Narrow special interests disproportionately influence public debate and the government’s decision-making process, often drowning out the voice, subverting the will, and harming the interest of the general public.
VPIRG is working for a more participatory and inclusive democracy: in favor of government transparency and integrity, against big money politics, and for more fair and accessible elections.
This legislation – S.82 – is really important. It would not only ban corporate contributions, it would reestablish commonsense limits on all other contributions to candidates, improve disclosure requirements and make our public financing system for Gov. and Lt. Gov candidates viable again. Urge your senators to pass S.82 without weakening it!Take Action
Some of Vermont’s most well-known advocates for campaign finance reform took issue today with a proposed bill in the state Senate that would dramatically increase the amount of money in Vermont’s political campaigns.
The Senate Government Operations Committee has been working all year on legislation – S.82 – that would require increased reporting from political action committees (PACs), candidates and others while lowering limits on political contributions. But two weeks ago, the committee changed course without warning and decided to allow much larger contributions from individuals, corporations, PACs and political parties.…Continue reading »