We Are Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization. Our members supported 13 successful campaign finance, ethics and transparency laws that passed at the ballot this Election Day. Ask us anything!
Hello Reddit! I’m Josh Silver, the executive director of Represent.Us. We’re organizing progressives and conservatives to pass anti-corruption laws at the state and local level using the ballot initiative process.
On election night, our members supported 13 successful democracy reform efforts across the country, including a historic statewide Anti-Corruption Act in South Dakota. The South Dakota Anti-Corruption Act is the most comprehensive campaign finance and ethics overhaul ever passed at the ballot. It stops secret, unlimited gifts from lobbyists to politicians, creates a citizen-funding program for candidates who agree not to take big, out-of-state donations, and toughens ethics law enforcement (crazily enough, bribing a state lawmaker wasn't even classified a felony in South Dakota before; now it is).
Our plan is to emulate the success of marriage equality and marijuana legalization advocates and take the fight against political corruption local. I’ll be answering questions from 12pm-2pm (ET) — ask me anything about money in politics and what’s next for the anti-corruption movement!