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[Defending Democracy Series] Campaign Finance Reform & Pledges to Limit the Influence of Money in Politics

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Ave NW Suite 500 Washington, DC 20005 USA (map)

Join for the latest installment in our ongoing Democracy Dialogues series organized by Open Gov Hub, Global Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, and Transparency International.

Since the landmark Citizens United decision in 2010, the influence of money in US politics, which has steadily grown in recent decades, now can virtually go unchecked. This makes candidates who then become elected officials far more likely to serve the interests of the wealthy few rather than truly represent their constituents.

What have successful efforts looked like to curb the influence of money in politics and institute effective campaign finance reforms, both in the US and around the world? Specifically, how have citizen efforts helped ensure that certain candidates commit to be transparent about where their money comes from and/or encouraged them to implement other anti-corruption related reforms once in office?

During the recent 2018 US Midterm Elections, we saw a surge of these efforts - from various “people’s PACs” to the Our Democracy 2018 Campaign to several candidates including money in politics as one of the key issues in their platforms. These efforts are helping pushing to set a new standard that makes it the norm for campaigns and politicians to disclose their finances.

What can we learn from the recent US Midterms, and similar political finance disclosure efforts from other countries?

Join for the latest installment in our ongoing Democracy Dialogues series organized by Open Gov Hub, Global Integrity, Sunlight Foundation, and Transparency International to learn about:

  • Numerous grassroots efforts here in the US to support candidates who refuse to take money from special interests

  • An initiative in the Czech Republic that got 165 out of 200 parliamentarians to commit to implementing anti-corruption reforms

  • The #3de3 successful campaign from Mexican civil society that had a large number of parliamentary candidates disclose their personal assets and campaign finances

Together, we will debrief on how pledges to limit the influence of money in politics played out in the recent US Midterm elections, and learn from similar efforts in Mexico and Czech Republic. Join us for this honest conversation about the promises and pitfalls of campaign finance and other anti-corruption campaign pledges.


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