Let’s Get Big Money Out of Politics
Our democracy is failing because large amounts of money from corporations, very wealthy individuals, and special interests enable candidates to run for office, win elections, and then, pass legislation favoring their contributors. This situation has been greatly exacerbated by Citizens United and other Supreme Court decisions that have weakened campaign finance laws and made our election and regulatory systems less fair.
League’s Money in Politics Team is your source for non-partisan information, dialogue, strategic planning and advocacy to make sure our democratic process works for people, not big money interests. We align our work with the League of Women Voters US position on money in politics, and network with campaign finance reform groups to represent the interests of Boulder County residents.
Ruth Stemler, Lisa Graves, Peggy Leech, and Shirley Jin. Lisa Graves is president of True North Research and co-director of DocumentedInvestigations.org
Upcoming Opportunity to Collect Signatures
Initiative #271: Policy Changes Pertaining to State Income Taxes
The League of Women Voters of Colorado supports Initiative #271 Policy Changes Pertaining to State Income Taxes. The LWVUS position (2018) under fiscal policy supports equitable, progressive vs. proportional taxation.
League members will be asked to assist in collecting signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.
Initiative #271 repeals the constitutional requirement that all taxable net income be taxed at one rate. Beginning in tax year 2021, the measure replaces the current 4.63% tax on income earned by individuals and fiduciaries with a graduated income tax. The revenue will be spent (50%) to supplement funding of pre-primary through 12th grade education and (50%) to address the impacts of a growing population and a changing economy.
Click to read the entire initiative: Final Text: Initiative #271
For more information: Colorado Sun 4 March 2020
Follow the Money
Click the links below to see the Center for Responsive Politics OpenSecrets.org fundraising profiles for our Boulder County federal elected officials:
For information on campaign spending on social media:
ALEC Bills in Colorado Legislature 2020
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More on ALEC
If you missed our showing of Bill Moyer's "United States of ALEC: A Follow Up", click to view the film on YouTube.
ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) was started in 1973 by conservative activist Paul Weyrich, who also founded the Heritage Foundation. ALEC is well-funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch (deceased 8.23.2019), and uses billionaires and large corporations secretly to fund and manipulate hundreds, if not thousands of template bills in nearly every state to benefit those same billionaires and corporations, and by-pass public input. The bills include matters such as, “right to work,” which prevents labor unions from collecting dues by payroll deduction, and destabilizes union negotiations for fair wages and working conditions. The owners benefit from this legislation. Other template bills include those that eliminate various, environmentally sound laws, endangering wildlife, and benefiting corporations; and bills that create on-line education schools run by private organizations that profit; and many more bills.
For more information:
– Watch "United States of ALEC: A Follow Up," by Bill Moyers and Company at https://billmoyers.com/episode/united-states-of-alec-a-follow-up/
– Learn more about ALEC itself at its website: https://www.alec.org/
– Learn if your state legislator is an ALEC member at https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Colorado_ALEC_Politicians
– Learn what is being done to publicize ALEC at https://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed
or at https://www.commoncause.org/
– In general, check facts at Annenberg Public Policy Center’s fact check site at https://www.factcheck.org/
– Read Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do about It, by Wendell Potter, and Nick Penniman ($15.30 plus tax, paperback at Barnes and Noble).