by Alice Woldt
WAmend volunteers have gathered over 150,000 signatures on Initiative 735 petitions and expect to have the required number of signatures by the deadline at the end of the year. So far, almost 700 volunteers have turned in “Get Big Money Out of Elections” petitions. But a bump in volunteers and signatures is needed in October. Will you help create an October Surprise? Your name will be entered in a drawing for prizes for each petition you turn in. Create an October Surprise for WAmend by bumping up the signatures. You could just win an October Surprise for yourself.
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Who’s Funding the Current Presidential Candidates?
by Charles Green
Here is a summary of the money behind the leading Democratic and Republican presidential candidates:
Jeb Bush (R)
Ben Carson (R)
Hillary Clinton (D)… Read More
The Political “Earth” is Moving Under Our Feet
by Ken Dammand
“I Feel the Earth Move Under my Feet,” sang Carole King in 1971. And certainly the earth was moving then. And now. Over the past 4 years the obvious conclusion that money has severely corrupted our political process has increasingly permeated the American consciousness to the point that it has become an inescapable political issue. Further, the underlying resistance to correcting the problem is weakening.
We Need Real Presidential Debates
by Ken Dammand
Our democracy has been hollowed out through the use of gerrymandering, highly sculpted misleading TV commercials, and highly partisan media masquerading as objective news. In their way, each of these is a fraud perpetrated upon the American people, enabling the aggregation of political power wrapped in the trappings of democracy. But perhaps the most ingenious of such deceptions are the Presidential debates. www.fairdebates.com has a detailed history of the Presidential debates problem and numerous specific actions you can take to help correct it.
Honest Elections Seattle
by Alice Woldt
Big corporate interests, developers and lobbyists in Seattle have a stronger voice in local government than ordinary people. It’s time to give a voice to all our citizens. Honest Elections Seattle will put the people back in charge of our city’s public policy and elections. If you are a Seattle voter, vote yes on I-122 on the ballot you’ll be receiving in a couple of weeks. I-122 limits big money interests from influencing elections and restores public financing of city council and mayoral campaigns in Seattle. Fix Democracy First is a stakeholder on the Honest Elections Seattle campaign. Learn more and join us as an endorser HERE.
A review of the book Code Red: Computerized Election Theft…
by Phil Harrison
Jonathan Simon has written a deeply disturbing book, CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century, whose main premise is that American democracy has been subverted through systematic election theft carried out through manipulation of vote counts by computers whose inner workings are unobservable trade secrets of right-wing corporations. Furthermore, academics who have been able to study these voting systems find that they are insecure and easily manipulated…. Read More