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Daily Action: Go for Broke in Fixing American Elections


Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Katie Hill:
DC: (202) 224-3121

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the congressperson to support the broadest possible set of election reforms as part of HR1. Americans’ voting rights and electoral transparency must be expanded in ways never before attempted, if our nation is to survive current GOP attacks and create a sustainable democracy going forward. Regardless of this bill’s chances of passing the Senate and being signed by Trump, Democrats must promote clean elections and good governance and show the American people that one party, at least, is on their side. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
On Friday afternoon, House Democrats are set to unveil reform legislation encompassing voting rights, campaign finance limits and transparency, election integrity and security, White House and congressional ethics, and candidate tax returns. The measure, HR1, is titled the “For the People Act”; it is expected to move through several House committees over the coming weeks, with hopes of reaching the floor by late winter.

Among the bill’s provisions:
— Sweeping improvements to voter access will be mandated nationwide;
— Presidents, vice presidents and candidates for those offices will be required to release 10 years of tax returns;
— Presidential transitions and inauguration committees will be subjected to more stringent ethical standards;
— A public financing system for presidential and congressional campaigns will match donations up to $200 on a 6-to-1 basis;
— States will be required to use independent redistricting commissions to draw their congressional districts, rather than the political processes that lead to gerrymandering in many states;
— The law requiring politicians to state that they “approve this message” during campaign advertisements will be expanded to cover the leaders of corporations, unions and other organizations when they broadcast such ads;
— Members of Congress will be prohibited from serving on the boards of for-profit entities.