Monthly Archives: June, 2016

GetMoneyOut! – New York joins 16 other states

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New York has become the 17th state to formally call for a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United.

Just look at all the states that support overturning Citizens United:

California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Hawaii
Illinois
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Montana
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Oregon
Rhode Island
Vermont
West Virginia

That’s nearly 40% of the U.S. population.

But we can’t stop now.  Fully 80% of Americans believe we must overturn Citizens United.

Having a constructive debate on the most important issues of our time requires a working democracy.  That idea requires a sensible campaign finance system and a government without a revolving door to and back from the lobbying industry.

Public Citizen was key to the successful campaign we waged in New Jersey in 2012 and Public Citizen was again important in New York.  We applaud everyone’s efforts.  Next up are Washington, Arkansas and New Hampshire, among others.

 

How far the movement has come!

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Public Citizen is not the only group committed to a 28th Amendment.  There are also these:

Money Out Voters In

http://www.moneyoutvotersin.org

America Promise

http://www.americanpromise.net

 

Please Note, UPDATE:  Soon after our victory in NY State, Rhode Island became the 5th state to call for an Amendments Convention to overturn Citizens United.  So you can add a 5th “V” to the map above.

NY becomes the 17th State – More of the story:

http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/state/6400-new-york-becomes-17th-state-to-call-for-constitutional-overturn-of-citizens-united

 

Call on the President to take executive action

It is reasonable, constitutional and appropriate for the president in his duties to the American Public as the ‘Administrator-in-Chief’ to make those companies seeking federal contracts disclose their political spending.  We have a right to know how they spend money politically.  Even the Citizens United v FEC majority decision cites DISCLOSURE as the first remedy.

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The president is expected to administer the government effectively. This disclosure is one of the simplest ways, not involving a constitutional amendment or the passage of new laws, to make governance more accountable. But it does still require the president to make the call and administer his spending programs with this requirement going forward.

You may have previously signed a petition on this matter.  If so, THANK YOU.  Petitions have been delivered from several organizations to the White House over the last year and they have moved the debate closer to victory.  But now we are approaching a moment of truth.  The president is expected to decide soon.  It’s time to make a direct appeal.

Like most of the ‘Clicktivism’ campaigns we have suggested to you before, this one is really quite easy.  You call a number; you’re routed to a Comments Line at the White House.  You speak your mind free form or simply read from the script.  For the author of this blog it took about two minutes to get through and then say, “I want the president to sign an executive order demanding that federal contractors disclose their political spending.”

Common Cause explains the Action Here.  <–Click the link

Common Cause will guide you through the action and help you then spread the word for others to join our effort.  Please note that the action STARTED on June 8th, but will remain active for the remainder of this week and into next week.  But the sooner you call, the more obvious our coordinated effort will be to those in White House.  It’s easy, so why not do it now?