October 2016 Enews

CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT...IDEA OF THE MONTH...MONEY ON MY MIND...QUOTE OF THE MONTH...FIGHTING BIG MONEY...LOBBYISTS, MONEY & LEGISLATION...FACTS YOU CAN USE... CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT Democracy Matters students at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania have started off the year flying! They’ve organized voter registration drives, successfully targeting first year students, many of whom have joined DM. They are co-hosting Presidential Debate parties with their Political Science department. And at a Common Cause conference on millennials, Gettysburg DMers presented their plans to get students out to vote. There's more....With “social media storms,” the chapter is asking their Congressional representatives to support the movement to get big money out of politics. And in the week before the November election, they are staging outdoor improv theater events - "Auctioning off the White House" to the highest corporate bidder! Go Gettysburg DM! More ... Continue Reading

Student Debt

Wealthy people gain political influence by making large campaign contributions. The opposite is also true. Those who do not fund office-seekers can expect to be disregarded at decision-making time. This political precept is particularly applicable when it comes to young people and students. Survey data do not exist to indicate how much money young people contribute to political campaigns. But we do know that far fewer of them make contributions of any size than is the case for older people. In 2012 (the last year for which data are available) 7 percent of people 21 years or younger donated to political campaigns. That percentage for people older than 21 was more than double – 15 percent. With that the case, it is not surprising that issues of importance to those under 21 will be neglected. Because students do not provide campaign funds, support by state and local governments for something very important to ... Continue Reading