Wertheimer is the president of Democracy 21, which works to strengthen democracy by ensuring the integrity of our elections and more.
The House passed historic reform legislation to repair and strengthen the rules of our democracy on March 8.
HR 1 is unprecedented, holistic reform legislation to fix our broken political system. It passed on a 234-193 party line vote, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Sarbanes. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Tom Udall with all 46 of his Democratic and independent colleagues as sponsors.
HR 1 provides essential reforms to address what's broken in our political system — money corruption, voter suppression and discrimination, extreme partisan gerrymandering, and government ethics abuses.
Donations to political party organizations for the purpose of "party building" that were beyond federal regulation until they were banned in 2002 by the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. The contrast is with hard money.
Contributions from individuals and political action committees that adhere to the limits and disclosure requirements of federal campaign finance law. The contrast is with soft money.