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Daily Action: We the People Demand Democracy Reform Co-Sponsors!


CONTACT:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator/Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor of the "We the People Democracy Reform Act," introduced by Senator Tom Udall and Representative David Price. This comprehensive package will help clean up our campaigns, end gerrymandering, strengthen lobbying rules, promote voting, and tighten requirements that candidates disclose their tax returns, business holdings and conflicts of interest. These are all common-sense reforms that will fix much of what has gone wrong with American democracy in recent years, and they deserve your full-throated support. Thank you! 


BACKGROUND
The We the People Democracy Reform Act brings together a number of democracy reform proposals into one comprehensive package. It builds on and expands the We the People Act, which was introduced in 2016 by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative David Price (D-NC). The Act is endorsed by The Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, People For the American Way, Public Citizen, Norman Eisen, chief White House ethics lawyer for Barack Obama (2009-2011), and Richard Painter, chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush (2005-2007).

The Act's provisions:

  • create a small-donor, public matching-funds system for presidential and congressional races;
  • close disclosure loopholes for outside spending groups;
  • require 48-hour disclosure for large contributions to candidates and parties;
  • provide accountability for campaign ads run by outside groups;
  • shut down individual-candidate Super PACs and strengthens rules prohibiting coordination;
  • establish a new approach for enforcing campaign finance laws;
  • strengthen lobbying and revolving door laws;
  • establish nonpartisan redistricting commissions to draw House congressional districts;
  • establish a system of automatic voter registration for citizens who are eligible to vote, but not registered;
  • provide for same-day voter registration;
  • require Presidents to divest assets that create potential conflicts of interest into a blind trust, and to disclose their tax returns;
  • require disclosure of visitors to the White House and other places where the president does regular business;
  • strengthen executive branch conflict-of-interest and revolving-door rules.

A full analysis of the bill's provisions can be found on Sen. Udall's website.
A Washington Post column by E.J. Dionne explains why the Act is both timely and essential.