Citizen Action Monitor

Fifty-three US organizations unite — Pledge to fight two critical threats to their democracy

Organizations announced they would be jointly working to mobilize after Election Day

No 604 Posted by fw, November 3, 2012

More than fifty U.S. organizations have formed a coalition to address two critical threats to their democracy:

  • the distorting effect of money in U.S. elections, and
  • the wave of efforts to make it harder for Americans to vote.

Under the banner “Money Out, Voters In” the organizations announced that they would be jointly working to mobilize after Election Day to challenge dark money in elections and restore Americans’ voting rights.

On November 2, 2012, the US organizations released the following statement:

Money Out Voters In — We Demand Democracy

Within the next week, citizens in every state will come together to cast their votes for President, Congress, and other state and local offices. The right to cast those votes – to elect leaders who represent us – is at the heart of our democratic system. But this year, that right is in danger.

Our system of fair and free elections is under attack on multiple fronts. The Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates for special interest money and corporate influence in politics. At the same time, a rash of voter suppression laws in more than 30 states has threatened to make voting difficult, if not impossible, for millions of Americans.

Throughout the history of our nation, powerful politicians and interest groups have tried to block eligible voters from casting a ballot. For much of the twentieth century, they used literacy tests or demanded poll taxes. Today they ask for photo voter ID, or create restrictive voter registration schemes. These laws, combined with the challenge posed by limitless corporate influence, strike at the very core of our democracy.

Our nation’s history has been a journey towards true equality and the promise of a government of, by and for the people. Just as we have overcome many obstacles to achieve that promise, we are now committed to standing up against the pervasive, corrupting influence of an electoral system that auctions offices to the highest bidder and suppresses the vote of millions of Americans.

No matter what happens on November 6th, these threats must be addressed on November 7th and beyond. Together with our allies across the political spectrum, we pledge to fight for the rights of all voters in our nation and to move that much closer to creating a more perfect union. The future of our democracy depends on it.

[Organizations]

  1. 350.org
  2. AFL-CIO
  3. AIDS United
  4. All Education Matters
  5. Alliance for a Just Society
  6. Alliance for Justice
  7. American Sustainable Business Council
  8. American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
  9. Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote
  10. Ben & Jerry’s
  11. Center for Media and Democracy
  12. CODEPINK
  13. Common Cause
  14. Communications Workers of America
  15. Constitutional Accountability Center
  16. Consumer Action
  17. CREDO Action
  18. DC Vote
  19. Democracy 21
  20. Democracy Unlimited
  21. Democrats.com
  22. Demos
  23. Ethical Markets Media, Florida
  24. Franciscan Action Network
  25. Free Speech For People
  26. Greenpeace
  27. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  28. International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, UAW
  29. Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  30. Main Street Alliance
  31. Move to Amend Coalition
  32. MoveOn.org Political Action
  33. NAACP
  34. National Center for Transgender Equality
  35. National Congress of Black Women, Inc.
  36. National Council of Jewish Women
  37. National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  38. The New Bottom Line
  39. New Progressive Alliance
  40. People For the American Way
  41. Pesticide Action Network North America
  42. Project Vote
  43. Public Campaign
  44. Public Citizen
  45. Rock the Vote
  46. RootsAction.org
  47. Sierra Club
  48. U.S. PIRG
  49. United for a Fair Economy
  50. United Steelworkers International Union
  51. unPAC
  52. WarIsACrime.org
  53. We the People Campaign
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