I'm working to overturn Citizens United through a constitutional amendment stating corporations are NOT people and money is NOT speech. I’m suing the US Senate to break the gridlock and fighting to preserve a free and open Internet. I’m Bob Edgar,...
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You’ve probably noticed, our democracy is a mess. Citizens United triggered a tsunami of corporate political spending that threatens our democracy. Meanwhile, the Wall Street titans who crashed our economy are getting richer than ever and still enjoying Washington galas, while Aaron Swartz was aggressively prosecuted for trying to share public documents with the public. Our government is for sale to the highest bidders.
Right after Watergate, I was elected to Congress and spent 12 years there pushing back against establishment politicians who cared about their special interest donors more than the people they represented. When I was in Washington, there were problems, but we could make things work. Today, the system is so badly broken we can’t seem to make any progress.
I became president of Common Cause in 2007 so we could get Washington working again for regular people like you and me. Common Cause is a nonpartisan nonprofit org that’s been around for 40 years fighting for the public interest.
Here’s some of the work we do at Common Cause:
Money in politics is one of the biggest problems our democracy faces. That’s why we’re trying to overturn the awful Citizens United decision with a constitutional amendment that says corporations aren’t people and money isn’t speech. In 2012, we passed resolutions saying this in Montana and Colorado, and we’re already working to do the same thing in Arkansas in 2014.
We’re also working to stop the ridiculous abuse of the filibuster we’ve seen in the Senate. When you need a supermajority to even debate an issue, it’s no wonder the 112nd has been the least productive Congress in years. That’s why we’ve sued the Senate to abolish the 60-vote rule and pushing for common sense reform.
Election 2012 saw an unprecedented war on voters, with restrictive photo ID laws especially affecting students, low-income folks, people of color, and the elderly. We teamed with civil rights groups, mobilizing volunteers to register as many eligible voters as we could. On Election Day, we showed up in person to ensure ballot bullies didn’t try to intimidate voters.
Common Cause fights for the free flow of information. We were among many organizations to stand against SOPA and we joined transparency advocates worldwide in mourning Aaron Swartz. In the months ahead, we will be fighting media consolidation and working to preserve network neutrality.
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I hold five honorary degrees and I’ve been arrested five times for civil disobedience, guess which fact I’m more proud of?
I wrote the book “Middle Church” which calls upon progressive people of faith to take back the moral high ground from religious extremists like the Westboro Baptist Church.
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