The Anti-Corruption Caucus will work to prevent foreign interference in elections and more.
Democratic Rep. Gil Cisneros this month announced he was starting the End Corruption Caucus, which will support legislation to dismantle corruption in many different facets of government.
Cisneros announced the caucus with other House freshman, like Reps. Max Rose (D-NY) and Katie Porter (D-CA) alongside the Freshmen Members of Congress and the End Citizens United Action Fund. The End Corruption Caucus is designed to support bills that keep “dark money” and corporate PACs out of government, bolster accountability in each branch of government with regular reporting and prohibit foreign actors from influencing U.S elections, among other goals.
The “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision in 2010 made it possible for corporations to spend large amounts of money on political activities, like attack ads on rival candidates. The ruling also led to the creation of Super Political Action Committees, which allow wealthy donors to give money to candidates and brought about the rise of “dark money,” which the Brennan Center for Justice defines as funding from non-profits that do not disclose their donors.
“It’s far past time we return our government to the people and restore accountability and transparency to Washington. Dark money and special interests have clouded our democracy, and the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court ruling has only amplified the corruption. Instead of power for the American people, it’s been power for the few,” Cisneros said in a statement. “I came to D.C. to fix this broken system and fight for my constituents. Today, I’m proud to join my freshmen colleagues in launching the End Corruption caucus and put power back to where it belongs, the American people.”
Just last year representatives in the House worked to create and pass the For the People Act which would accomplish goals that are similar to the ones outlined in the End Corruption Caucus. Groups like End Citizens United and government officials alike have been working since the court’s ruling 10 years ago to repeal the decision but the court case remains firmly on the books.