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.

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!

Common Cause PA
PA United to Amend - 
 Update on PA United to Amend’s effort to pass Free and Fair Elections Resolutions in the PA House and Senate: 
  The resolution has been introduced in the House of Representatives as HR357, with  Republican Rep. Jim Cox as main sponsor (http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2017&sInd=0&body=H&type=R&bn=0357) The measure, which seeks to ultimately amend the U.S. Constitution to “authorize the states to apply disclosure rules and reasonable guidelines on election campaign contributions and expenditures,” is in the State Government Committee. A companion resolution awaits bipartisan introduction in the Senate.
  In the House we are up to 44 co-sponsors, almost evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. As we work with allies in the legislature, we continue to seek many more co-sponsors.
  The best way for you (and your friends, family and acquaintances) to help is to volunteer for the cross-partisan PA United to Amend, an all-volunteer partnership between the Wolf PAC nonprofit and the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network. Sign up at http://www.wolf-pac.com.
  If you don’t want to volunteer for PAUA, you can still help by asking your state representative to co-sponsor or otherwise support the resolution, and encourage others to do the same. If the reps say yes, let Neil Goldstein know at neiljgold@aol.com. Beyond that, when you’re advocating for other GG measures, PLEASE TALK UP HR357!
  Passage of the resolutions would put Pennsylvania on the official list of states calling for a limited convention for this purpose. Two-thirds of the state legislatures (34) must pass such resolutions for a convention to be called (governors’ signatures not required). So far, five states have done so. The convention has the authority only to propose an amendment, which would require approval by three-fourths of the states (38) to become part of the Constitution, the same as if the measure were proposed by Congress.

Videos and Documentaries
* Video on Public Financing of Elections (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)