Last week, Democratic leaders—including New York Senator Charles Schumer—announced the Democratic plan to stop the flood of corporate money into politics.1
Unfortunately, the Democratic plan is small potatoes—especially compared to the threat posed by the Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns.
The good news is that the plan isn't final, so we can definitely still have an impact, if enough of us speak out.
Can you drop by Sen. Charles Schumer's office tomorrow or Thursday and deliver a bag of small potatoes to let him know that this proposal isn't enough? All you need to do is grab your potatoes (really, any size potatoes will do) and print a flyer to bring with you. We'll provide a flyer you can bring with you. Click here if you can do it:
The Democratic plan, proposed by Representative Chris Van Hollen and Sen. Schumer, currently includes these main provisions2:
- Public disclosure: The proposal includes a number of provisions intended to make sure the public knows which corporations are funding the ads we see on TV during the election.
- Foreign corporations: The plan would bar most political spending by foreign-owned corporations.
- Government contractors: The proposal would stop government contractors from spending on political campaigns.
Under the bipartisan Fair Elections Now Act, a fund would be created from a small fee on big government contractors and media corporations. Then, candidates who only take contributions below $100 will get those small donations matched four times over from the Fair Elections fund.3
The Fair Elections Now Act is modeled on successful citizen-funded elections in states like Maine and Connecticut, and a new poll shows it's a winner with voters across the political spectrum.4
To save our democracy, we need citizen-funded elections, not small potatoes like the Van Hollen-Schumer plan.
You can help by delivering a bag of small potatoes to Sen. Schumer's office tomorrow or Thursday with a flyer urging Congress to pass the Fair Elections Now Act? It's urgent, so it needs to happen right away. Click here if you can do it:
Thanks for all you do.
–Steven, Anna, Ilya, Wes, and the rest of the team
1. "Lawmakers Want to Reinstate Barriers on Campaign Spending by Corporations, Others," The New York Times, February 11, 2010
2. "Breaking: Congress's response to Citizens United," Fix Congress First, February 11, 2010
3. "Fair Elections Now Act Bill Summary," Public Campaign, accessed February 16, 2010
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