December 2017 Enews

DM SUMMIT REGISTRATION...CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT...ELECTION 2017...QUOTE & IDEA OF THE MONTH...MONEY ON MY MIND...THE TAX SCAM...FACTS YOU CAN USE... THE DEMOCRACY MATTERS SUMMIT Register today to be part of the Democracy Matters National Student Summit, February 10th and 11th. Join DM activists, staff, alumns and others for two days of sharing best practices, workshops, networking, lectures, and updates on voting rights, money in politics, and more. Register now. CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT North Carolina State University’s new DM chapter is leading the way with their activism. A successful lobbying workshop, led by DM’s Anita Kinney, has prepared them for their meetings with elected officials. And their successful “Numbers Campaign” posted numbers representing money in politics around campus for three weeks, followed by several days of tabling with information about its negative impact. They’ve also done unique advertising - tagging ... Continue Reading

The Strategy Behind the Conservative Tax Bill

It is not often that we can see the raw power of wealth in action. But that power was vividly on display in the weeks preceding the December passage of the tax “reform” bill. Under the headline, “The Republican Tax Bill is Unpopular With Voters. But Here’s Who Loves it,” Fortune magazine cites Doug Deason, a major Republican donor, who said that he would withhold his checkbook from incumbent Republican Senators unless they passed the tax bill. In the same article, Representative Chris Collin (R-NY) is quoted to the same effect: “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call again.’” And a tweet by Lindsey Graham (R-SC) counseled that Republicans who failed to support the tax bill would find not only that their “financial contributions will stop,” but that the money would go to finance primary challengers. (1) Obviously these threats were taken seriously. Congress delivered tax ... Continue Reading