May 2017 Enews

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER...CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS...DM AWARD...MONEY ON MY MIND...NEW BOOKS...QUOTE OF THE MONTH...FACTS YOU CAN USE... A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER: GREAT JOB! In this year’s last ENews, I want to send thanks to all the Democracy Matters students across the country for their hard work. I am inspired by your organizing skill, your creativity, and your dedication. You have highlighted the promise of publicly funded elections, linked money in politics to other social justice movements, and shown how important voting rights are for students and all of us. By demonstrating what student activism can accomplish, you have moved us ever closer to a real democracy, with a government that is truly of, by and for the people. See you all next Fall! CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS: APRIL WEEK OF ACTION DM organizing during the ... Continue Reading

The Cost of Big Donors

More than ever, American politics is a process owned by the super-wealthy. The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) reports that small-donor contributions (individuals making political donations of $200 or less) fell by about 3.4 percent from 2012-2016. Over those same years, the amount of money provided by the top 0.01 percent of the population increased by 45 percent. That means that more than one-third of the $6.5 billion spent during the 2016 election cycle came from fewer than 25,000 people. But that is not all. At the very top of this group, just 200 people together contributed almost $1 billion. If these were stock holders in a corporation, this small group would own a controlling interest. And they do so in politics. While there is no lack of big Republican donors (Sheldon and Miriam Adelson contributed $82.4 million), the fact is that nine of the biggest fifteen donors identified by the ... Continue Reading