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Billion Dollar Democracy

The Unprecedented Role of Money in the 2012 Elections

by: BLAIR BOWIE, U.S. PIRG Education Fund Democracy Advocate
ADAM LIOZ, Counsel at Dēmos

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Move To Amend in Janesville, this Monday, Feb 18th at 6pm

Please join us at the next meeting for Move to Amend, this Monday, February 18th at 6 pm in the community room at Basics Cooperative, 1711 Lodge Drive, Janesville. Turn off of Milton Ave at Lodge (look for Toys R Us) and go West one block.  Basics will be on the right.
We are privileged to have Brad Geyer of Jefferson as our facilitator. He can inform us as to the methods Jefferson County used to successfully get the resolution on both FortAtkinson and Whitewater’s ballots.
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The Story of Citizens United v. FEC

Courtesy of “The Story of Stuff Project” http://www.storyofstuff.org



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Move To Amend Roadshow Hosted by DeForest Area Progressives, Feb.18th!

WHAT: Presentation on the problems of money in politics and Citizens United by Sierra Pope, Co-Chair of Move To Amend in Madison.

WHEN: February 18, 2013 at 6pm - 8pm

WHERE: DeForest Area Progressives Office
Windsor Commons Commercial Offices
6616 Lake Rd
Windsor, WI 53598
United States
Google map and directions


Marcia Riquelme · mom.pazyarte@gmail.com · 608-446-1446


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The Move to Amend Roadshow is coming to Green County

The Move to Amend Roadshow is coming to Green County
Sunday, February 17, 3:00 PM at Tofflers Pub & Grill (upstairs)
200 5th Ave in New Glarus

Presenter will be Senay Goitom from South Central Wisconsin Move to Amend

• The Issue: Money in Politics
• Film: The Story of Citizens United
• The Remedy: Undo the Ruling
• Discussion / Q and A

Join us as Green County acts to preserve our Democracy.

Sign up for Green County Email News at http://eepurl.com/tYJRz

Check out our new Blog and website at http://moneyout.wordpress.com/

For questions Contact:
Deb Fairbanks, minglwd@tds.net 608-527-6064
Tim Sager, MoneyOut@frontier.com 608-335-4051

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SCWMTA General Meeting, Tomorrow, Tuesday Feb. 12th

There's a SCWMTA general meeting Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 12th, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Goodman Library, 2222 S Park St, Madison. Please join us!

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Move To Amend Update from the Milwaukee Area

South East Wisconsin Move To Amend (SEWMTA) has decided to partner with United Wisconsin with the following agreement:

a.) we will do the trainings for door to door volunteers (Angelique Rogers of United Wisconsin recently said "train the trainers" but we can/should be there for the initial training of volunteers also)

b.) United Wisconsin will use our wording for the resolution.

c.) United Wisconsin will not use our logo (because of their partisan appearance re the Walker Recall).

United Wisconsin will cover Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, and Wauwatosa for the April 2014 election, recruiting and sending out volunteers door-to-door to petition, and Racine and Kenosha are in the plan for later. We clearly communicated that we prefer they not use our logo, as it was considered by the MTA group that they are viewed as partisan because of their past and future opposition to Walker campaigns. They are actually non-partisan, but MTA wants to be careful to be viewed as not supporting or opposing any particular politician(s).

Milwaukee is the area that South East Wisconsin Move to Amend (SEWMTA), is going to focus our people power on, though United Wisconsin can offer us political and strategic expertise as well as feet on the ground, when needed. This is a huge population, and the hardest to cover. More details later...

Our last resort would be to launch a City-wide petition drive, which we would have time to do, if necessary, before the November 2014 election (we would start signature collection in March or April of 2014).

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Money OUT, Voters IN, Wisconsin Coalition

The Money Out-Voters In Wisconsin Coalition, formed on January 22nd, is focused on getting big money out of our elections and making sure all citizens can express their views in our democracy on a level playing field. We are coming together to call on the Wisconsin legislature to place an advisory referendum about Citizens United on the ballot for the next statewide election. To support this, we are launching a petition drive to demonstrate the public’s support for this action. The coalition is made up of Wisconsin Move To Amend, WISPIRG, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, People for the American Way, United Wisconsin, League of Women Voters, Center for Media and Democracy, UW student organizations and several other groups. Groups signing on will be agreeing to organizationally endorse the petition below. A coalition website is planned.

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Conference on Citizens United

An important all-day conference, “All About Citizens United,” will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The conference is sponsored by the Oregon Area Progressives (OAP) and South Central Wisconsin Move To Amend (SCWMTA). It will be held at the Promega BioPharmaceutical Center Institute campus, 5445 E. Cheryl Parkway, in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.

The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. It will include breakout sessions on Breakout Sessions on: “Starting a Move to Amend Affiliate", "Money Out Voters In" Initiative”, “Conducting a Petition Drive”, “Using the Media Effectively” and “Citizen Lobbying”.

Keynote speakers will be David Cobb of the national Move To Amend organization, Bob Edgar, President and CEO of Common Cause, and Lisa Graves, Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy.

For more information about the conference go to:



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United To Amend -- Town Initiative

If you live in a town, or know someone that lives in a town, please read this post!

Wisconsin United To Amend is organizing a push for Town Resolution Passage, throughout Wisconsin, by Town Boards at the state-required April (third Tuesday) Town Meetings, 2013, much like the Vermont initiative (which resulted in 64 resolutions) in April, 2012. The Rock River Affiliate (MTARRA) is in support of this and will be working for resolutions, hopefully for the Annual April County Board meetings or this year.  MTARRA has developed three documents to aid our members in working with Town Board members to this end: 1) Steps to Town & County Resolutions, 2) Script & Talking Points for Discussion with Town Board Members, and 3) Handout for Board Members. MTARRA is targeting at least a dozen towns in the Rock River area. Other affiliates are also working towards the same goal for towns in their area.


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