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!

1. VOTER TURNOUT

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!

Register to vote right here.

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

3. FULL DISCLOSURE

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(S)

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.

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7. THE AMERICAN 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 MONEY OUT OF POLITICS

Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry's) created this super fun way to get your voice heard – BY ACTUALLY STAMPING MONEY!

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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)

 

JESSICA LEVINSON

 

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

 

KAI NEWKIRK - 99 RISE

 

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

 


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  • commented 2015-03-05 15:09:18 -0800
    You were right Holly. I like these proposals quite a bit. I believe many of them should be in the Constitution or state constitutions as the case may be. I will try to spread this info around too. Great film you folks did too, very grateful.
  • commented 2014-11-10 17:12:16 -0800
    Hi Don,
    We actually made the film to not preach to the choir, but to reach across the aisle and across generations and educate people who are not aware of how big of a problem money in politics has become. That is why we bring the audience in with humor and something most Americans can relate to: monopoly. We are trying to get the film to play at universities across the country and in high schools to get young people engaged. By using other things they relate to, like street art, younger audiences are finding the film both fun and engaging and it is fast paced enough for young audiences that they are not tuning out. I’ve had students who have seen it in classrooms reach out to be a part of the solution and volunteer with us.

    We do plan on making shorter versions available that takes out some of this stuff and we’ll let you know when those are ready.

    I’m hoping that people who want to watch the film appreciate that this film took 8 years to make and cost us a lot of time and money. It would be great if they support our efforts by paying for the film. It is the corporate system that is funded by advertising that got people used to the idea of media being free, but of course we also need to pay our bills. We don’t have advertisers supporting our film with messaging in the middle.
    Thank you,
    Holly Mosher
    Producer
    Pay 2 Play
  • commented 2014-11-09 04:01:50 -0800
    1. 2 Film versions needed.
    I think P2P will be an effective vehicle when trying to educate the uninformed. While I found the movie very entertaining, I came for solutions not pleasure. While I did learn new additional details, the movie took up too much time trying to educate me on issues I on which I am already aware and convinced. And, for this purpose it was way tooooo long and filled with irrelevance; very touchy-feely, but it FAILED to get to the point. I would speculate that all of the audience was also already informed.
    The movie needs to be severely edited for the members-of-the-choir with the major part of the time emphasizing solutions. I’m afraid I came frustrated and left even more so. An edited version would also allow enough time for questions afterward.
    2. Free DVDs
    Give DVD’s away, encourage coping, and then ask for money and support. Can you imagine if everyone copied and gave 5 away how many people that would reach? I would be very willing to give time (1st choice) and money directly, but few will pay to be educated on a topic they do not know they need. If a person is already aware of the problem, why buy one? Who is your market and what is your goal?
    If the goal is to get the message out to the maximum number of people, setting up barriers to entry is counterproductive. One has to go to Vimeo, log-in, give an email address, do whatever else Vimeo requires, and pay for the privilege of viewing your DVD. I’m not going to do this and this is not going to happen with most people.
    If you make people mad enough you will make more than just trying to breaking even. I’ll donate some of my SS income to mass produce them and volunteer to had them out on the street, but I’ll never run the gauntlet you currently require for one; I’d bet most will also not do so.
    Once copies get into enough hands, it will become available for torrent download and be pirated anyway and you lose the opportunity to ask for support for those copies. I never pay for anything and can get almost everything I want. Anyone who knows about torrent files will do the same thing and could care less. Students and others on a budget, who could otherwise become volunteers in the cause and potential voters, already have pressing needs. Test my theory by showing the movie, hand everyone a free DVD, inform the audience what it cost to produce, put out a voluntary donation box and see what happens. Again, this does not take into account the geometric distribution to follow.
  • commented 2014-11-04 11:54:17 -0800
    Supporting solutions #1, #2, #3, and #5 are already incorporated into The Fair Elections Fund, a Whole New Ball Game, www.thefairelectionsfund.com. The Supreme Court endorsed Disclosure in its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions. A Constitutional Amendment won’t fund campaigns. We also need to know the sources of the funds being matched in other public funding programs. The first imperative is to include full Disclosure in new legislation that funds campaigns for candidates that represent most voters. Is a republic worth $7.00 a year to you? @thefairelection
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