Dear MoveOn member,
Citizens United—that devastating Supreme Court decision that allowed more than $600 million to be spent by Super PACs in the 2012 elections alone—turns four next Tuesday.1
We've got a great opportunity this year to build the movement against money in politics—and we want to kick it off with you next week in a virtual teach-in with allies from across the movement. We'll be joined by a member of Congress who'll fill you in on a new public financing bill—before it's even introduced. And you'll have a front-row seat, because you're what's fueling the movement to get corporate money out of our democracy.
Can you join our virtual teach-in to hear from some of the leading voices protecting our democracy from the corrupting influence of money next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET?
In a live broadcast you can watch at MoveOn.org—with nothing to download or install—we'll watch leaders from the Sierra Club, NAACP, and Communications Workers of America discuss some immediate ways grassroots activists can have an impact on cleaning up our democracy. And we'll give MoveOn members a chance to join the conversation by posing questions for the panelists on Twitter.
2014 could be another big year in money in politics—both for better and for worse:
- Last year wrapped with 16 states having passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United—and with radical efforts like the New Hampshire Rebellion and leaders like Senator Al Franken taking up the issue, this year could move us even closer to a binding amendment.2
- The House Democratic caucus is expected to rally behind a landmark public financing bill being introduced next month—the one you'll get a sneak peak of—and we'll need to get shaky Democrats and reasonable Republicans alike to sign on.
- But in bad news, the Supreme Court may strike down even more limits on political contributions in the McCutcheon case—and we have to be ready to sound off about another injustice of this conservative court's judicial activism.
The project to take back our democracy from special interests—and our own Supreme Court—won't be easy, but we can make real strides in 2014.
The anniversary of Citizens United is a perfect time to take stock of where we are, dig in on what it'll take to get us closer to our goal, and get to work again to get money out of politics.
Thanks for all you do.–Mark, Manny, Linda, Kyle, and the rest of the team
1. "2012 Outside Spending, by Super PAC," OpenSecrets.org, accessed on January 13, 2014
2. "8 Ways to Help Overturn Citizens United," The Huffington Post, January 13, 2014
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