The good folks at North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections have a great new video out on the corrosive influence of big money in North Carolina politics and the growing movement to fight back. It’s worth your time to watch it and spread the word.
Leaders in both major political parties in North Carolina have been guilty through the years of engaging in “pay-to-play” politics. Former Democratic House Speaker Jim Black was, of course, the poster child for this kind of corruption and wound up in prison as a result.
Now, this week, comes word of another disturbing pay-to-play incident in the state House.
As reported by Greensboro’s Yes Weekly and Raleigh’s News & Observer a candidate for the state House of Representatives told a group of Winston-Salem businesspeople the other day that she needed to raise more money for the House Republican cause in order to get a better committee assignment should she be elected to the House this fall. Read More
Reporter Mark Binker has a very thorough write-up of this morning’s N.C. Policy Watch/Common Cause Crucial Conversation breakfast on the subject of fighting big money in politics with Professor Lawrence Lessig. For those who couldn’t make the event, please check it out.
We hope to have a video of the entire speech (which was really a very entertaining, fast-paced, multi-media program) posted to the main NC Policy Watch website later today so stay tuned.
The Charlotte Observer posted a strong editorial yesterday afternoon that highlights just how far out of control the big money one per-centers have gotten when it comes to buying our public officials.
The latest objective: the North Carolina Supreme Court.
You can read the entire piece by clicking here.
From our friends at Democracy-NC:
Saturday, January 21st is the second anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United ruling that said corporations are people and money is speech.
Thankfully, real people are using real speech to fight back. We need to hear your voice, too – and your help to tell others!
For background, here’s a brief video with the animated story of Citizens United.Read More
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