A major function of the League of Women Voters is to study the important issues of the day, and to agree (form a consensus) on policies and appropriate actions. For the past several months the League has been studying how to monitor and control the effect of money on the political process. League members can still participate in expanding and shaping the national League’s policies on money in politics on Tues, Jan. 19 from noon to 4 pm.
Add your own voice to shaping the League’s official position on campaign finance; your last chance to participate in our League’s decisions on the Money in Politics national study.
Tuesday, January 19 from noon to 4 pm at the South Berkeley Public Library, 1901 Russell St., two blocks from the Ashby BART station. Using BART or forming carpools will make parking less of a headache. Bring a bag lunch if you wish – light refreshments will be served.
Read the questions members will be asked to decide at LWVUS Money in Politics Study Consensus Questions-Summary. The meeting will move very fast, so members can prepare by reading the questions and perhaps some of the related readings at Money in Politics Consensus Questions with linked readings: http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/money-politics-consensus-questions-links-background-papers.
All members can participate in the discussions and the decision making, but each league will record and submit its own consensus report to LWVUS. Oakland League has already had their meeting on Jan 9. The study committee, drawn from the Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville, Alameda and Oakland Leagues will present the study material. As always, members of the public are welcome to attend and listen.
Expand League Policy The Money in Politics Committee has studied the national League position on campaign finance to expand it to cover newly prominent sources of funding such as 501(c)4 non-profits and super PACs (political action committees). The study will consider whether political spending is protected speech under the First Amendment and if such spending should be protected at the expense of other goals in the League’s current position: to ensure the public’s right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office, and to promote citizen participation in the political process.
At the end of the study, the League should have a robust and relevant position to lobby against the corrupting influence of money in politics. Tools to be considered include contributions limits, spending limits, public financing, and exposure of all now dark or hidden contributions and contributors.
Money in Politics Consensus Questions with linked readings: http://forum.lwv.org/member-resources/article/money-politics-consensus-questions-links-background-papers
LWVUS Study website:
Several informational meetings have already been held. Watch the video below of the
Hot Topics Roundtable Discussion held Wed., Oct 28 when Jonathan Stein, Northern California Chair of Common Cause and ACLU attorney and others discussed some of the key issues with League members from BAE and Oakland.
Sound does not kick in until 1 minute 10 seconds of video. Watch the video with Jonathan Stein, Northern California Chair of Common Cause, recorded by Ken Bukowski.
Check the calendar at lwvbae.org for more meetings and details.
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