Press Releases

New Report Underscores President Trump’s Failure to “Drain the Swamp”
Jun 6, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today led House Democrats in releasing a new report that lists 500 instances of corruption, conflicts of interest and ethical abuses in the Trump Administration.
Jun 1, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) delivered the Weekly Democratic Address today to highlight A Better Deal for Our Democracy – a bold new agenda to take back power from special interests, get rid of the pay-to-play culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence in Republican-controlled Washington and return to a government of, by and for the people.
May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after Facebook announced new rules for election-related ads and issue ads that run on its platform.

May 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today led House Democrats in forcing a vote on the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), a bold reform to counter the influence of big money in politics and return power to the people.

May 21, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House and Senate Democrats held a press conference on the steps of the United States Capitol to unveil the newest plank of their bold economic agenda, A Better Deal for Our Democracy, to fix Washington’s broken political system and return to a government of, by and for the American people. This new plank of Democrat’s A Better Deal agenda focuses on taking back the power from special interests and getting rid of the pay-to-play culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence embodied by the Trump Administration, which has led to political dysfunction and a raw deal for the American people.
Apr 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Subcommittee on Environment hearing today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) chastised U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for abusing taxpayer dollars, using his office for private gain and jeopardizing public health to boost polluters’ profits.

Lawmakers Call for Regulatory Action; Ask Facebook to Pull Back the Curtain on Its Advertising Programs, Campaign Embed Operations and Content-Control Protocols
Apr 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E.

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.

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