Bernie Sanders - Our Democracy 2020
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As a candidate for President, I pledge to…

Your conduct on the campaign trail shows voters where your commitments are for transparency, accountability and ethics…

Reject SuperPACs Publicly disavow and reject support from Super PACs and other independent expenditure groups that let special interests funnel millions of dollars into our elections.


Release Tax Returns Release the past decade’s worth of your personal and business tax returns to the public, so voters can be aware of any financial entanglements and potential conflicts of interest.


Resolve Conflicts of Interest Pledge to identify and resolve any conflicts of interest for yourself, top campaign officials, and Cabinet appointees by undergoing ethics vetting by an independent third-party during a presidential transition.


Highlight Democracy Issues Highlight democracy issues -- voting rights, ending gerrymandering, and curbing big money in politics -- in your platform, campaign materials, website and stump speeches, drawing connections between democracy and other issues you discuss.


Rely On Small Donors, Not Big Money Pledge to fund your campaign primarily with small-dollar donations of $200 or less, so that you are accountable to ordinary supporters, not wealthy special interests, and refuse to grant special access to high-dollar donors and bundlers.


Disclose Who Funds Your Campaign Publicly disclose the identities of bundlers (supporters who solicit high-dollar donations on a candidate’s behalf) and the amounts they raised, so access to your campaign cannot be bought in secret -- and support legislation to make such disclosure mandatory.


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If elected President, I will endorse, prioritize and work aggressively to...

Leading our country means leading the way forward for a strong, accessible, and representative democracy for every American…

Enact The For the People Act Enact the full slate of common sense reforms in the For the People Act, including Automatic Voter Registration, citizen-funded elections, and impartial redistricting commissions, and support restoring the Voting Rights Act’s full protections.


Fix The Senate Filibuster End the legislative filibuster, enacting Senate rules changes to ensure that a minority of Senators can’t shut down all action on legislation and judicial nominees.

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Restore Voting For Currently & Formerly Incarcerated Citizens Ensure full voting rights for every American citizen, including those who are currently incarcerated, on parole, or have prior felony convictions.


Win Equal Representation For D.C. Grant full rights of statehood, including voting Congressional representation and self-determination for the District of Columbia.


Fix The Broken Electoral College Pass the National Popular Vote interstate compact to fix the broken Electoral College and ensure voters in all 50 states have a say in presidential elections.


By the end of my first year in office, I pledge to…

The next President will have the power to take concrete action that will repair and strengthen our democratic institutions…

Appoint An Attorney General Who Will Protect Voters Appoint an Attorney General who will protect voters by adding vote-suppressing jurisdictions into the Voting Rights Act’s preclearance process -- and will enforce campaign finance and ethics laws that protect our democracy.


Restore Net Neutrality & Stop Media Mergers Appoint a Federal Communications Commission chair who will restore the 2015 Net Neutrality rules, block monopolistic mergers by media and telecom corporations, and protect the Lifeline program that helps low-income Americans afford broadband Internet.


Staff Agencies To Protect Democracy Fully and capably staff executive agencies that protect our democracy, including a Federal Election Commission that will enforce campaign finance laws, a Securities and Exchange Commission that will shine a light on corporate political influence, and an Election Assistance Commission that will help voters in all 50 states exercise their rights.


Appoint A "Democracy Czar" Appoint a “democracy czar” in your administration who is tasked with restoring public confidence in our democracy and its ability to represent us.

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Require Federal Contractor Disclosure Issue an executive order requiring corporations that do business with the federal government to disclose their political spending, protecting our right to know who is using taxpayer dollars to influence our elections.


Close The "Revolving Door" Close the “revolving door” in Washington by restricting for-profit corporate lobbyists from working in the White House, banning “golden parachute” payouts for appointees from the private sector, and fully complying with all Office of Government Ethics guidelines.


Additional Comments

Common Cause members and the public are interested to know where you stand on additional democracy ideas that some candidates have proposed, like reforming the Supreme Court, lowering the voting age, or expanding voting rights to non-citizens. What do you think about these reforms? And are there any other ways you want to make our democracy more representative, reflective, accessible, or accountable?


Today, we live in the richest country in the history of the world, yet millions and millions of people find themselves in desperate economic conditions.

Today, we now see a handful of billionaires with unprecedented wealth and power.||Today, America and the world are once again moving towards authoritarianism -- and the same right-wing forces of oligarchy, corporatism, nationalism, racism and xenophobia are on the march, pushing us to make the apocalyptically wrong choice that Europe made in the last century.

We see huge private monopolies -- operating outside of any real democratic oversight and often subsidized by taxpayers - with the power to control almost every aspect of our lives.

They are the profit-taking gatekeepers of our health care, our technology, our finance system, our food supply and almost all of the other basic necessities of life. They are Wall Street, the insurance companies, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry, the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex and giant agri-businesses.

They are the entities with unlimited wealth who surround our nation's capitol with thousands of well paid lobbyists, who to a significant degree, write the laws that we live under.

Today, we have a demagogue in the White House who, for cheap political gain, is attempting to deflect the attention of the American people away from the real crises that we face and, instead, is doing what demagogues always do - and that is divide people up and legislate hatred. This is a president who supports brutal family separations, border walls, Muslim bans, anti-LGBTQ+ policies, deportations and voter suppression.

It is Bernie's very strong belief that the United States must reject that path of hatred and divisiveness -- and instead find the moral conviction to choose a different path, a higher path, a path of compassion, justice and love.

We must guarantee everyone in our country basic economic rights - the right to quality health care, the right to as much education as one needs to succeed in our society, the right to a good job that pays a living wage, the right to affordable housing, the right to a secure retirement, and the right to live in a clean environment.

We must recognize that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, economic rights are human rights.||We will create an America where "equal justice for all" is not just an aspirational ideal. Those words were written in our Constitution 242 years ago. And our nation's founding promise is 242 years overdue. We will treat structural racism with the exigency it deserves.

We will transform this country into a nation that affirms the value of its people of color, we must address the five central types of violence waged against black, brown and indigenous Americans: physical, political, legal, economic and environmental.

Whether it is a broken criminal justice system, or massive disparities in the availability of financial services, or health disparities, or environmental disparities, or educational disparities, our job is to-and we will-create a nation in which all people are treated equally. That is what we must do, and that is what we will do.

What Bernie believes is that the American people deserve freedom - true freedom. Freedom is an often used word but it's time we took a hard look at what that word actually means. Ask yourself: what does it actually mean to be free?|

Young people today are not only the most progressive generation in American history, they understand that they are the future of this country. And Bernie is enormously optimistic about the future when so many young people are signing up to not only defeat Donald Trump, but also to take on the special interests that dominate our economic and political lives. Together, we will finally create a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.

It is time for the American people to stand up and fight for their right to freedom, human dignity and security.

Tell Bernie Sanders thank you.

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