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Activists Hold Norfolk “Democracy is For All” Rally

Activists from National and Local Organizations Will Urge Senator Warner to Back Constitutional Amendment Curbing Money in Politics – Vote Is Sept. 8

 
PRLog - Aug. 29, 2014 - NORFOLK, Va. -- Activists representing nationwide and local organizations, including Public Citizen, MoveOn.org, Political Action, People For the American Way, CREDO Action, Common Cause, Justice and Beyond and Advocates for Environmental Human Rights will deliver 33,000 petitions from Virginia’s residents to U.S. Senator Mark Warner in his Norfolk district office on Sept. 3rd  asking him to back a constitutional amendment to curb the flood of money in politics.

Fifty U.S. senators support the Democracy For All constitutional amendment (S.J. Res 19), which would establish that Congress and the states have the power to regulate and limit election spending. However, Senator Warner has yet to add his name to the list. Activists will urge Sen. Warner to become the 51st cosponsor and to support the amendment on September 8 when the Senate considers it.

The amendment is in response to the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) and McCutcheon v. FEC. In Citizens United, the court gave corporations the green light to spend unlimited sums to influence elections. As a result, spending by outside groups – those not affiliated with campaigns – skyrocketed. In McCutcheon, the court struck down the aggregate campaign spending limits, allowing the super-wealthy to contribute millions of dollars directly to candidates, political parties and joint fundraising committees.

"We trust that our Democratic Senator Mark Warner will be joining with 50 other Senators and support the Democracy for All Amendment (SJ Res 19) and not be on the side of Sen. Cruz. This issue is vital to restoring democracy by allowing Congress and the states to once again regulate campaign finance" says Stephen Spitz PDA Virginia co-chair and PDA End Corporate Rule co-chair.

Dozens of organizations nationwide have collected approximately 3 million signatures calling for Citizens United to be overturned. Sixteen states, approximately 550 cities and towns, and more than 160 former and current members of Congress and President Barack Obama have indicated support for the amendment. It’s time Warner gets on board.

WHEN:        11am, Wednesday September 3rd, 2014
WHERE:      101 W. Main Street, Norfolk, VA
WHO:          To include speakers from a variety of justice advocacy groups.
VISUALS:    Signs and Boxes containing the petitions

Tim Kaine
D-VA

$18,045,722
≤ $200 (http://allaregreen.us/percentages): 17%

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 Retired   $1,835,485

 Securities & Investment   $627,566

 Business Services   $498,174

 Real Estate   $498,061

 Education   $497,265

 Women's Issues   $375,080

 Lobbyists   $338,720

 Leadership PACs   $322,500

 Health Professionals   $269,243

by Greenhouse (http://allaregreen.us) | data OpenSecrets.org (https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N...)

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Source:Progressive Democrats of America
City/Town:Norfolk - Virginia - United States
Industry:Government
Tags:money in politics, Democracy for All Amendment, Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine
Last Updated:Aug 29, 2014
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