OPENSECRETS NEWS: Democrats’ money-in-politics reform package draws praise — and strong objections

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerald Nader HR 1

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi performs a ceremonial swearing-in for US House Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY), incoming House Judiciary Committee chairman. (Alex Edelman / AFP)


On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee held its hearing on the For the People Act (HR 1), which promises numerous election reforms from voting rights to campaign finance. Six expert witnesses appeared before the committee testifying both in favor and against aspects of the proposed legislation.

One of the witnesses, Adav Noti, senior director of trial litigation and chief of staff for the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center supported the efforts of the legislation which includes sections which add more “dark money” disclosure — the DISCLOSE Act — and introduce controls on digital spending — the Honest Ads Act — among other things.

“Limitless spending is a threat,” Noti said in his testimony. He argued that corporate spending is “drowning out” the voices of regular people in elections.

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