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Policy Brief

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Democratic Institutions

CED’s Longstanding, Nonpartisan Call to Action on Money in Politics

Over the past 45 years, the Committee for Economic Development (CED) has engaged in advocacy for campaign finance reform. In 1968, CED issued its first call for campaign finance reform with the release of its report, Financing a Better Election System. CED called for wide-ranging reforms and stressed the need for greater transparency and increased voter participation in the political process. In 1974, CED repeated its call for disclosure and transparency in a policy study titled, Restoring Confidence in the Political Process, which raised concerns about the erosion of public confidence in our government institutions.

Today, the surge of so-called “secret money” in the political system continues to have a corrosive effect on the functioning and integrity of our democratic institutions. Business leaders and CED believe that the campaign finance system is broken and that disclosure is a key ingredient in restoring confidence in our campaign finance system.

Read more about CED's historical work, and the results from our 2013 studies and papers in our latest report.

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Date Published
November 22, 2013

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