Campaign finance refers to fundraising and spending involved in candidates’ run for office. These campaigns cost a great deal of money; from travel expenses to advertisements and compensation of staff, enormous financial burdens come with running for office.

Campaign finance reform is deeply intertwined in the ethical and moral fabric of our nation. The voices of those who are most oppressed and vulnerable are the voices that most need to be elevated in the halls of power. Unfortunately, with the outsized influence of money, those voices are not heard as clearly.  Following the Citizens United v. FEC decision in 2010, outside spending increased drastically. Spending in the 2020 federal election cycle surpassed $14 billion, more than twice the amount spent just 4 years earlier in 2016.

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