Money in Politics
WHAT CAN WE DO? LOTS!!!
We made PAY 2 PLAY to educate and entertain, but it’s also a CALL TO ACTION. Here's how you can join the movement. Click through the solutions below to learn and do more…
1. VOTER TURNOUT
So many people don't vote because they don’t think it makes a difference. It does! Every vote counts (remember the hanging chads?). Many registered voters are unable to cast their ballots because of voter suppression efforts, but there are ways to change this... Find out how other countries get 90% turnout for their elections!
2. PUBLIC FINANCING
Did you know twenty-five states have programs that provide public funds for election campaigns?
Public financing of campaigns encourages candidates to be:
- Accountable to all voters in a district instead of focusing on wealthy areas and individuals
- Involved with constituents because almost all their time can be spent on their work – not on fundraising
WE need to know who’s making the donations that are currently putting candidates in office. This will enable us to make informed choices about who the candidates are and who they’re accountable to. Will they listen to you, the voter, or to corporate lobbyists?
4. END GERRYMANDERING
Many states have non-partisan redistricting, but this isn’t the case in all 50 states. In seven states where Republicans redrew the lines, 16.7 million votes were cast for Republicans and 16.4 million for Democrats. This elected 73 Republicans and 34 Democrats. This outcome didn’t match public opinion. The will of the people is clearly not being heard in these states.
5. FREE AIRTIME
Most of the money spent in political campaigns is spent on campaign ads. The candidates with the most money have the loudest voices, drowning out ordinary people running for office. In other countries, negative ads aren't even allowed. Politicians are given free and equal airtime so that you can learn about what they stand for in a level and fair manner.
6. CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
Since the devastating Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, over 700 cities and 17 states have passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment. Even Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has written a book called The Six Amendments, with two amendments that are aligned with our solutions.
7. ANTI-CORRUPTION ACT
Represent US offers a plan for action with their Anti-Corruption Act. On Nov. 4th, 2014, voters in Tallahassee, Florida, made history by approving the first city Anti-Corruption Act in the US by an overwhelming 2 – 1 margin. Pledge your support to fix corruption in your city today.
8. STAMP STAMPEDE
Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry's) created this super fun way to get your voice heard – BY ACTUALLY STAMPING MONEY!
Slideshow: The A to Z of Money in Politics
BOOKS WE RECOMMEND
The Citizen Lobbyist By Amanda Knief
Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do And What You Can Do About It By Jeffrey D. Clements
Corporate Citizen: An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State by Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
Dollarocracy - How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America By John Nichols & Robert W. McChesney
Dollar Democracy: With Liberty and Justice for Some; How to Reclaim the American Dream for All By Peter Mathews
Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It By Lawrence Lessig
Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change The Constitution By John Paul Stevens