May 2015 Enews

THANK YOU...CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT...FAIR ELECTIONS NOW...MONEY ON MY MIND...QUOTES OF THE MONTH...STUDENT APATHY?...FACTS YOU CAN USE...CONGRATULATIONS! THANK YOU In this year’s last ENews, I want to send thanks to all the Democracy Matters students across the country for their hard work. I am humbled by your organizing skill, your creativity, and your dedication. By highlighting the promise of publicly funded elections, linking money in politics to other social justice movements, and demonstrating what student activism can accomplish, you have moved us ever closer to a real democracy, with a government that is truly of, by and for the people. See you next Fall!   CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT Like many DM chapters, Democracy Matters at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC uses the school’s newspaper to reach out to their campus. Last month, a long article entitled Democracy ... Read More

Hillary’s “Fix”

What significance should be attached to Hillary Clinton’s recent statement that we should “fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if it takes a constitutional amendment?” It is easy enough to dismiss her solution by pointing to its limitations. First, it addresses only those expenditures that are formally independent of campaigns, and even there she objects only to “dark money” - those expenditures whose sources are not revealed. She does not even mention that the millions in contributions that go directly to campaigns are provided by a tiny elite. Further, Clinton’s statement is totally devoid of specifics concerning the constitutional amendment that she implies might be required. Indeed the question that has to be asked is why she even mentions a constitutional amendment at all. If what she seeks is disclosure of “dark money,” all that is needed is for ... Read More