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Get Money Out and United Republic Unite

Recently I received an email from Get Money Out Organization about the big things that they have unfolding for this coming year. If you are unaware what the Get Money Out movement is about it is about removing the large influx of money to government politicians obstensively for campaigning and which in reality results in our politicians being bought.  There are over 244,000 signatures and many more are needed in this extremely important issue that effects our democracy. The Supremes Courts 2010 ruling that opened the door to Citizen’s United a Republican front group which advocated that corporations should have as much rights as people…sound vaguely familiar ala Romney’s statement that corporations are people it changed the way that candidates running for political office can be contributed too.  That ruling with all it’s dire consequences for the Republic by the Conservative leaning Supreme Court came just in the nick of time for the 2010 congressional elections that ultimately gave the Republicans a majority.

For decades corporations and unions were not able to give freely of copious sums of money for the logical conclusion was that if  a corporation, or super pac can give a candidate 100s’ of thousands of dollars if not million for their re-election for a simple favor, via a legislation, it would minimize the voice of the masses, and perhaps those in office will not work in the best interest of the populance but instead those special interest groups who are doling out the money and effectively writing these politicians pay check.  Of the Justices only four Justices dissented  Justice John Paul Stevens along with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor . The architect of the Citizens United vs FEC was election lawyer James Bopp whose intent is to remove all regulations concerning campaign financing this is a very dangerous slop as that it allows massive amounts of monies to be used for and against candidates, it can be used to sway a politician to vote for a controversial policy because he may have received millions from an organizations that has been a contributor to him.

Below is a copy of the email.

We live in a system of legalized bribery. You and I have committed to end it.

This is a monumental task that will be achieved exclusively by our ability to form a massive, singularly focused coalition. And that’s what we’re doing.

Like climbing Everest, a variety of resources, skills, and equipment are critical to success. Climbing the highest mountain in the world alone is impossible, but together, people climb it every year.

Today on my show we’ll be announcing that we’re growing our team. We’re adding resources and deep expertise from people who know how to reform democratic systems and are organized to help us do it. Specifically, we’re merging Get Money Out into a group called United Republic, who noticed the same thing we all did – our government is bought.

So let me introduce the team.

Joining Jimmy Williams as the three principals at United Republic will be Josh Silver and Nick Penniman. I’ve known Nick for years. He and I first met when he was running an investigative journalism unit for the Huffington Post, exposing the powers behind the financial crisis. Josh, who I’ve recently gotten to know and like, is the former founder and CEO of Free Press, the nation’s largest media reform group.

United Republic is forging a bigger, bolder movement to end our current, corrupt way of financing politics in this country. Get Money Out will be their first campaign. And they have already forged an alliance with Lawrence Lessig’s Rootstrikers. Countless other organizations, from the People for the American Way to the Committee for Economic Development, to the Goo Goo Dolls, are with us.

United Republic is looking for lots of volunteers like you. In the weeks ahead, we will be asking you to tell us how you want to help, and how we can help you. Like climbing Everest, we need lots of different skills and a shared goal.

United Republic will be coalition building, organizing across the country, as well as issuing grants to home-grown activists to help give you the resources to get our work done.

Using my show as a platform, I plan to highlight you and your work, hosting the debates that need to be had, and grilling those who dare to stand in the way of reform.

I believe that this is the most important fight of our era. Gather yourself. Forward this note to your friends and family, so they know what’s coming and can join. Facebook it. Tweet it. Email it. Tell the world.

It starts with us.


Dylan Ratigan

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2 responses

  1. Dylan Ratigan is on in the other room as i type this. yes, we must get the “money” out of politics if we ever hope to level the playing field. continue…

    November 17, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    • Hopefully while you are barkinginthedark Dylan Ratigan will accompany you and bayatthemoon.

      November 18, 2011 at 3:18 am

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