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.