Welcome to our A to Z graphic guide of how money in politics affects all the other issues you care about.

As Marianne Williamson says, "Money in politics is the cancer underlying all the cancers."

Please use and share our A-Z guide widely. Ask yourself how YOUR everyday life, the lives of the people around you and the issues you care about most are affected by money in politics.

Have an issue we don't cover? Think you can do better? We encourage you to create your own graphic(s) and enter our contest by sharing them on our TUMBLR page! Stay tuned for contest details after the full alphabet has been released.

Please also watch our film, Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes, which takes a much deeper look at this issue and offers six solutions to take our democracy back. Share the film with your friends and family and then have a conversation about what you can do.  We encourage you to work with our partners on the solutions.

Monied interests have a lot to gain by controlling the political process.  And as you have seen, they are spending increasingly larger amounts every election cycle to make our government serve their interests.

BUT remember people power is greater than money power, if we stand united.  So make your voice heard.

Thank you! The Pay 2 Play Team



In 2013-14, the agribusiness industry spent $76.8 million in lobbying and $64.1 million in contributions to protect a status quo that includes billions in unneeded insurance subsidies for a very profitable industry, widespread use of potentially unhealthy pesticides and unregulated, unsustainable farming practices.  #KochVsPope

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THE LETTER A WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Center For Food Safety, Franciscan Action Network, Friends of the the Earth, Green Lifestyles Network, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

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The end of Glass-Steagall allowed banks holding the investments of everyday Americans to pursue riskier and riskier strategies in pursuit of greater returns with the guaranteed support of the government. The finance, insurance and real estate industry has spent hundreds of millions more on lobbyists and contributions than any other sector.

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Action: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/subpoena_holder/

THE LETTER B WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Alliance For Democracy, American Family VoicesCredo, Public Citizen, USPIRG

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While the Appalachians are starting to move on from the coal industry, the damage remains. Ruined landscapes where once was there was vibrant growth, trees and rivers. And those who stayed have been infected by lung cancer from the coal dust leftover.

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Action: act.credoaction.com/sign/end_mtr_ache_act

THE LETTER C WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Credo, Yes We Can Democratic Club

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President Eisenhower first warned of the military-industrial complex in 1960 and the industry remains one of the most powerful to this day, taking public funds and recycling them to politicians in the form of lobbying and contributions that guarantee a steady flow of new weapons contracts.  The industry spent $127.7 million on lobbying in 2014 alone. 

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THE LETTER D WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: American Friends Service Committee, Code Pink, Progressive Democrats of AmericaStamp Stampede, US Labor Against The War

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The cost of going to college has increased 1,000% since the 1970s so schools have to charge more to attend. Moreover, a surge in private, often online education at all levels endangers students' education, their wallets and their future earnings.

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THE LETTER E WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Courage Campaign, Demos, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, Student Debt CrisisUnkoch My Campus

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Safe water is a human right, yet Congress and the EPA lagg on creating regulations that protect our aquifers from fracking. Chemicals used in fracking, which end up in our water supply are still secret. When local citizens stand up, the industry bullies them with coordinated campaigns and appeals to state legislators to protect their bottom line.  #KochVsPope

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THE LETTER F WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Courage Campaign, Franciscan Action Network, Free Speech TV, National People's Network,

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Despite overwhelming bipartisan support to know what's in our food, governments have been slow to enact legislation to label GMOs. Whenever it's on a ballot, agribusiness pours millions into creating propaganda, drowning out opponents.

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THE LETTER G WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Center For Food Safety, GMO Free USA, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Stamp Stampede, USPIRG

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While increased healthcare coverage is better than none, the Affordable Care Act has resulted in soaring profits for insurance companies when a far simpler, fairer and cheaper option of a single-payer, Medicare-for-All style system was never even considered. 

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Action:  peaceteam.net/action/pnum1039.php

THE LETTER H WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: National Nurses United, People's Email Network, Progressive Democrats of America, Physicians for National Health Program




Members of Congress create huge tax loopholes, then publicly bemoan them when corporations and rich people actually use those loopholes. Congress has also cut the budget for the IRS to enforce tax laws, primarily benefiting those who have the most money to hide. 

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THE LETTER I WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Money Out Voters In, National People's Network, USPIRG

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Private prisons create a culture where prisoners, including children, are seen as a commodity. Private prison companies use fear tactics and propaganda to convince elected officials and the public to support their bottom line with harsher sentencing and detention quotas. 

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THE LETTER J WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: American Friends Service Committee, Ben & Jerry'sNational People's Network, Stamp Stampede, #cut50

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Food industry lobbyists repeatedly make Congress a champion of lower food standards in schools, making American kids among the most obese in the world. First Lady Michelle Obama's food standards continue to face opposition, effectively putting kids last.

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THE LETTER K WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Center For Food Safety, Food & Water Watch, Friends of the the Earth

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ALEC represents corporate interests and repeatedly pushes laws at the state level to repeal worker protections, grow corporate profits and dismantle or prevent environmental and safety standards.

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THE LETTER L WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: ALEC Exposed, MAYDAY.US, People For The American Way, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, Unkoch My Campus

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Historically, the FCC's mission prioritized ensuring diverse opinions and voices in the media. Since the 90s, Congress & FCC have continually loosened consolidation regulations and even foreign ownership rules in the face of broad public opposition.

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THE LETTER M WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Common CauseFree Speech TV, Green Lifestyles Network, Money Out Voters In, Move To Amend

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Congress fails to enact sensible gun safety laws such as background checks, despite bipartisan support from 92% of Americans, because they fear massive spending campaigns from the NRA. That fear runs so deep, they won't even fund gun violence research.  #KochVsPope

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THE LETTER N WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Franciscan Action Network, Yes We Can Democratic Club

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Oil companies with long histories of safety violations, oil spills and leaks continue to pay small fines, hire PR companies to polish their images and then go back to business as usual.

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THE LETTER O WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Center For Biological Diversity, Friends of the the Earth, Oil Change International, Yes We Can Democratic Club

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Americans pay more for pharmaceuticals than any other country in the world. At the same time, the pharmaceutical industry was the single largest defrauder of the federal government, responsible for 25% of all claims under the False Claims Act between 2000 and 2010.

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THE LETTER P WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:  National Nurses United, Public Citizen, Physicians for National Health Program

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200 corporations have spent $5.8 billion on campaign contributions and lobbying, using that influence to win themselves $4.4 trillion in federal contracts and support. Can you blame corporations for making these investments? 

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THE LETTER Q WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: American Friends Service Committee, Center For Media & Democracy, Move To Amend, Public Citizen, Unkoch My Campus

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Banks and real estate investors pushed for looser regulations while developing ever riskier strategies. They were bailed out by the government - while they evicted millions, often illegally. And now, they're bigger than ever.

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THE LETTER R WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Global Exchange/Elect Democracy



Despite emails going back to 1981 acknowledging concern over climate change, Exxon has spent over $30 million on anti-science campaigns. Similarly, individuals and lobbyists with dirty energy agendas fight regulation and blocked scientists from advising the EPA. 

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Action:  peaceteam.net/global_warming_action.php

THE LETTER S WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Ben & Jerry's, Center For Biological Diversity, Center For Media & DemocracyOil Change International, People's Email Network

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The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been negotiated in secret with corporate lobbyists at the table. On the other hand, environmental groups, unions and consumer advocates have been left out.

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Actions: http://act.credoaction.com/sign/keep_fighting_tpp

THE LETTER T WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Credo, Global Exchange/Elect DemocracyMAYDAY.USPeople's Email Network, Progressive Democrats of America




Corporate interests spend millions lobbying and backing candidates who support dismantling unions so they can control hours, cut pay and reduce benefits. 

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THE LETTER U WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: AFL-CIO, Center For Media & Democracy, Democracy For America

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Voter suppression and vote tampering have been going on since the beginning of time. Since the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision, which undid several key parts of the Voter Rights Act, we've seen a renewed vigor in voter suppression.

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THE LETTER V WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Alliance For Democracy, Ben & Jerry'sCommon Cause, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Money Out Voters In

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When budgets are tight, cities turn to private contractors to take over certain responsibilities, including water which is a basic human right. But privatization of water cost citizens more in the long run and endangers public health. 

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THE LETTER W WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: Alliance For Democracy, Courage Campaign Food & Water Watch, Free Speech TV

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427 former members of Congress are currently working as lobbyists, leveraging the connections they made while they worked for you. We like to call them the Secret Congress.

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THE LETTER X WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:   American Family Voices, Free Speech For People, Democracy For America, Rootstrikers

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Great change is possible, but takes work! Find a group or candidate you can believe in, reach out and get involved!

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THE LETTER Y WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: 99RiseFree Speech For People, Green Lifestyles Network, Move To Amend, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network,

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Big corporations and wealthy individuals spend hundreds of millions to ensure that only candidates who represent their interests make the laws unless we expose their game. They have money power, but we have people power.  

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THE LETTER Z WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: 99RiseCommon Cause, Free Speech For PeopleMAYDAY.US, Say No To Big Money,

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