I believe we are at a tipping point in the short history of campaign finance reform: We can either stand by the common-sense reforms enacted after the Watergate scandal, or we can cede control of political campaigns entirely to the wealthy and monied interests. The responsible choice is clear.
I have been at the forefront of Democratic efforts to protect our electoral process and have authored legislation, the Empowering Citizens Act, which would modernize and refine the presidential campaign financing system, create a new small donor matching system for congressional campaigns, and establish clear rules on coordination between candidates and "Super PACs." These commonsense, concrete steps would diminish the influence of high-dollar special interests in our elections and encourage grassroots participation at all levels of politics.
I am the author of the "Stand By Your Ad" requirement, which requires candidates to appear in, and claim responsibility for, the content of their campaign ads. I also reintroduced my “Stand By Every Ad” legislation, which would extend the original Stand By Your Ad requirement to Super PACs.