Our government should answer to the American people, not to special interests. But right now, corruption and greed are displacing our voices in our government. Taking on powerful interests is at the root of just about every major policy challenge we need to solve—whether that’s tackling student debt, getting Medicare for All or passing gun safety laws. Kirsten will never back down from that fight.
We need to get dark money out of our politics.
Right now, too much of the decision-making in our government is going to the highest bidder. Wealthy special interests and their lobbyists have outsized influence over our laws because they can pour unlimited amounts of sometimes-secret money into passing their agenda and bankrolling their allies’ campaigns. We need to overturn Citizens United and get big, unaccountable and secret money out of our politics once and for all. And we need to create a public finance system to restore the principle of one person, one vote.
Kirsten’s walking the walk: This campaign doesn’t accept donations from corporate PACs or federal lobbyists, and we have disavowed individual super PACs. We’re fighting to restore power to people, so we’re powered by people.
We need transparency in our government.
The American people deserve to know how their elected officials are fighting for them—and that starts with shining a light on how decisions are made in Washington. Kirsten was the first member of Congress in history to make her official meetings, personal financial disclosures and earmark requests public; The New York Times called it “a quiet touch of revolution.” She releases her personal tax returns every year and believes the president and vice president—as well as any candidate who runs for those offices—should have to do the same.
We need to make sure our leaders play by the same rules as everyone else.
Kirsten has championed ethics reform since her first days in Congress. She wrote and secured the passage of the STOCK Act in 2012, which finally made it illegal for members of Congress, their families and their staff to profit from insider information gained through public service. At the time, The Washington Post called it “the most substantial debate on Congressional ethics in nearly five years.” She introduced the CLEAR Act, which ensures voters know when registered lobbyists spend money on a political campaign and how much. She also led the charge on passing legislation to combat and create accountability on sexual harassment in Congress, including ending the practice of using taxpayer dollars for sexual harassment settlements.