Last week we announced FREE THE ELECTED, a new focus for Coffee Party USA for the next 18 months that will encompass many projects and campaigns.
TODAY WE ARE ANNOUNCING OUR FIRST PROJECT: Follow the Money Act of 2013 - get it out of the Senate Finance Committee, on to the Senate floor, and passed into law!
What is the Follow the Money Act? “A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require the disclosure of contributions and expenditures for independent Federal election-related activity, and for other purposes.”
Senator Wyden points to the need of the American people needing to know who is financing campaigns without having to be a detective and the responsibility of our campaign system to make it easy for people to know. Here is the official press release.
The League of Women Voters has led the charge of good government groups supporting the Follow the Money Act of 2013 in a joint letter to the Senate.
Business groups came out in force two weeks later, urging lawmakers to oppose or kill “Follow the Money Act of 2013.” The 170 groups, led by the US Chamber of Commerce said the condition for real-time reporting would be burdensome and create “significant barriers to a group’s ability to communicate with the public.”
Coffee Party USA knows that YOU have a stake and voice in this matter too.
What can you do?
And what actions would you add to this list? Let us know by calling in today or commenting here.
Today...it’s all about what you can do on
Last week, we started fundraising offering free Restaurant.com Gift Certificates equal to the amount you donated to fund FREE THE ELECTED. Many of you have asked, what are you doing with the money? The 535 Campaign, which envisions in-district voters in contact with every elected representative in the House and Senate needs up to $50,000 for online infrastructure. We are excited, but we are not waiting. We will work and recruit volunteers as we build. Thank you to everyone who is already participating.
Coffee Party ON!
Jeanene and Debilyn
Establish an anonymous avatar national id card for voting, credit cards, driver’s licenses, medical history, etc. http://gosto.org/Avatar.htm
Representatives need to do the people’s work, not base every decision on getting corporate money to bamboozle the voters and get re-elected. If the people see good results from their work, they can always run again after a one term hiatus, during which they would have the opportunity to stay in touch with the actual needs and wishes of their constituents.
No anonymous contributions over $100. No corporate contributions.