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 House resolution is HR357, with Republican Jim Cox as prime sponsor It has 58 co-sponsors (out of 203 House members), almost evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. 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. HR357: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2017&sInd=0&body=H&type=R&bn=0357 
In the Senate, the companion measure is the co-sponsorship memorandum called Free and Fair Elections and dated Aug. 31. It is a single lawmaker short of having HALF the 50-member Senate as prime sponsors or co-sponsors (8 Republicans, 16 Democrats). A memorandum is a precursor to introduction as an official resolution. We expect introduction soon. Prime sponsors are Patrick Browne (R), Jay Costa (D) and Daylin Leach (D). Memorandum:  http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/Legis/CSM/showMemoPublic.cfm?chamber=S&SPick=20170&cosponId=24460.
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 and senator to co-sponsor or otherwise support the measures, and encourage others to do the same. If the lawmakers say yes, let Neil Goldstein know at neiljgold@aol.com. Beyond that, when you’re advocating for other GG measures, PLEASE TALK UP HR357 AND THE SENATE CO-SPONSORSHIP MEMO! 
Passage of the resolutions would put Pennsylvania on the official list of states calling for a limited convention of the states for this single topic. 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 would have 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)