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Democrats flex power by taking aim at money in politics in comprehensive bill from Maryland Rep. Sarbanes

Democrats flex power by taking aim at money in politics in comprehensive bill from Maryland Rep. Sarbanes

Flexing their new majority, Democrats are moving to push through the House a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package they say will reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and restore ethics and integrity to Washington.

The legislation, called H.R. 1 to signify its importance, would make it easier to register and vote, tighten election security and require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns.

The sweeping, 570-page bill also would make Election Day a holiday for federal workers and require "dark money" political groups to make their donors public. And it would create a public financing system for congressional...

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