About Us

 If government OF the people is to be government FOR the people, we must have… GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE.

Government by the People is a non-partisan political action committee dedicated to electing candidates who will represent people, instead of corporations; reforming our electoral process to make it easier for candidates with grassroots support to win elections, and using the initiative process to pass needed legislation in the 24 states that give citizens the power to propose and pass legislation, including constitutional amendments, without the involvement or approval of a state’s legislature or governor. Government by the People is designed to serve as an organizing hub for groups (and individual citizens) that share these goals.

We intend to utilize our “People’s Platform” to identify candidates who support legislation needed and desired to “promote the general welfare” and help them get elected. We will also utilize the initiative to enact meaningful legislation at the state level, especially electoral reforms that are unlikely to be passed by state legislatures.  (See “Our Plan” for further details.)

The status quo is well defended by the people in power within the present system.  Our People’s Platform and he initiative process are the best means at our disposal to work within the system to change the system.  We are recruiting an army of volunteers and a coalition of supportive organizations to work together to get critical legislation passed into law.

Concerned citizens will find calls to action on this site that will enable you to join our campaign to elect a government of, by, and for the people. If you agree with us that bad government is the problem and good government is the solution, please support and join our campaign.

Change the rules – level the playing field – win the game!

Our political system is broken.  Congress has an approval rating that ranges from 9% to 14% (depending on the survey), yet 96.4% of incumbents seeking re-election win.  And the system seems to be impervious to reform.  The politicians who are in office (even those in the minority party at any given time) have little interest in changing the system – they are winning within the system as it exists.  A hopeless situation?  Not really.

The “People’s Platform” consists of ten pieces of legislation that represent victory for our grassroots campaign to take control of our government. We (the people) are asking candidates for Congress and state legislatures to pledge to support this legislation. Between now and November, we will work actively to support the candidates who support the People’s Platform.

If you have had enough of politics-as-usual, click on “Join the Campaign” to become an active part of our grassroots movement.

To provide your contact information, click on “Join the Campaign” (in the sidebar).  We will then keep you informed of town hall meetings, signing parties, benefit concerts and other events in your area where you can sign our petitions.  We will also inform you of the location of offices (of our supporting organizations) where you can sign during office hours.