Google+ FREE THE ELECTED - PART 2 - Coffee Party USA


Follow-The-Money.pngLast 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?

post your senator’s response in the comments below.
Ask them to allow the bill to move out of committee for a vote and post any response you get in the comments below.Here is a listing of the Senate Finance Committee Members from the 113th Congress.  Note it is the members in individual pictures below, not the group picture above.  

And what actions would you add to this list? Let us know by calling in today or commenting here.’s all about what you can do on

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Last week, we started fundraising offering free 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

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commented 2013-06-29 14:54:28 -0400 · Flag
Have the Congressional Research Office establish an online polling database for all candidates and issues. Everyone gets to vote, only votes by registered voters count in their local elections. Provide online voting security by comparing results with in-person voting results protected by simple air-gap technology:

Establish an anonymous avatar national id card for voting, credit cards, driver’s licenses, medical history, etc.
commented 2013-06-29 14:43:16 -0400 · Flag
Make gerrymandering illegal. Sue for a finding that gerrymandering is fundamentally non-representative and therefore unconstitutional. Impose nationwide redistricting on the basis of a non-partisan mathematical model based on areas of equal population distribution. “States rights” is another Republican code word. It ostensibly refers to local control based on local preferences, but in fact is intended to invoke nostalgia for state-sponsored racism, promotion of local corruption, and violation of the principle of separation of church and state.
commented 2013-06-29 14:36:45 -0400 · Flag
Political experience should lead to statesmanship, but instead generally leads to more adept corruption. Replace career politicians with Mr. Smiths via a Constitutional amendment prohibiting consecutive terms.

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.
commented 2013-05-31 09:29:58 -0400 · Flag
I needed to see Part 2 before participating in Part 1. Now I have done both. Great campaign. Thank you.
commented 2013-05-30 15:09:09 -0400 · Flag
Mark McKinnon stated at the Coffee Party Convention in 2010 that members of Congress spend 70-90% of their time raising money. We would like them to spend their time representing us…doing the job they are elected to do. How can we “free them” to do so?

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