November 2014 Enews

CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT...JUST FOR FUN...MONEY ON MY MIND...VICTORY IN MARYLAND COUNTY...QUOTE OF THE MONTH...IDEA OF THE MONTH...FACTS YOU CAN USE CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT: University of New Hampshire In October, DM's UNH chapter was busy planning and publicizing a campus visit by Senator Bernie Sanders. Sanders spoke to a crowd of over 250 students and community members at the Democracy Matters organized event. Speaking passionately about the destructive influence of big private money on the political system, he emphasized how important student activism is in the fight to take back our democracy from wealthy campaign donors. At the event, Senator Sanders became the first U.S. Senator to sign Democracy Matters’ "Democracy Pledge." The pledge, also signed by 187 audience members, states: "I support restoring Democracy by publicly financing elections and taking big money out of politics." ... Read More


Mayday

The Mayday PAC is a political action committee that “aims to elect a Congress committed to fundamental reform in the way political campaigns are funded by 2016.” 1. The founders of the PAC, Lawrence Lessig and Mark McKinnon, view their efforts in the 2014 election as a pilot project to determine whether their strategy can succeed. By October 22 of this year, the PAC had spent $5.4 million in support of eleven candidates. More than half of these funds were spent on two races. The PAC spent $1.5 million backing Jim Rubins, a Republican who was defeated in New Hampshire’s primary election. It has spent almost the same amount in opposing Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican who in the general election is running against Paul Colin Clements. 2. Complete data on how the Mayday PAC supports or opposes candidates are not available. But the Center for Responsive Politics has gathered information ... Read More