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Signs of Life :: Elections/Campaign Finance Pledge

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Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day: Residents of Kogelo, Kenya, the village of Obama’s father’s family, watch on television as Obama becomes the U.S. president. Photo courtesy www.zoriah.com
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Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day: Residents of Kogelo, Kenya, the village of Obama’s father’s family, watch on television as Obama becomes the U.S. president.

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Read more about campaign finance reform and other initiatives putting citizens in charge of democracy.

More than 1,500 voters have pledged “not to donate to any federal candidate unless they support legislation making congressional elections citizen-funded, not special-interest funded.”

The “donor strike” is sponsored by Change Congress, a campaign finance reform group that advocates banning lobbyist contributions and financing campaigns solely through a combination of public funds and small-dollar donations—a proposal polls show is supported by 69 percent of Americans.

Legislators who refuse to back the proposal will be reminded of what they’re missing. Pledgers report their zip codes and recent campaign contributions, and the website (www.change-congress.org) tracks how much funding their representatives stand to lose from the strike—over $400,000 and growing daily.

—Brooke Jarvis

 


 

Vice President Joe Biden

“They’re thinking the same old thing that got us here, greed. They’re thinking, ‘Take care of me.’ ”

Vice President Joe Biden
AFTER HEARING WALL STREET EXECUTIVES RECEIVED 18.4 BILLION IN BONUSES FOR 2008. THE AVERAGE WALL STREET BONUS OF $112,000 WAS ABOUT TWICE THE AVERAGE AMERICAN’S INCOME.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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