December 2014 Enews

DM NATIONAL STUDENT SUMMIT...CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS...MARCHING FOR CHANGE...DM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HONORED...MONEY ON MY MIND...QUOTES OF THE MONTH...FACTS YOU CAN USE 14th ANNUAL DEMOCRACY MATTERS SUMMIT This year's fabulous DM National Student Summit will be February 6th, 7th, and 8th in Albany, NY.  Democracy Matters students from across the country will meet to share successes, organizing ideas, and strategic plans. Law Professor and New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout will be this year's keynote speaker. Join us to meet experts in the field, network with other organizers, DM alumns and staff, and participate in hands-on workshops on campus organizing, money in politics, using the media, holding great events, and much more. Register now! CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS Democracy Matters at the University of Minnesota/Twin Cities is doing great organizing and outreach. Campus leader Anna Breen and her chapter screened Pay ... Read More

Mayday II

Last month I expressed skepticism concerning Mayday Pac USA’s strategy to advance the cause of campaign finance reform. In the aftermath of the election, Lawrence Lessig, who along with Mark McKinnon is the prime mover behind Mayday, assessed the results of its work on its website. Mayday supported candidates in two primary elections and six Congressional races including two for Senate seats and four for the House of Representatives. Dismissing the facts that Mayday-backed candidates were victorious in only two (largely uncontested) races, and that the one incumbent supported by Mayday lost, Lessig is upbeat. He writes, “Did we show politicians electoral consequences for opposing or supporting reform? Absolutely.” He goes on, “Did we show that the issue of money in politics can move voters? Yes.” It is on the basis of these favorable judgments that Lessig looks forward to the 2016 election with the goal of “elect[ing] a Congress ... Read More