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Congressman Ron Kind

Representing the 3rd District of Wisconsin

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Cosponsors Anti-Corruption, Election Reform Bill

January 9, 2019
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind Cosponsors Anti-Corruption, Election Reform Bill
H.R. 1, the For the People Act, will put Wisconsinites before Washington powerful special interests

La Crosse – Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind cosponsored H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a broad package of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms that will hold Washington responsible by taking big money out of politics, supporting voting rights, and bolstering ethics enforcement for employees across the federal government.

“I am proud to cosponsor a bill that puts the power where it belongs: back in the hands of Wisconsinites,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “The For the People Act is a sweeping government reform package that will end Washington’s culture of corruption and hold our elected officials to a higher ethical standard.”

H.R. 1 makes critical reforms across three key areas:

  1. Voting Rights: H.R. 1 will create automatic voter registration across the country, expand early voting and voting by mail, restore the Voting Rights Act, prohibit voter roll purges, and end partisan gerrymandering. It will also enhance federal support for voting system security and modernization to avoid foreign election interference.
     
  2. Campaign Finance: H.R. 1 will require any organization involved in political activity to disclose large donors, create an individual multiple matching system for small donations so Wisconsinites can exercise their due influence against dark money and secret donors, and strengthen enforcement of campaign finance laws within the Federal Election Commission.
     
  3. Ethics and Accountability: H.R. 1 will fortify ethics laws by expanding conflict of interest laws and divestment requirements, and require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns. The bill will also overhaul the Office of Government Ethics, giving watchdogs more resources to enforce the law, close loopholes, and create a code of ethics for the Supreme Court.

For more information about H.R. 1, the For the People Act, click here.