The Problem. The Problem. "I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have some legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world." – Mark Twain. “Anybody who wants to be an ambassador must give at least give $250,000.” – Richard Nixon. A Senator must raise….
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"I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have some legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world."
– Mark Twain
“Anybody who wants to be an ambassador must give at least give $250,000.”
– Richard Nixon
Five THOUSAND dollars per day, every day, including holidays and weekends, for their six year term to achieve the average amount of campaign cash it takes to win a US senate seat.
The candidate with more campaign funds wins
of the time.
That number is
of the time.
Buckley v. Valeo (1976)
In Citizens United, the Supreme Court not only struck down all federal and state laws that banned corporate spending in elections, it also prohibited and continues to prohibit any legislative body anywhere from adopting such limits in the future.
In 2012, over $10 billion was spent on local, state and federal elections.
But to be clear, it’s not that money in political campaigns is inherently evil or corrupting…
... where the money comes from, and why, is what really matters.
In a government in which money equals power, students, who are often shackled by debt and have little to no ability to make campaign contributions, have limited power.
Sources: [1 - http://www.commoncause.org/site/pp.asp?c=dkLNK1MQIwG&b=8672169]
[2 - http://ourfuture.org/files/documents/moneychangers-senate-report.pdf]
[3 - http://influenceexplorer.com/organization/sallie-mae/4d0576f13b9941bb8c810e0c8a63fecb]
In 2012, Sallie Mae made $2.5 billion on student loan interest, while it received 0.23 percent line of credit from the government and charged 25 to 40 timesthat amount on its own private student loans.
… that says millions of $$
OECD Report: The United States is one of the richest nations on earth, but on a number of social and economic measures, it is more typical of a developing country. Compared with other advanced nations, it ranks consistently among the worst performers in matters of economic equality and child welfare.
… people are organizing at the local, state and federal level.
16 states have called for a
constitutional amendment to overturn
Citizens United and related cases.
500 cities/towns have called for
a constitutional amendment.
in Congress have cosponsored amendment
In 2014, students are adding our voices to the movement…
April 14th – 18th
“Day Of Action”
Passing a resolution on campus
Holding an Event on April 14th
1) What’s the process of passing a resolution on your campus?
2) Who will you need to influence to pass a resolution?
3) How can you raise awareness of the resolution?
4) What’s your organizing strategy?
5) What’s your communications strategy?
1) Could you hold a rally or a press conference instead? (SU4D trainers are here to help with specifics.)
2) What allies would you want to reach out to?
3) Who would you want to speak at your event?
4) Who will be in charge of alerting the media?