Claiming Our Democracy

Democracy can’t work if the voices of the wealthy and powerful are allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens. Sadly, that is precisely the situation America now finds itself in, and we believe reform is urgently needed.

The Greenlining Institute has a long history of supporting reforms aimed at reducing the influence of big money on our democracy.

Unfortunately, much of the progress made on campaign finance reform was undone by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, which gave wealthy special interests the ability to spend money to affect elections virtually without limits. Greenlining strongly supports efforts to reverse this ruling and limit its damage to our democratic system.

In California, we have strongly supported the Disclose Act, legislation that would make it clearer to voters who is really funding campaigns for state candidates and ballot initiatives. In addition, our work on ballot initiative reform focuses significantly on efforts to reduce the influence of big money on a system that was supposed to be a vehicle for citizen democracy.

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