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Congress needs to seize the moment, end the influence of Big Money, and save American democracy

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In the month since the violent attack on the US Capitol, many corporations and powerful organizations have tried to distance themselves from the lawmakers involved in Donald Trump's efforts to overturn a free and fair election by putting a "pause" on their corporate giving or pledging to never again donate to anyone who voted to reject the results.

These include long-time Washington influence peddlers like Northrop Grumman, Wall Street banks, and major tech companies.

These actions have created a political shockwave, and highlight a bigger problem with our current system: members of Congress rely heavily on Big Money furnished by corporations and wealthy elites, who expect a return on their investment.

While we in the Declaration for American Democracy coalition certainly applaud efforts to pull funding from seditious members of Congress, the influence these corporations have has played a big role in blocking action on so many issues Americans care about — whether that's combating climate change, ensuring affordable healthcare, or establishing a fair minimum wage. Fortunately, there is a bill that is a top priority for leadership in Congress that will significantly decrease the influence of Big Money.

Because of wealth disparities resulting from discriminatory policy in the United States, the vast majority of Big Money donors are white. Since donor class preferences drive policy in our current broken system, the issues Black and brown people care most about fall to the bottom of the list, despite robust participation of these communities in our democracy.

The current pandemic is a perfect example — the huge disparities in health........

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