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The Scorecard provides data on every current member of Congress based on their sponsorship or cosponsorship of key democracy reform bills that Common Cause and our 1.2 million members support.

Bills in this Scorecard would strengthen our money-in-politics, voting, ethics, and media and democracy laws, as well as ensure that all residents are counted in the census. Bills in the Scorecard would enhance transparency requirements for political contributions and spending, break the power of big money in our elections by incentivizing small-dollar contributions, and crack down on foreign influence in our election. Other money-in-politics bills in the package would overturn the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision and tighten the prohibition on political spending by foreign entities.

The Scorecard also includes bills to strengthen our voting laws by updating and strengthening provisions of the Voting Rights Act gutted by the Shelby v. Holder Supreme Court ruling, securing and enhancing voting systems, providing automatic registration so that voters are added to voter rolls when they do business with state agencies, and creating independent citizens’ commissions to draw new districts after each census so that politicians cannot cherry-pick their voters.


House

Money in Politics

HJR 31, Democracy for All Amendment

Overturn Citizens United decision; would authorize Congress and the states to set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates and others to influence elections

HR 1615, Get Foreign Money out of U.S. Elections Act

Bill would close that loophole by banning campaign contributions and expenditures by corporations that are controlled, influenced, or owned by foreign nationals

HR 20, Government by the People Act

Small-dollar donor public financing; would create a small donor matching fund system to lessen congressional candidates’ dependence on special interest and lobbyist money and instead raise small in-state donations.

HR 6239 DISCLOSE Act, HR 1134 DISCLOSE Act

Disclosure of political spending; would require all corporations, unions, other outside groups, and Super PACs to report to the FEC within 24 hours of making a $10,000 campaign expenditure or financial transfer to other groups which can then be used for campaign-related activity; would require leaders of entities engaging in political spending >$10,000 to “stand by their ads”

Voting

HR 1562, HR 3132, HR 3751, HR 4276, HR 5011, or HR 5147

Election security bills: would secure and modernize our election systems and protect them from vulnerabilities by requiring paper ballots, post-election risk-limiting audits, and other safeguards

HR 2840 Automatic Voter Registration Act, HR 2876 Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017

Create automatic voter registration systems; would ensure that eligible individuals interacting with certain government agencies would automatically be registered to vote

HR 2978 Voting Rights Advancement Act, HR 3239 Voting Rights Amendment Act

Update the Voting Rights Act; would modernize the Voting Rights Act pre-clearance formula to ensure that states/localities with a history of discriminating against voters must get changes approved by the Justice Department

HR12, Voter Empowerment Act

Modernize and enhance voting systems; modernize registration systems and create online voter registration, allow same-day registration, ensuring the ballots of military/overseas Americans are counted, and create a national voting hotline

Ethics, Conflicts Of Interest, and Abuse Of Power

HR 1960, Supreme Court Ethics Act

Create judicial code of conduct for Supreme Court; would require the Supreme Court to establish a judicial code of conduct for justices to comply with similar to all other federal judges

HR 356, Protecting Our Democracy Act

Create an independent, Watergate-like commission to investigate Russian hacking in the 2016 elections

HR 371, Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act

Strengthens ethics requirements for the President; requires the President and Vice President to submit to Congress and the Office of Government Ethics a disclosure of financial interests and a disclosure of tax returns by the incumbent President and presidential nominees of a major political party for the three most recent taxable years

HR 5476/HR 5505; Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, HR 3654 Special Counsel Independence Protection Act

Bills to protect current and future Special Counsels from indiscriminate termination

Fair Representation & Media & Democracy

HJ Res129, Net neutrality resolution of disapproval CRA

Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval to preserve the open Internet: would restore the FCC’s 2015 rule on net neutrality

HR 1102 Redistricting Reform Act, HR 712 John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act

Create independent redistricting commissions; outlines criteria for states to create independent redistricting commission to help eliminate partisan gerrymandering

HR 1439, Keeping Our Campaigns Honest Act

directs the FCC to revise its sponsorship identification rules to require the names of top donors to be included for political ads

Senate

Money in Politics

S 1585/S 3150, DISCLOSE Act

Disclosure of political spending; would require all corporations, unions, other outside groups, and Super PACs to report to the FEC within 24 hours of making a $10,000 campaign expenditure or financial transfer to other groups which can then be used for campaign-related activity; would require leaders of entities engaging in political spending >$10,000 to “stand by their ads”.

S 1640, Fair Elections Now Act

Small-dollar donor public financing; would create a small donor matching fund system to lessen congressional candidates’ dependence on special interest and lobbyist money and incentivize raising small in-state donations.

S 1989, Honest Ads Act

Disclosure of online political ads; ensure that online political ads have the same disclosure requirements as television, print, and radio political ads do.

SJR 8, Democracy for All Amendment

Overturn Citizens United decision; would authorize Congress and the states to set reasonable limits on the raising and spending of money by candidates, individuals, and groups to influence elections.

Voting

S 1419, Voting Rights Advancement Act

Update the Voting Rights Act; would modernize the Voting Rights Act pre-clearance formula to ensure that states/localities with a history of discriminating against voters must get changes approved by the Justice Department.

S 1437, Voter Empowerment Act

Modernize and enhance voting systems; modernize registration systems and create online voter registration, allow same-day registration, ensuring the ballots of military/overseas Americans are counted, and create a national voting hotline.

S 1588, Democracy Restoration Act

Restore voting rights for individuals who have served their time; establishes criteria for formerly incarcerated citizens to have their voting rights restored in federal elections.

S 2593, S 3049, S 3116, Election security bills

Would secure and modernize our election systems and protect them from vulnerabilities by requiring paper ballots, post-election risk-limiting audits, and other safeguards.

Ethics, Conflicts Of Interest, and Abuse Of Power

S 27, Establish a Commission to End Russian Interference in United States Elections

Create an independent commission to examine and report on the facts regarding the extent of Russian official and unofficial cyber operations and other attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. elections.

S 65, Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act

Strengthens ethics requirements for the President; requires the President and Vice President to submit to Congress and the Office of Government Ethics a disclosure of financial interests and a disclosure of tax returns by the incumbent President and presidential nominees of a major political party for the three most recent taxable years.

S 835, Supreme Court Ethics Act

Create judicial code of conduct for Supreme Court; would require the Supreme Court to establish a judicial code of conduct for justices to comply with similar to all other federal judges.

Fair Representation & Media & Democracy

S 1880, We the People Democracy Reform Act

Omnibus democracy reform bill; would reform the Federal Election Commission, require common sense disclosure of political spending, strengthen lobbying guidelines, and strengthen other money-in-politics, voting, and ethics laws.

S 2578 2020 Census IDEA Act, S 2580 Every Person Counts Act

Bills that would require the Secretary of Commerce to provide advanced notice to Congress before changing any questions on the census; instruct the Census Bureau to count the total number of people living in each state during each decennial census; and prohibit the Census Bureau from asking for or collecting information on individuals’ citizenship or immigration status.

SJR 52, Congressional Review Act

Resolution of disapproval to preserve the open Internet: would restore the FCC’s 2015 rule on net neutrality (voting for SJR 52 counts the same as cosponsoring).