Government Transparency, Voting Rights, and Campaign Finance Reform

Government Transparency, Voting Rights, and Campaign Finance Reform

Delaware Democrats believe that a core principle of the Party is to maximize voter participation for all Delawareans. We will fight for real campaign finance reform to keep big money from drowning out the voices of everyday Delawareans, and we must have the necessary tools to fight back and safeguard our electoral and political integrity. 

We believe it is the government’s responsibility to ensure the transparency of corporations seeking establishment in Delaware, as well as to keep Delawareans safe through strengthening our cybersecurity.

Responsible Government: Delaware Democrats believe that every Delawarean should be confident in the stewardship of government. We need to tackle fiscal waste, fraud, and abuse to ensure government dollars are spent wisely and efficiently. Government should be well managed, open, responsive, and accountable, with particular focus on transparency in campaign finance and public officials’ compensation. Delaware Democrats believe in sound fiscal practices, with public access at all levels to government financial records.

Voting Rights: Ensuring and expanding the right to vote is a core value of Delaware Democrats. We believe that we should make it easier to vote by expanding early voting and voting by mail, automatically registering citizens to vote, implementing same day voter registration, and ending partisan and racial gerrymandering. Democrats are dedicated to fighting against efforts to suppress minority turnout through discriminatory voter identification laws.

Campaign Finance: We support constitutional amendments to overturn Citizens’ United and Buckley v. Valeo. We need to amplify the voices of the American people through a small donor matching public financing system. We need to overhaul and strengthen the Federal Election Commission so that there is real enforcement of campaign finance laws. And we need to fight to eliminate super PACs and outside spending abuses, including transparency of donors.

Transparency of Corporate Entities & LLCs: National security officials have warned against potential secret ownership of companies in critical areas such as energy production, electric grids, communications and transportation infrastructure. There is also major concern about the use of Limited Liability companies to secretly launder funds to be used by terrorist and other criminal 12 June 2021 7 Delaware Democratic Party Platform groups. Delaware Democrats support revisions of State Corporate Law to require screening and identification of all persons and nations seeking to establish an LLC under Delaware statutes.

Cybersecurity: Delaware Democrats understand the need to strengthen our cybersecurity to address email privacy, social media privacy, private records, including medical records, and provide protection from hacking. We will seek to establish global norms in cyberspace and impose consequences on those who violate the rules. We will do this while protecting the privacy and civil liberties of the American people.