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

Articles
* 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


Books
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 - 

Good news – our legislation is live in the Senate!

On March 4, our primary sponsors filed the Free and Fair Elections Co-sponsorship Memorandum. That’s the required precursor to introduction of the actual resolution, which will come after we urge as many senators as possible to sign onto the memo. Last session, a majority of senators co-sponsored our resolution
We encourage all PA residents to ask their state senators to sign on. If you don’t know who your state senator is, go to the Find My Senator section of 
http://www.pasen.gov. You’ll find the senator’s local and Harrisburg phone numbers there.
Your senator may need to know that the memo’s subject line is “Free and Fair Elections Concurrent Resolution,” dated March 4th, and that the primary sponsors are Browne and Costa. Find the memorandum at 
https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=S&SPick=20190&cosponId=28619
Please let us know how it goes when you contact your senator — email amend@paunitedtoamend.org.

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)