Elections and Voting
In an effort to bring accountability to increasingly negative elections, Senator Wyden authored the “Stand by Your Ad” law included in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, which currently requires candidates for federal office to formally announce approval of their campaign’s advertisements. Wyden has worked to expand on the “I approve this message” language to political advertisements funded by outside groups, requiring heads of corporations, political action committees and unions to stand by their ads as well.
He is an original cosponsor of the DISCLOSE Act -- the legislative response to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision that will bring transparency and accountability back into the funding of federal elections. In the past, Senator Wyden has introduced legislation to sharply curtail the amount of time Senators could spend raising money and he has long advocated fundamental reform of the campaign finance system.
As the first federal official elected entirely “by mail,” Wyden has first hand experience with “vote-by-mail’s” success in preventing voter fraud while increasing voter turnout and engagement. He has introduced legislation that would create a three-year, $110 million grant program to help states duplicate Oregon’s success by adopting their own vote by mail election systems.
Most recently, Wyden and Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced the Follow the Money Act- the first bipartisan campaign finance reform in over a decade- to increase transparency in campaign spending.
Posted on 04/23/13
Days after the Senate passed postal reform legislation that would have protected states that vote-by-mail or with large numbers of absentee balloting from the concern that postal closures too close to the election will disrupt their ability to vote, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (...…Read MorePosted on 05/03/12 |
Posted on 04/24/12
With 25 million Americans expected to cast their ballots for president through the Unites States Postal Service, disruptions to that system could have real and lasting effects on the outcome of the election. In order to protect the integrity of the vote-by-mail system first...…Read MorePosted on 04/24/12
The planned closures and consolidations of rural postal facilities throughout the country poses a particularly serious risk to states like Oregon that rely on vote-by-mail for their federal and state elections. With the presidential election approaching and the United State...…Read MorePosted on 04/18/12
Posted on 04/18/12
As the first full election cycle since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling extended personal election rules to corporations, the extent to which corporate influence and that of the Super PACs the ruling inadvertently created is becoming clear. More than eve...…Read MorePosted on 03/21/12 |