Published October 7, 2018
In letter to Congress, Davids and over 100 candidates call for sweeping reform bill to be H.R.1
Polling shows public trust in government is at an all-time low with much of the blame going to politicians and special interest money
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Sharice Davids today led a coalition of over 100 House challengers who are calling on Congress to make a government and election reform bill the first item on the agenda for the next Congress in 2019. In a letter to the House of Representatives, coordinated by Davids and 11 other House candidates, they write:
Restoring faith in our elections and in the integrity of our elected officials should be a top priority that all members of Congress can agree upon. Without these reforms we will be unable to truly regain the public’s trust or tackle the challenges of our day, like the costs of health care and prescription drugs, the opioid epidemic, or building an economy that is strong for working families.
For those reasons, these reforms must be sweeping, and they must be bold. They must be the very first item Congress addresses. We must not yield on this demand, the American public is counting on us.
Key elements of the bill would include: reforming the role of money in politics to ensure more transparency and accountability in our elections, eliminating foreign money from our political system, limit the undue influence of mega donors and special interests, and incentivize small dollar donors; as well as lobbying reform, ethics reform, redistricting reform, and voting rights protections.
In addition to Davids, Paul Davis, candidate in the Kansas Second District, also signed the reform letter. The letter was coordinated in part by End Citizens United, a grassroots campaign finance reform group. The group has endorsed Davids.
Passing a sweeping reform package will help restore trust and ensure lawmakers put the people’s interests first when addressing other issues including health care and economy
“The American people know that Washington isn’t working for them. They want candidates who will unrig the system and put the people ahead of mega donors and special interests,” said End Citizens United President Tiffany Muller. “Sharice Davis and the rest of the candidates on this letter are serious about reform. They’re sending a strong message to Washington, that when they’re elected, things will be different. End Citizens United is proud to have endorsed Ms. Davids and we look forward to working with her to help pass meaningful reforms that clear the way for Congress to do the people’s business.”
Davids, a tribal citizen of the Ho-Chunk Nation, won the Democratic nomination in Kansas 3rd Congressional District on August 8, 2018. Davids will face incumbent GOP Congressman Kevin Yoder in the general election in November.
Davids is one of two American Indian women running for Congress. Deb Haaland (Laguana Pueblo) is running in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional district. Given there has never been an American Indian woman in Congress, Indian Country is rooting for both candidates.
Davids’ letter comes amid a series of high-profile scandals that are shining light on the culture of corruption in Washington and exacerbating voter cynicism at a time when faith in government is already at a historic low. A bipartisan poll conducted by the George W. Bush Institute, the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center and Freedom House shows that money in politics is one of the top reasons people believe the government does not represent them.
You can read the full text of the letter here.