Ever since the Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates to unlimited political spending (and even before), our friends at Open Secrets, The Campaign Legal Center, Common Cause, The Sunlight Foundation, Democracy 21, Public Citizen and countless other organizations have been working to turn back the tide. Click through to read about six initiatives democracy watchdogs are hoping will help clean up our elections and get money out of politics.1) AMEND THE CONSTITUTION
The movement for an amendment to overturn Citizens United has quickly gone from pipe dream to mainstream, says Public Citizen’s Rachel Lewis. Since the Citizens United ruling, over 300 cities, towns and counties have passed resolutions, as have 16 state legislatures. In 2012, President Obama voiced his support.
At the Move to Amend website, you can follow their barnstorming tours, current campaigns and plans for a special campaign in New Hampshire ahead of the 2016 presidential primaries. Public Citizen is organizing people all over the country to help gather signatures for their petition. Common Cause is focused on the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. FEC case, and also has a petition you can sign.
And if you’re looking to do something fun and creative, check out Ben (of Ben & Jerry’s) Cohen’s StampStampede.org website. Their campaign involves stamping money with clever messages like “stamp money out of politics” and “not to be used for bribing politicians.” They also have a Tumblr where you can upload pictures of money that you come across that’s been stamped. They’ve already sold over 11,000 stamp kits (at cost) and given out over 5,000.