Restoring Faith in Democracy

Restoring Faith in Democracy

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Read Betsy’s Washington Reform Agenda

Betsy is leading by example, running a true grassroots campaign with a pledge never to accept campaign contributions from corporate PACs.

Betsy believes we must…

  • Fix our broken campaign finance system and curb the influence of big money in our politics
  • Protect voting rights so that every eligible voter has access to the ballot box
  • End gerrymandering so that voters can pick their representatives, not the other way around

Our government should be a democracy by the people and for the people, as our founders intended. People of all income levels and backgrounds should be able to participate in government by running for office and by having a say in who their representatives are. Unfortunately, the deck is stacked in our elections by the powerful and we need to fix that.

We must take urgent action to restore the voice of the people in elections. The corrosive influence of big money and corporations in our elections has been vastly accelerated by the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, which must be overturned. We need to end secret, unaccountable money in politics by requiring significantly more disclosure and transparency—by outside groups, federal contractors, and public corporations to their shareholders. We need to fight to eliminate super PACs and outside spending abuses.

Every person’s vote must count.  Partisan gerrymandering, designed to guarantee Congressional districts to one party or the other, leads to polarization. This has helped to create the extreme partisanship we see in Washington now, and has stopped Congress from getting things done on the issues that are important to our communities, like affordable healthcare, quality education, and good-paying jobs.

Everyone should have a fair opportunity to vote. We must restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. We should expand early voting and vote-by-mail, implement universal automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration. Betsy supports fully funding the Help America Vote Act and will work to fulfill the promise of election reform, including fighting to end long lines at voting booths and ensuring that all registration materials, voting materials, polling places, and voting machines are truly accessible to all.  

Endorsed by:

Richard Painter,
Former GWB Chief Ethics Lawyer


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