Last week, in a sign that well organized people power can achieve significant change, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1107 into law, enabling the state and many local governments to establish public financing systems for elected officials. Passage of this law was never guaranteed, and would have been impossible without dozens of organizations rallying grassroots support, and a dramatic response from the public. Read More.
A week after Paul Manafort resigned as Donald Trump’s campaign manager partly over the unregistered lobbying he did on behalf of a corrupt Ukrainian leader, conservatives were hitting Secretary Hillary Clinton hard over allegations that donors to the Clinton foundation received special access to her office.
Ignored in the two furors was the much bigger role foreign money plays in election campaigns, buying the policies desired from ever-campaign-cash needy elected officials. Read More.
With the dust from the primaries settling, it’s time to assess where our presidential nominees stand in fundraising and what they’ve done to attract special interest support. Senator Hillary Clinton has been taking full advantage of the post-Citizens United world to stockpile $374 million (including $110 million through outside groups) since the beginning of the primary, warning of the onslaught she expected to face from Republicans in the general. This has ensured that she now has a massive advantage over the inexperienced Donald Trump ($90 million to campaign, $9.7 million to outside groups), who only recently started building his fundraising operation and has scared off many special interests with his rhetoric, even as he has lined his policies with special interest giveaways he hopes will attract the funding to help him catch up. Read More.
Thanks to dedicated efforts by activists across California, millions of voters from the most populous state get a chance to go on record demanding that their elected representatives join the fight to overturn Citizens United by supporting Proposition 59 in the upcoming election. A strong Yes vote would be the most dramatic signal yet to politicians and media that the public backs calls for campaign finance reform demanded most recently by Bernie Sanders and boosted by Donald’s Trump’s admission that elected officials and public policies are all available for purchase by major campaign donors like himself. Read more.
Back in 2009 when the U.S. Congress was working on the health care reform bill that became known as Obama Care, it was barely noted in the press that Max Baucus, Democratic chair of the Senate Finance Committee, was using his power to block any testimony from advocates of “Medicare for All” - or of any single-payer health care system. The reason wasn’t hard to find. Read More.
Fix Our America at this point supports all proposed Constitutional amendments that would limit or end the role of private and corporate money in political elections. Even so, our ultimate mission is to build public support for an overarching amendment that would provide a system of public financing of all election campaigns (no private money at all except a very limited amount in the signature gathering stage to get on the ballot) and a mandated full-weekend for voting, rather than the current required first Tuesday. Several amendment resolutions have been introduced in Congress since the summer of 2011.
CLICK HERE for an overview of the major resolutions introduced in or lobbied to Congress
There are essentially two ways spelled out in the Constitution for how to enact an amendment. One has never been used. Read More.
1. Fuel Prices -- The dependence by both political parties on contributions from Wall Street and the wider financial community inhibits any Washington willingness to regulate speculation in oil futures by entities that, unlike the airlines and the shipping companies, have no need for the fuel itself. Read More.
The American election and campaign finance reform movement is growing and gaining influence daily. Numerous organizations are engaged in a wide array of different approaches and tactics Read More.