WHAT CAN WE DO? LOTS!!!
We made this film 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…
YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION MATTERS!
Your vote/voice matters!
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!
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?
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.
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.
Since the devastating Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, over 650 cities and 16 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.
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.
Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry's) created this super fun way to get your voice heard – BY ACTUALLY STAMPING MONEY!
EXPLORE SOLUTIONS FROM OUR COMPENDIUM FILM:
FREE FOR ALL, which focuses on how elections get stolen.
TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS WITH PAPER BALLOTS & PUBLIC OVERSIGHT
MAKE ELECTION DAY A NATIONAL HOLIDAY
AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION! (like use this system in Canada)
BUT FOR NOW... GET OUT THE VOTE
MAKE NOISE IF YOU SEE SOMETHING WRONG
JOIN ELECTION PROTECTION
BE A POLL WORKER
REPEAL H.A.V.A. (Help America Vote Act 2002)
VIDEO SURVEILLANCE OF POLLING PLACES - VIDEO THE VOTE
HOLD BIG MEDIA ACCOUNTABLE TO COVER WHAT IS HAPPENING
PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS
FREE AIRTIME FOR ALL CAMPAIGNS
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
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
VIDEO FROM THE 28TH AMENDMENT ROADSHOW
SEATTLE ROADSHOW 5/3/14
JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR JOHN NICHOLS
WASHINGTON DC ROADSHOW 10/2/14
LOS ANGELES ROADSHOW 4/22/14
CENK UYGUR OF THE YOUNG TURKS AT THE 28TH AMENDMENT NATIONAL ROADSHOW - UCLA APRIL 26, 2014
CLOSE UP OF CENK UYGUR OF THE YOUNG TURKS AT THE 28TH AMENDMENT NATIONAL ROADSHOW - UCLA APRIL 26, 2014
Q&A WITH CENK UYGUR
JEFF CLEMENTS – FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE (keynote speech)
MONEY OUT OF POLITICS ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL - PANEL DISCUSSION WITH JEFF CLEMENTS (FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE) DANIEL LEE (MOVE TO AMEND) KATHAY FENG (CALIFORNIA COMMON CAUSE), PETER MATHEWS (AUTHOR, DOLLAR DEMOCRACY), ALISON HARTSON (WOLF-PAC.COM)
JEFF CLEMENTS – FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE ( (panel discussion)
DANIEL LEE - MOVE TO AMEND
PETER MATHEWS - DOLLAR DEMOCRACY
ALISON HARTSON - WOLF-PAC.COM
KATHAY FENG - CALIFORNIA COMMON CAUSE
TRENT LANGE – CALIFORNIA CLEAN MONEY
KATHAY FENG, CA REP. MIKE GATTO AND CA SENATOR TED LIEU
MARY BETH FIELDER - MOVI - MONEY OUT VOTERS IN
AMANDA KNIEF - THE CITIZEN LOBBYIST
SOCIAL MEDIA SHARING
LINDSAY VAN DYKE OF FREE SPEECH FOR PEOPLE SHARES HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO HELP #GETMONEYOUT
UCLA EVENT NOVEMBER 2012
28th CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
LEGAL ISSUES, REMEDIES AND STRATEGIES TO GET THE MONEY OUT OF POLITICS
UCLA School of Law 11/17/2012 9am-6pm
ATTEND OUR FIRST CONFERENCE ONLINE NOW BY WATCHING THE VIDEOS BELOW:
Lawrence Lessig: The Problem with Money and Politics
Adam Winkler: Citizen United: Battle Over the Constitutional Rights of Corporations
Jessica Levinson: History of Campaign Finance Law
Consequences of Amending the US Constitution: What Happens to the Rights of Corporations, Non-profits and People in Associations
Moderator: Lisa Graves – Center for Media and Democracy; Elizabeth Pollman – Loyola Law School; Barbara Rohmberg – San Francisco Attorney; Lynn Stout – Cornell Law School; Greg Colvin - San Francisco Attorney; Ciara Torres-Spelliscy – Stetson Law School
Understanding the Principals and Rationale Behind Different Approaches to Amending the Constitution
Moderator – Miles Mogulescu; Jeff Clements – Author Corporations Are Not People; Derek Cressman – Common Cause; Garrett Epps – The American Prospect
Legislative v. Constitutional Remedies: The Potential and Limits of Legislative Solutions
Moderator: Cenk Uygur – Wolf PAC; Trevor Potter – Campaign Legal Center; Lawrence Lessig – Harvard Law School; Trent Lange – CA Clean Money Campaign
A 28 Amendment Conference: Closing Remarks and A Call To Action
Panelists: Lisa Graves - Center for Media and Democracy, Marge Baker - People For American Way, Mary-Beth Fielder - Money Out / Voters In