9. Resources on Minimizing Money's Role in Politics

We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both! 
- Justice Louis Brandeis

* HERE -  Public Financing of Campaigns 

HERE - The Secret Power Behind Local Elections (6/25/16)
* HERE - How Much Dark $$ is being funneled into our Democracy?
* HERE - US Politics Are Rigged, It's Time for a Small-Donor Revolution.
* HERE - Money in Politics by Lawrence Lessig in Sierra Magazine (8/16)
Chart on Growth of Family Income from 1947

Dark Money: The Hidden History of Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer - HERE (5) 
Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress - and a Plan to Stop It by Lawrence Lessig - HERE (19)

* Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About it by Nick Penniman and Wendell Potter (2016) - HERE!

PA United to Amend Update - 
PA United to Amend Makes a Strong Showing at Legislative Hearing; Please Help Pass Its  Resolutions in 2019
Members of PA United to Amend made the most of their first chance to advocate for the group’s campaign-finance-reform resolution at a recent state legislative hearing. The all-volunteer, cross-partisan group, a UUPLAN partner, will use that momentum in trying to pass that measure next session.  
With 19 enthusiastic supporters on hand, organizer Nick Valeriano and volunteer Ron Eichenlaub spoke from their hearts and heads in favor of Senate Resolution 254 at the State Government Committee’s informational hearing on Oct. 17. The committee was considering SR254 as well as two other pending resolutions that seek conventions of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution under Article V of that foundational document. (For details of Nick and Ron’s testimony, go tohttps://paunitedtoamend.wordpress.com. For a video of the 2-hour, 10-minute hearing, go to https://www.senatorfolmer.com/2018/10/11/101718/ — PAUA speakers begin at the 1:25 mark.)
As the hearing was informational and came on the last voting day of the two-year legislative session, the committee did not take action on SR254, which seeks an amendment to “authorize the states to apply disclosure rules and reasonable guidelines on election campaign contributions and expenditures.”
So PAUA will work with legislative allies to reintroduce the measures in the Senate and House next year. The group members’ strong showing on Oct. 17 gives them realistic hope of passage in 2019, but they need help from more volunteersto reach that goal. If you’re not already a PAUA volunteer and want to join in, please let register as a Pennsylvania volunteer athttps://www.wolf-pac.com (that site has nothing to do with Gov. Wolf). Questions or comments? Write toamend@paunitedtoamend.org. Thanks — and stay tuned!   
Submitted by Neil Goldstein
Videos and Documentaries
* Video on Public Financing of Elections from Public Citizen. (3)
* Video - How other countries keep money out of politics. (3)
* Video - Lawrence Lessig TED Talk: We the People and the Republic we must reclaim (18)
* Video - Wealth Inequality in America (6) - underlying reason for our problems.
* Video - Wealth Inequality Explained in Two Minutes
* Documentary - We Are Not Broke (81)
* Video - Jim Hightower on Why we need public financing of elections! (5)
* Video - Corruption is legal in America (5)