Money in Politics: Some Solutions.
The Fall Meeting of The League of Women Voters, Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville.
When: Thursday Oct. 8, 5:15 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley
5:15 PM Doors opened
5:30 PM Buffet Supper
6:30 PM Speakers and Questions from the floor
7:30 PM Adjourned
To kick off our Money in Politics National Study this fall, the Fall Meeting program will have a three person panel. A lively clip from a compelling new documentary Pay2Play:Democracy’s High Stakes, will introduce its award winning producer Holly Mosher. Holly’s previous films on related subjects included Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety and Free for All! on election fraud.
Two local non-partisan leaders against hidden campaign contributions, Jay Costa, Executive Director of CounterPac, and Miriam Marks, Data Director of Maplight, illuminated some of the questions League members will be wrestling with in the new national study on campaign finance.
As the CounterPac.org website reports, Jay Costa has a deep background working for transparency and reform surrounding money in politics. He previously served as Program Director at MapLight, where he led the organization’s web and data projects, and as a National Coordinator for Rootstrikers. CounterPac tackles the problem of dark money and independent campaign committees by persuading candidates to reject their support through specific actions and pledges.
Leading Maplight’s data projects, Miriam Marks helps Maplight fulfill its mission to throw “light on money and politics.” Maplight gathers detailed data from public and reliable sources so that researchers—and voters—can easily find out where candidates get their big contributions and which lobbying groups, individuals and corporations are funding candidates and campaigns.
Maplight.org and the California League have partnered to combine SmartVoter.org’s broad and reliable information about candidates and campaigns and Maplight’s rich information about campaign funding sources in a single website—Voter’sEdge.org.
Join the Money in Politics Study: Members are able to sign up to join the study —which will update our national campaign finance position to address the conflicts between our rights in a democracy to limit campaign contributions and donors’ rights to give campaign contributions as expressing their right to free speech. [See webstory on the Money in Politics & Constitutional Amendment studies.]
More Study & Volunteer Choices: Select a League project that suits your interests and available time. Team leaders will be delighted to chat with you about their activities and sign you up to work with the Action, Voter Services, or Program Teams, the CA Study of Higher Education or the LWVUS Campaign Finance Update. We’ll also have sign up sheets for a variety of short term and occasional projects that might suit you.
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