It was my privilege to introduce the Government By the People Act, which promotes citizen-led, grassroots-funded campaigns and empowers average Americans to fight back against the influence of big money in politics.
Congressman John Sarbanes
The Government By The People Act
The Government By the People Act establishes a new paradigm for the funding of Congressional campaigns. Its various provisions work together to broaden citizen participation and liberate candidates from dependency on PACs and other big money interests.
I. Empower everyday Americans to participate in the political process by providing a refundable My Voice tax credit for small dollar contributions to grassroots candidates for Congressional office.
II. Amplify the voice of everyday Americans, by providing a multiple match on their grassroots donations from the Freedom from Influence Fund.
III. Protect the voice of everyday Americans from being drowned out by wealthy donors, and allow grassroots candidates to gain access to additional funding if they are hit hard by outside spending at the end of an election.