Presidential Candidates Must Support Comprehensive Democracy Reform

CWA signed an open letter sent this week to all 2020 presidential candidates urging them to make comprehensive democracy reform a centerpiece of their campaign platforms. The letter was written and signed by a coalition of more than 100 labor, democracy, environmental, religion, good government, civil rights, and other groups from the Declaration For American Democracy Coalition

In the letter, the groups call on the presidential candidates to stand with Americans across the country by committing to build on the foundation of the For the People Act, H.R. 1, passed this year in the House of Representatives and its Senate companion, S. 949.

"Corporate CEOs and the wealthiest 1% have spent decades rigging the political process against working people by making it harder for them to vote, stacking the courts with activist judges who have allowed our elections to be flooded with massive amounts of unreported corporate money, and weakening ethics rules," said CWA President Chris Shelton. "The next president of the United States must restore power to working people by committing to comprehensive democracy reform."
 
The letter asks candidates to work to expand the right to vote, strengthen government ethics laws, end the dominance of big money in our political system, create more transparency over campaign finance donations and federal influence, limit the revolving door and create stronger guidelines for the Washington influence industry, and strengthen the checks and balances system to protect against bad actors.