.
Public Phase of Impeachment Inquiry Will Prompt Open Hearings About President Trump’s Abuse of Power
Oct 31, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted in support of H.Res. 660, a measure to advance into the next phase of the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry.

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