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Rick Larsen for Congress

 

Campaign Reform

I have long been an advocate of reforming our campaign finance system.

I believe that democracy should be based on our citizens’ participation in elections, not the size of their donations to campaigns. Elections should give power to the people, not just to the people with the largest bank accounts.

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision opened the door to unforeseen levels of corporate campaign spending in the form of Super PACs. The McCutcheon decision further debilitated our democratic election process by equating money with free speech, wrongly empowering bank accounts over the ballot box.

Never before have the wealthy had such an outsized influence on elections. Now more than ever, we must come together as Democrats and work to move our country forward. There is no better place to start than overturning these rulings.

In response to the Supreme Court’s flawed decisions, I have supported a Constitutional Amendment that would do just that. I also support Washington State Initiative 735, which would put a proposal on the November ballot urging passage of a constitutional amendment to do the same.

We must get dark, undisclosed, money out of politics.

 

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Rick Larsen

Meet Rick Larsen

Rick Larsen represents Washington state's 2nd Congressional District. Rick was born and raised in Arlington and his family has called Northwest Washington home for over a century. Learn more.