Crack Down on Corruption

Nearly every issue we face as a nation is caught in the grip of corruption

Do politicians care about what citizens think?

A study by Princeton and Northwestern professors looked at more than 20 years worth of data to answer a simple question: Does the government represent the people?

What they found was extremely unsettling: The opinions of 90% of Americans have essentially no impact at all.

Name an issue you care about. Any issue at all. If we want to make progress on that issue, we have to get serious about corruption in our government.

How do we end corruption in America?

Crack down on lobbyists and conflicts of interest

Voters should have the greatest influence in government and over their representatives, not lobbyists or special interest groups.

To curb the influence of lobbyists and special interest groups, we support:

Expanding the definition of “lobbyist”

Banning lobbyist donations to elected officials

A cooling-off period between serving in office and working as a lobbyist

Strengthening penalties on attempts to buy political influence

Banning legislators from trading individual stocks

Banning Members of Congress from fundraising during congressional work hours

Fight bribery by changing how elections are funded

To reduce money’s influence in politics, RepresentUs supports strengthening campaign finance laws and limiting campaign funding. Safeguards must be put in place so that spending by wealthy individuals, corporations, Political Action Committees (PACs), and Super PACs don’t determine elections – voters do.

We support:

Expanding public finance to even the playing field for candidates

Programs like Democracy Dollars

Caps on campaign spending

Requiring disclosures on sources of major donations

Ending dark money

Banning campaign spending by foreign-influenced corporations

We’re working city by city, state by state to end corruption in our government.

Will you join the movement?


  • Do you support overturning Citizens United?

    Yes. Learn more about Citizens United.

  • Is lobbying legal?

    There is nothing inherently wrong with lobbying. Lobbying encourages people to play an active role in their government and it’s protected by the First Amendment as our right “to petition the government.” But because politicians are so dependent on money from lobbyists and the special interests they represent to fund their political careers, Congress ends up passing laws to keep the lobbyists and their clients happy, instead of laws that benefit the American people.

    Learn more: Is Lobbying Good or Bad?

  • What is the lobbyist “revolving door”?

    “The revolving door” refers to when members of Congress leave office and immediately start working for lobbying firms where they can influence legislation. This has become shockingly common: In the 1970s, less than 5% of retiring legislators went on to become lobbyists. Now, half of retiring senators and a third of retiring House members do.

    Learn more: 5 Crazy Facts About Lobbyists

  • Can Congress insider trade?

    While the law prohibits Congress from engaging in insider trading, members of Congress are still allowed to buy and sell individual stocks while in office. Lawmakers are privy to massive amounts of information to which the general public simply doesn’t have access to. These same politicians are responsible for crafting legislation that regulates, or deregulates, American corporations.

    Read more about the STOCK Act and why it needs fixing.

  • What is dark money?

    Dark money refers to any money spent to influence an election that comes from an undisclosed source. Most dark money goes toward political ads meant to influence voters. We’re all familiar with the constant barrage of advertising during election season, but we often don’t know who is paying for it. The secrecy behind this persuasive messaging makes it impossible for American voters to consider the credibility and motives of the wealthy donors funding it. Dark money enables billionaires and corporations to buy our elections without us even realizing.

    Read more about dark money.

  • What are “Democracy Dollars”?

    Democracy Dollars, sometimes known as Democracy Vouchers, is a public campaign financing policy that gives voters money to give to a certain candidate of their liking. It allows the public to become more invested in a candidate’s campaign and also works to curb the influence of big donors and dark money.

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Get Involved

If you are interested in anti-corruption, now is the time to get involved. You can help us pass anti-corruption policies in cities and states across America.