THE PROBLEM

The legally granted right to unchecked political spending by corporations, unions, special interest groups, and wealthy individuals is silencing the voices of citizens and corrupting our ability to freely and fairly elect a representative government of, by, and for the people.

The "Citizens United" and other legal decisions led to the use of the terms, "Corporations Are People" and "Money Is (free) Speech", opening the floodgates to big and dark (anonymous/hard to trace) in our politics. The US Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC, Jan. 2010, changed our electoral system as we know it. Overwhelmingly, polls show that public opinion believes it was for the worst.  The Citizens United decision was the culmination of legal steps that now allow undisclosed, unregulated, and unknown money to flood local, state and federal elections.

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PACS: Political Action Committees

  • Represent business, labor or ideological interests

  • Give $5,000 to a candidate committee per election (primary, general or special).

  • Can also give up to $15,000 annually to any national party committee, and $5,000/yr. to any other PAC.

  • May receive up to $5,000 from any one individual, PAC or party committee per calendar year
     

SUPER PACS: 

  • Make no contributions to candidates or parties.

  • Make independent expenditures in federal races

    • Run ads or send mail

    • Communicate in other ways, messages that advocate the election or defeat of a  candidate.

    • No limits or restrictions on the sources of funds used

See more about them, their definitions and how they work by clicking here

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Source: Open Secrets

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Simply Put, Big & Dark Money Is Drowning Out Voters' Voices In Our Politics

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Getting big money out of politics is not a partisan issue; it’s an American one. 66% of Republicans, 85% of Democrats, 22 states, and over 800 cities and towns support a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics, and you should too.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • That $14 billion was spent in the 2020 election cycle, more than double what was spent in 2016? 

  • That in 2020, over 12,000 lobbyists spent $3.5 billion with our elected officials.

  • Now, you know.

  • Is there some issue you care about that seems to get nowhere because big money & lobbying stops it? I bet there is. If so, join us to do something about it!