Yesterday, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) joined House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn, Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson and colleagues in challenging Congress to stand up for the American people and implement the DARE agenda: DISCLOSE, AMEND, REFORM, ELECT.
"Citizens United opened the floodgates for unlimited secret corporate spending to influence our elections and undermine our democracy. Now, powerful special interests have a tighter grip than ever on what happens -- or doesn't happen -- in Washington," Cicilline said. "Without real reform, Washington will continue to protect the interests of the most powerful at the expense of everybody else, and fail to meet the serious challenges of our time. Congress needs to act in the interests of the families we serve, by limiting the influence of money in our elections."
The DARE agenda includes passage of key legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Cicilline.
DISCLOSE: The DISCLOSE Act, H.R. 4010, introduced by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and co-sponsored by Rep. Cicilline, would shine the light on secret money in political elections by enhancing public reporting requirement by corporations and outside campaign groups, requiring corporations and groups to stand by their ads and to disclose campaigning related spending to shareholders and organization members.
AMEND: Passing a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the misguided Citizens United decision is vital to the restoring the sanctity of public elections and protecting the speech of individuals, not corporations. Congressman Cicilline has cosponsored multiple amendments, including H.J.Res. 78 (Rep. Edwards, D-MD), H.J.Res. 90 (Rep. Deutch, D-FL), and H.J.Res 111 (Rep. Schiff, D-CA), among others.
REFORM: The Fair Elections Now Act, H.R. 1404, introduced by Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-CT), would reform our Congressional elections by providing a citizen-led system that would reduce the influence of and reliance upon large donations that currently fund campaigns.
ELECT: Electing candidates who believe in and will fight for these initiatives to ensure the work we do in Washington best serves the public interest.
"Our democracy is founded on the idea of hearing the voices of the many, not to be beholden to the checkbooks of the few," Cicilline said. "The broken system that exists in Washington today still stands in the way of creating jobs and promoting long-term economic growth. If we want our government to work for the middle class again, we need to have the courage to do what it takes to fix it."