Response to Annelies: I like your idea: Re: [atheists-36] TAKE BACK! our elections from the CORPORATE BUYERS: Strike a blow against Citizens United.

From: Norma Jeane Y.
Sent on: Thursday, July 12, 2012 6:28 PM
Annelies, I LIKE your idea!  Instead of public financing, which involves acts of Congress & predictable haggling over taxes TO finance it; it puts it back in the private sector--which is where it is now--only UNevenly with the rich having the advantage.  Your suggestion takes the best of both worlds in that "the people" are financing the election, but not through public taxes. 
 
It "evens the playing field" by taking money out of the equation by dividing it equally -- so stops the waste of competitive time & energy with all the fundraising activities going on now.  Everybody could donate & then divide it.  Like "one person--one vote" -- it would be "ONE POT" -- One Election -- Both parties Equally Funded!  Allows candidates -- AND the public to focus on the Issues themselves rather than exhaustive fund-raising!
 
(Yes, there would still be the danger of "under-the-table" funding that would be illegal -- but at least it's not the "Bonanza Free for All" sanctioned by the Supreme Court -- with the Rich having unfair advantage.)
 
Why don't you start a Petition through MoveOn.org. -- or at least communicate your idea directly to them!
 
"Carry On!"
 
--Norma
xoxo Back to you:) happy&gt;:D< big hug
 

From: Annelies Joss <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Thursday, July 12,[masked]:07 PM
Subject: Re: [atheists-36] TAKE BACK! our elections from the CORPORATE BUYERS: Strike a blow against Citizens United.
 
Norma, I agree, but another option would be to put all the money "donated" for elections in one big pot and split evenly between the parties running during the election. I've been saying this for years now. I think t's the only way the elections can be fair. 
xoxo
Annelies
On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 2:56 PM, Norma Jeane Young <[address removed]> wrote:

Let's Stop the SOURCE of the Money flow into Right-Wing candidates--let's DEAL WITH the outrageous Supreme Court ruling that allowed a "hands-off policy" on politicans BUYING elections.  Let's get to the Source of the problem!
 
(Quoting from below:)
"To be clear, what we really need is to get all corporate money out of politics, to roll back Citizens United, end corporate personhood and institute public financing of elections. And we are working hard toward those long term goals.
But we must move the ball forward in the interim."
 
--Norma
 
 
 
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From: "Matt Lockshin, CREDO Action" <[address removed]>
To: Norma J. Young <[address removed]>
Sent: Thursday, July 12,[masked]:35 AM
Subject: Strike a blow against Citizens United.
CREDO Action | more than a network, a movement.
Dear Norma,
The U.S. Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United v. FEC ruling has unleashed a torrent of anonymous campaign spending into our political system.
Progressive champion Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is fighting back by pushing Congress to pass the DISCLOSE Act, which is coming up for a vote.
But he needs your help.
As Sen. Whitehouse has said, "We need a groundswell of support to show Congress that the American people want an end to the secret election spending that is threatening our democracy."
Become a citizen co-sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 to end secret election spending, and Sen. Whitehouse will bring your signature to the Senate floor when he fights to pass this bill.
To be clear, what we really need is to get all corporate money out of politics, to roll back Citizens United, end corporate personhood and institute public financing of elections. And we are working hard toward those long term goals.
But we must move the ball forward in the interim.
The Supreme Court is highly unlikely to undo Citizens United anytime soon. Indeed, the Supreme Court recently doubled-down on Citizens United by overturning Montana's 100-year-old ban on corporate spending of elections. And passing a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, while one of our highest priorities, will take years to achieve.
In the meantime, the DISCLOSE Act would force most groups spending money on elections to reveal the corporations, individuals and entities who fund them.
As the Washington trade publication The Hill explains:
The new version of the Disclose Act would require any group that spends $10,000 or more on election ads, or any other political activity, to file a disclosure report with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) within 24 hours. Groups would also have to file a new report for each additional $10,000 spent, disclose donors who gave $10,000 or more and provide a statement from the group's head ratifying that there was no coordination with any campaign, which is illegal.1
While it won't end unlimited corporate election spending, the DISCLOSE Act at least brings this spending out of the shadows — where we can expose it, and fight back.
The DISCLOSE Act is the first step to restoring the voice of everyday citizens in our elections, and restoring a small measure of sanity to a system of campaign finance that has become completely insane.
And even taking this first step will require a massive outcry by the American public to make sure Congress does not sweep this issue under the rug.
Become a citizen co-sponsor of the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 to end secret election spending. Click the link below to automatically add your name, and Sen. Whitehouse will bring your signature to the Senate floor when he fights to pass this bill:
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager CREDO Action from Working Assets
1. Senate Dems push 'Disclose Act 2.0', The Hill, March 21, 2012
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