January 2016 Enews

MESSAGE FROM ADONAL...QUOTE OF THE MONTH...IDEA OF THE MONTH...MONEY ON MY MIND...SAVE THE DATES...FACTS YOU CAN USE... MESSAGE FROM ADONAL Welcome back and Happy New Year! 2016 is an exciting and critical election year for our money in politics movement. As never before, the disastrous power of mega-donors in our democracy is clear. Democracy Matters students everywhere are elevating the issue in caucuses and primaries, registering students to vote, and ensuring they get to the polls. I am so proud that their hard work is continuing to build a strong voting block of student “money in politics” voters.     QUOTE OF THE MONTH "Democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn’t matter, that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some special interest. We have to ... Continue Reading

Will the President Support Us?

In his State of the Union address, President Obama was as clear as he could be: “We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics, so that a handful of families and hidden interests can’t bankroll our elections – and if our existing approach to campaign finance can’t pass muster in the courts, we need to work together to find a real solution.” There is a temptation to dismiss Obama’s call for reform. He has expressed similar views in the past, but most of the time his actions have not matched his rhetoric. It is true that, as an Illinois State Senator and in the United States Senate, he did support campaign finance reform. But as President his record is negative. He was the first presidential candidate fully to opt out of the presidential public funding system. Even more importantly, since assuming office he has not spent any of ... Continue Reading