Press Releases

Apr 19, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today spoke at a bipartisan Georgetown Law forum entitled, “Congressional Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Trump Era.” The forum examined President Donald Trump’s attacks on the Department of Justice and the FBI – a break from the practices of his predecessors – as well as the role of Congressional oversight in ensuring an independent Justice Department and FBI.
Apr 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about potential campaign finance violations and conflicts of interest posed by Facebook’s “campaign embeds” program for political candidates.

Mar 14, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the Federal Election Commission (FEC) unanimously approved new rules to strengthen disclosure rules for online political ads.
More Than 100 Members Urge Congressional Leaders to Remove Harmful Policy Riders That Would Give Wealthy Special Interests Even More Power in Washington
Mar 14, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today led more than 100 Members of Congress in opposing several controversial campaign finance provisions that might be slipped into this year’s spending bill. The provisions would allow wealthy and well-connected donors to pump billions of dollars in additional campaign money into our elections and would increase the amount of secret money in politics.
Mar 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after Republicans on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Committee announced that they would prematurely end the investigation into Russia's 2016 election meddling.

Mar 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. John Sarbanes, Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, released a new “Sunshine Week” video detailing the cloud of secrecy surrounding the Trump Administration.

Latest Report on Trump Administration’s Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Abuses Shows That President Trump Has Totally Failed to ‘Drain the Swamp’
Feb 26, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today led House Democrats in releasing a new report listing 400 ways that the Trump Administration’s has increased big money in politics, lobbying, backroom dealing and special-interest influence in Washington. The new report, “400 Ways in 400 Days: How the Trump Administration Keeps Flooding the Swamp in Washington,” builds on previous reports unveiled by the Democracy Reform Task Force in November, August and April of 2017.
Feb 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after special counsel Robert S. Mueller III charged 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies with conspiracy for illegally using social media to spread discord among the American public and to support Donald Trump’s campaign while maligning Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Feb 15, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined a bipartisan group of 14 lawmakers in calling on President Donald Trump to fully staff the Federal Election Commission.

Update from the Democracy Reform Task Force Illustrates That Republicans Are Receiving Campaign Donations and Political Support from Wealthy Donors for Passing the #GOPTaxScam
Feb 14, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Democracy Reform Task Force released an update today that shows how Republicans in Congress are raking in campaign donations and political support from wealthy and well-connected campaign donors who are personally benefitting from the GOP Tax Scam that passed Congress in late 2017.

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