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Clean Elections

Citizens United has opened a floodgate of corporate and unregulated dark money in federal elections. Peter is working to overturn the horrendous decision and enact public financing of political campaigns.

  • Overturn Citizens United
  • Get corporate and dark money out of elections by publicly financing federal elections
  • Require super PACS and other groups to disclose major donors
  • End the practice of gerrymandering congressional district boundaries
  • Expand online and same day voter registration

 

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February 1, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON (WCAX) U.S. House Democrats have one bill at the top of their list-- HR.1, which would make Election Day a federal holiday. They call it the For the People Act.

It's meant to expand access to voting, reduce the influence of big money in politics and strengthen ethics rules for public servants.

We talked to Congressman Peter Welch about it this week.

June 27, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) posted the following statement on social media concerning the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy:

“Justice Kennedy’s retirement could cement a right wing court for a generation. All of us who care about civil rights, civil liberties, women’s rights, getting dark money out of politics and more should make our voices heard in any way we can. Immediately.”

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January 3, 2018 In The News

From President Donald Trump’s inauguration to the Women’s March, the narrowly defeated Obamacare repeal to the narrowly passed tax reform bill, the Russian election interference probe to #MeToo — 2017 was a year of high drama in Washington.

Vermont’s delegation, all three of whom are in the minority in Congress, sat down with VTDigger to reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of the year, finding themselves in new roles, and coming to terms with what they see as an unprecedented political situation in Washington.

Leahy: “In many ways the most frustrating year”

November 27, 2017 In The News

There are two great threats to American democracy today and neither one are named Trump, said Vermont’s lone-ranger congressman, Peter Francis Welch (D-VT).

“One is (the US Supreme Court decision) Citizens United and the immense amount of money in politics that’s not accountable,” Welch said. “And the other is gerrymandering, where you get boutique districts designed for either the extreme right or the extreme left. Those two issues have gotten worse since I’ve been in Congress. Trump just upped the ante.”

October 23, 2017 In The News

On a visit to Bennington, Rep. Peter Welch echoed recent remarks from Gov. Phil Scott, calling for bipartisan remedies for a polarized nation.

The Democratic U.S. representative and Vermont's Republican governor, who visited the county last week, both decried the partisan wrangling in Washington. Each contrasted that scene with the move civil political atmosphere they see in the Green Mountain State.

"We are kind of stalled in Congress right now," Welch said. "It is really, really unacceptable to the American people."

October 21, 2016 In The News
When Rep. Peter Welch sat down at the Traveled Cup on Tuesday, he was approached by a local man who wanted to thank Welch for responding to his concerns about his medication. The cost had gone from $24 per month to $450.
April 3, 2014 In The News

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck a limit on the total amount individuals can donate to political campaigns. In a hastily organized protest, about a half-dozen people held placards at one of Plattsburgh’s busiest intersections.

February 14, 2014 In The News

Bloomberg Politics

House Democrats, led by Peter Welch of Vermont, are pushing back against Republican efforts to block any new Internal Revenue Service rules governing nonprofit groups, which are spending millions of dollars on campaigns while keeping their donors hidden.

February 14, 2014 In The News

The Hill

Dozens of House Democrats are urging the IRS to get the tax-exempt groups at the center of the agency’s targeting controversy out of politics altogether.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and other Democratic lawmakers insist that it’s wrong to allow 501(c)(4) groups – which spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2012 campaign – to take part in the political process at all.

February 14, 2014 In The News

The Hill

Dozens of House Democrats are urging the IRS to get the tax-exempt groups at the center of the agency’s targeting controversy out of politics altogether.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and other Democratic lawmakers insist that it’s wrong to allow 501(c)(4) groups – which spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the 2012 campaign – to take part in the political process at all.