Take the Money and Run for Office - This American Life

This is a great piece by this American Life, Take the Money and Run for Office disecting the non-stop money wheel in D.C.

Senate Dems: More sunshine on big campaign bucks

By Scott Wong
 
Call it DISCLOSE Act 2.0.

After coming one vote shy of passing the campaign finance reform bill in 2010, Democratic senators are giving it another shot. They rolled out a simpler version of the legislation Wednesday that aims to shed more light on who's giving big bucks to super PACs to influence elections.

GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and the political action committee backing him have outspent the three other candidates combined, according to news reports.

Stand up for truth in political advertising

A great article from the Charlotte Observer about how to hold Super PACs accountable for their wacko ads

--Besides being incredibly insensitive, the ad against state Rep. Hugh Holliman in his last election was a flat-out lie.

Pelosi on Colbert Report to discuss the role of money in politics

Leader Pelosi was on Colbert last night: "I think that if want to cancel elections and have the wealthiest people of America...give millions, tens of millions of dollars, we can just ask them who do they want to be president, who do they want to be in Congress, who do they want for governor." She was on Maddow too, talking about the need for reform. 

Take Control and Vote - PSA by the League of Women Voters

This PSA was developed for the LWV by Discovery Communications as part of Creating Change program.

Why Corporate Personhood is Bad for Business

By: Dr. Sally Goerner, Director
The Integral Science Institute

cross posted from Progressive Pulse

Small Biz Opposes CU Decision

A trio of small business federations today released a survey showing that two thirds of small business owners across the nation believe the Citizens United decision gives big corporations an unfair advantage over them. The Supreme Court decision from January 2010 allows businesses to spend unlimited amounts from their treasury to tell people how to vote.

How to Buy and Election

The first issue of 2012 from Mother Jones has a series of articles dissecting the secretive, seductive direct money that is crippling our entire society. It includes a roadmap for “How to Buy An Elections” and one story (“Occupied Washington”) you can readily access, but the other juicy material requires you to sign in. Worth the connection.

By: Bob Hall, Democracy NC

Come Celebrate and Support Clean Elections!

Come have a drink and support Clean Elections! 

What: A “fun” fundraiser for NC Voters for Clean Elections

When: Thursday, December 8th from 5-8pm

Where: Joel’s Lane Tavern, 410 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC

Why?  Big Money tried to wipe NC’s clean elections laws off the books, but we stopped them and that’s a good reason to celebrate! 

* 10% of bar proceeds go directly to help stop Big Money from taking over your democracy! 

2011 NC Voters for Clean Elections Annual Meeting December 9th

All members are welcomed to attend our 2011 Annual Meeting, December 9th from 10am to 1pm at the NC Association of Educators building in Raleigh.