What is H.R.1/S.1, the For The People Act?

This powerful democracy reform legislation, introduced by Representative John Sarbanes from Maryland’s third district in the House and Senator Merkley from Oregon in the Senate, and includes a wish list of reforms that would ensure a healthy, functioning democracy. A full annotated guide to the bill can be found here. Click on the sections below to read about the reforms it will enact when passed!

What does it say about Clean and Fair Elections?

  • Improve Access – H.R. 1 will create automatic and same-day voter registration across the country; re-enfranchise former felons; expand early voting and simplify absentee voting; and modernize the U.S. voting system.
  • Restores the Voting Rights Act
  • Ends Gerrymandering – H.R. 1 will prevent politicians from picking their voters
  • Promote Integrity – H.R. 1 prohibits voter roll purges
  • Ensure Security – H.R. 1 enhances federal support for voting system security, especially paper ballots, increasing oversight over election vendors, and developing a national strategy to protect democratic institutions.

How does it end the dominance of BIG $ in our political institutions?

  • Guarantee Disclosure – H.R. 1 shines a light on dark money in politics by upgrading online political ad disclosure and requiring all organizations involved in political activity to disclose their large donors. H.R. 1 also breaks the so-called ‘nesting-doll’ sham that allows big-money contributors and special interests to hide the true funding source of their political spending.
  • Empower Citizens – H.R. 1 gives political power to everyday Americans, creating a multiple matching system for small donations, thereby allowing the American people to exercise their due influence in our politics. This will break special interests’ stranglehold on Congress and lay the groundwork for an agenda that serves the American people. H.R. 1 also pushes back on the Citizens United and Buckley decisions by the Supreme Court.
  • Strengthen Oversight – H.R. 1 tightens rules on super PACs and restructures the FEC to break the gridlock and enhance its enforcement mechanisms. It also repeals Mitch McConnell’s riders that prevent government agencies from requiring common sense disclosure of political spending.

How does it ensure public officials work for the public interest?

  • Fortify Ethics Law – H.R. 1 expands conflict of interest law and divestment requirements, slowing the revolving door, preventing Members of Congress from serving on corporate boards and requiring presidents to disclose their tax returns.
  • Impose Greater Ethics Enforcement – H.R. 1 overhauls the Office of Government Ethics, closing loopholes for lobbyists and foreign agents, ensuring watchdogs have sufficient resources to enforce the law and creating a code of ethics for the Supreme Court.

Who runs Un-PAC?

Un-PAC was co-founded by National Organizing Director Joseline Garcia, and Senior Partner Caleb Wilson. We acknowledge that our origins are on the political left, but Un-PAC is fiercely non-partisan, and committed to working with every single young person who agrees that corruption is bad and democracy is good.

Where does my money go?

Contributions to Un-PAC will be used to pay student organizers $15/hr, so that they can make an adequate living wage, while they work to organize their communities and educate their peers on the importance of democracy reform.

90% of your donation will go directly towards youth organizing efforts. The final 10% is used on operations.

Un-PAC Action is a federal 501(c)4 (an independent political action committee not affiliated with any political party or candidate) that funds youth organizing efforts working to increase awareness and provide pressure on elected leaders to support American democracy reform, specifically the upcoming legislation, the For The People Act.

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Who can donate to Un-PAC?

Only US citizens or Green Card Holders can donate to Un-PAC Action because Un-PAC is a federal 501(c)4. We cannot accept contributions from foreign nationals (but we still appreciate your support!).

How else can I support Un-PAC?

In addition to taking our pledge and/or making a donation, you can also help us spread the word! To change everything— we need everyone. If you agree that corruption is bad and democracy is good, we want you on our team!

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What's the problem?

Right now, there is zero correlation between a politician acting in their constituents’ best interest and their chances of winning re-election. Zero. What matters is how much money they raise, and that money doesn’t usually come from everyday, working people and voters. Instead, politicians are accountable to their wealthy donors, not the communities they represent. Many policies that will help the general public would in turn hurt corporations and industries, like the healthcare insurance and fossil fuel industries, who therefore lobby to block their progress at all costs.

What's the solution?

As young people, we’ve had enough! Our future is at stake, and we’re giving our members of Congress one last chance to get it right. We’re on the verge of passing powerful campaign finance reform legislation: The For The People Act, which would reduce the role money plays in politics and protect the voting rights of low turnout communities like our own. And so, our message to The Democrats is crystal clear: pass this bill while you have the power to do so, or lose a generation of young voters forever.

How do we do it, again?

Take Action: Corruption is at the root of all the problems our generation cares about, and passing this legislation will put us on the path to addressing all of them. It’s now or never. Students and young people are organizing and demanding that our elected officials pass the For The People Act during 2021.

Will you join us?