Maryland’s 8th District

For Immediate Release

June 9, 2016

CONTACT:  Ian Jannetta – 202-225-1527

Van Hollen Statement on ‘We The People’ Legislative Package for Campaign Finance and Government Reform

Washington, DCToday Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on the ‘We the People’ legislative package unveiled by Senate Democrats:

“The ‘We the People’ agenda put forward by Senate Democrats is a bold prescription for fairer elections and a healthier democracy, and disclosure is an integral part of this effort. After the disastrous Citizens United ruling that unleashed unlimited secret outside money into our political process, I introduced the DISCLOSE Act to shed light on the special interests who are trying to buy our elections. Americans have a right to know which individuals and groups are spending millions of dollars to influence their votes. Shining sunlight on political donors provides greater transparency and accountability in our political system, and the idea is supported by voters across the political spectrum.

“The DISCLOSE Act passed the House in 2010, but it failed in the Senate by one vote. The fight is not over. The impact of Citizens United is only getting worse, and we will continue to combat the dark money that is damaging our democracy.”