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In Maine, Lessons for Money in Politics Activists
Senior Advisor on Democracy Issues and Coordinator of Money in...
Mainers sent the nation a message on Tuesday, strongly approving a money in politics ballot initiative that puts control of elections back in the voters' hands and reduces the power of big money.
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Maine Voters Hope To Restore Their Revolutionary Election System
Until a few years ago, teachers, waitresses and firefighters could run for office in Maine -- and win.
The Campaign Everyone Should Be Talking About - No, Not Hilary's
A republic which remains unchecked by the people it was intended to represent is in no form a republic. Because of the
of Maine, in November, America will witness a decision handed down not by the government or special interests, but
Gov. Cuomo's Moment of Truth
President, Common Cause
The legislation includes tighter contribution limits and beefed-up enforcement of New York's campaign finance laws. But its centerpiece is a "fair elections" program that would boost the clout of small-dollar campaign donors by supplementing their modest contributions with public matching funds.
Why Climate Change Is Ignored
Professor of Economics, Colgate University
To explain why Congress has failed to address the climate change crisis we need look no further than to the biases caused by the way we fund our politics.
Remember the Clean Elections Act
Founder, President of Erikson Communication Group
Given its success, Maine should stand out as a paragon for the country to follow. Instead, Mainers are fighting to save their clean elections law.
How One State Senate Just Screwed the Whole Nation
What happened in Albany last week has major implications for national anti-corruption efforts that are central to making progress on the issues that you care about most, yet keep losing. Health care, climate change, education, financial oversight, military spending... the list goes on.
It Takes a Democracy Movement
Calvin Sloan is a researcher and multimedia specialist with th...
"It's not that the system is broken," says the conservative populist Governor Buddy Roemer, "it's that it's bought." The question that logically follows is what we, the American people, can do about it. How can we remove the corroding influence of money in politics?
Cuomo Can Fix New York's 'Pay to Play' Reputation and Set National Example
Michael B. Keegan
President, People For the American Way
The state of New York has become an embarrassing example of what can happen when money is allowed to rule politics. But New York and its governor, Andrew Cuomo, now have an opportunity to shed the state's pay-to-play image.
Hawaii Showing the Way Toward Cleaner Elections
President and CEO, Common Cause
The Hawaii drive for public financing of campaigns is another illustration of how Americans are pushing back against the Supreme Court's ruling in
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
that corporations have the same rights as people.
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From Behind the Counter: A Different View of the 47%
Maine State Representative
I believe in an American Dream predicated on a system where everyone plays by the same rules, where the game isn't rigged to benefit the elite at the expense of the rest of us, and where a convenience store clerk can run for state office -- and win.
Jonathan Soros Super PAC Aims To Raise Big Money To Reduce Big Money's Power
The New York City model provides a six-to-one match for small-dollar donations up to $175 each. That means that a $20 donation
Recovering Democracy After
Rep. Chellie Pingree
It's crazy that the Constitution has to be amended to clarify what for the majority of Americans is a clear and true statement: corporations are not people. But that's where we find ourselves today.
Lessons I've Learned From Maine Clean Elections
State Representative, Maine House of Representatives
Money may talk, but it shouldn't buy our democracy and here in Maine, we have proven that there's a better way.
Cleaning Up Elections? It's Simpler Than You Think.
TV Writer, Speechwriter, Pundit
Simply overturning Citizens United won't provide us with a campaign system that provides fair results. We were doing poorly before Citizens United, too. We need a far more aggressive change than just overturning that one ruling.
Maine Bill Would Challenge
Greenpeace USA Co-Founder; Candidate for US Congress
Reversing the baleful impact of the
ruling and instituting effective election reform will not be accomplish quickly, but the longer we wait, the more entrenched these corrupting influences will become. We must act now.
Turns Two: Democracy Is Not a Game
After two years of growing public opposition and mounting evidence of the damage of uncontrolled money in politics, the Court should reconsider its decision in
Democracy For The 99%
President and CEO of Every Voice Center
Hundreds of candidates across the country have already run and won depending only small donations combined with public funds.
to Take From the Midterms
Frances Moore Lappe
Author, 'Diet for a Small Planet'
Money makes politicians beholden to outside interests, distracts them from their jobs, and shuts good people out.
'Soul Of A Citizen' Excerpt: Taking Money Out Of Politics: A Grassroots Effort For Clean Elections
Author Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little...
Maine's Clean Elections Act passed with 56 percent of the vote, and it changed Maine's politics. By 2008, three quarters of the candidates in the state were participating.
Press Conference Drives Reform Message
, Guest Writer
This is exactly the kind of message we need to be driving as part of a larger campaign in these elections -- that change has not come to Washington because corporations have been too big a part of the roadblocks.
Professor of Economics, Colgate University
Change in politics does not occur without passion, and passion in turn requires a compelling vision of how things could be
"Clean Elections" Stifles Speech
David M. Primo
Associate professor, University of Rochester
The Supreme Court is now considering whether to hear
Arizona Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett
, a First Amendment challenge to Arizona's unconstitutional "Clean Elections" system.
RI State Representative, Former Congressional Candidate, Deman...
Corporations and the extraordinarily wealthy have too much control over our government and over our society. We need to stand up and fight back. And that's why I'm running for Congress.
Props to Know in CA: Yes on 15, No on 16!
John Wellington Ennis
Filmmaker, Activist, Father
Pacific Gas & Electric has spent over $46 million to get you to vote for their monopoly in our elections.
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