Want Fair Elections?

Change-Congress.org says –

Fair ElectionsSpecial interests pump millions of dollars into elections, giving them more influence over our political system than the rest of us. Until we fix our broken campaign finance laws, these special interests will block real change on issue after issue.

Especially as our nation faces an unprecedented economic crisis, now is the worst time for our politicians to spend their time begging for campaign contributions from the very special interests that got us into this mess.

We need a clean system of campaign financing—one where politicians pay attention to regular people, the very small-dollar donors who made such an impact in 2008.

Reforming the system will never be Congress’s first priority until a grassroots movement gives politicians a choice: You can have our money or special interest money, but not both. Now is the time to push for this change, and that’s why the donor strike is important. Please sign on the right.

What legislation are we rallying around?

The bipartisan Fair Elections Now Act was offered last Congress, and was offered again this year by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Arlen Specter (R-PA), and Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Walter Jones (R-NC).

Under this legislation, congressional candidates who raise a threshold number of small-dollar donations would qualify for a chunk of funding—several hundred thousand dollars for House, millions for many Senate races. If they accept this funding, they can’t raise big-dollar donations. But they can raise contributions up to $100, which would be matched four to one by a central fund. Reduced fees for TV airtime is also an element of this bill. This would create an incentive for politicians to opt into this system and run people-powered campaigns.

It’s a great bill. You can help pressure Congress to pass it by joining the donor strike today.

To contact your congressional representative and learn more about Change-Congress.org click here

Published by the LA Progressive on August 5, 2009
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As a husband and wife team, Sharon Kyle and Dick Price publish several print and online newsletters on political and social justice issues. Sharon serves as Publisher for Dick & Sharon's LA Progressive and Dick serves as Editor.