S 1500, the campaign finance reform that we have been supporting will come before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday January 17 at 1 PM. We thank all of you who have met with your legislators and/or have contacted them by phone or email. We are now asking that you join us on Thursday, January 17 to let our lawmakers know that their Constituents demand that all political donors in NJ we made known to the public – Full Disclosure,
COME FILL THE ROOM WITH SUPPORT FOR NJ CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM BILL
S1500 End Dark Money in NJ
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2019
****Senate Budget and Appropriations Meeting 1:00 PM
Committee Room 4, 1st Floor, State House Annex,
DARK MONEY, a PBS documentary and political thriller, uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold.
Send us a message if you are planning to come. Seating is limited.
Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
Sophie Fahs Theater
50 Cherry Hill Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
The Cranbury Township Committee passed an Anti-Corruption resolution on Monday, November 27, sending a strong message to state and federal lawmakers to pass anti-corruption reform.
The township resolution supports the strengthening of campaign finance and transparency regulations with the purpose of limiting the influence of special interest money in elections and lawmaking.
RepresentUs Central NJ, the local chapter of the national organization, Represent.Us, a grassroots, bipartisan anti-corruption group, worked with Cranbury residents to advocate for the measure. The Chapter has successfully advocated for the passage of Anti-Corruption Resolutions in five other Central NJ municipalities, Ewing, Lawrence, Princeton, South Brunswick and West Windsor.
The group is currently gathering support for reintroduction of a bi-partisan package of campaign finance reform bills in the 2018 NJ Legislature. These bills , A3903, A3639, A3902, S2431, S2430 improve NJ’s state campaign finance laws by requiring disclosure by independent groups, reforming the state’s pay-to-play law and bolstering political parties.
“Public disclosure rules for these committees are woefully outdated,” said Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of ELEC. “Some of these groups deserve credit because they voluntarily disclose their contributions and expenditures. But New Jersey’s current law is so inadequate that most independent spending can be done without voters ever knowing who provided the funds. We continue to urge both parties to consider passing ELEC-recommended legislation that would correct this massive loophole.” (http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/11/29/the-79-million-gubernatorial-election-second-most-costly-in-state-history/?utm_source=NJ+Spotlight++Master+List&utm_campaign=f8a7d77306-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1d26f473a7-f8a7d77306-398604165)
The RepresentUs Central NJ Chapter will continue to ask residents of local municipalities to work with them to persuade their towns to join this grassroots effort to limit the influence of big money on the political system. It welcomes anyone to contact them at email@example.com to join this effort,
LOCAL ANTICORRUPTION GROUP DISTRIBUTES INFORMATION AT COMMUNIVERSITY
Princeton, NJ – At Communiversity, members of Represent.Us Central New Jersey will distribute information about the corrupting effect of special interest groups and secret “dark” money on our politics and elections. Citizens will be urged to call their NJ Legislators to support three campaign finance reform bills to fight the problem.
“We need everyone to tell our elected officials and candidates for Governor, it’s time to act!” said David Goodman, Represent.Us Central New Jersey Chapter Leader. “We have a plan to drain the swamp by passing anti-corruption laws that stop political bribery, end secret money and fix our broken elections. The New Jersey legislature can take steps toward this goal by passing three campaign finance reform bills, A-3902, A-3903, and A-3639.”
Represent.Us Central NJ is the local chapter of Represent.Us, the nation’s largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign. Represent.Us members are taking action this weekend in cities from Baltimore, MD to Fort Worth, TX to demand stronger anti-corruption laws.
“We’re at a tipping point in this country. Americans from the left, right and center are starting to fight back against our corrupt political system, and win.” Said Josh Silver, Represent.Us Executive Director. “Represent.Us’ plan to drain the swamp begins with the American people taking a stand against a broken, corrupt political system and fighting for a government that represents the people, not special interests and lobbyists.”
A full list of events around the country is available on the Represent.Us website, at http://volunteer.represent.us/representationday2017. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the national press office.
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
50 Cherry Hill Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Take a break from Presidential politics. Spend a Sunday afternoon and get inspired!
GRANNY D GOES TO WASHINGTON chronicles the extraordinary march across the U.S. by political activist, Doris Haddock. Passionate about democracy, she walked 3,200 miles from California to Washington, D.C. to dramatize the need to restore representative government in America and reduce the role of special interest money in politics. The film records her travels and conveys the infectious enthusiasm Granny D. inspired in the people she met.
Following this film, a short feature produced by Represent.Us will be shown. Leaders from Represent.Us/Central NJ will describe campaign finance reform efforts in New Jersey and other states in the USA, heading toward Election Day 2016. You, as a citizen, will learn what you can do to make a difference and get elected officials to stand up and take action.
We thank our co-host of this event — the Social Justice Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.
We hope you can make it!
News from the Lawrence LWV
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 8, 2016CONTACTDavid M. GoodmanTeam Leader, Represent.Us Central New JerseyRESOURCESRepresent.Us Website: www.represent.usLWVLT on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/LWVLT
- Resolution supports state and federal anti-corruption reform
- Represent.Us Central New Jersey and LWV of Lawrence Township join forcesLAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, NJ – On JUNE 8th, Represent.Us Central New Jersey and the League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township announced a combined campaign to bring an anti-corruption resolution to a vote by the Lawrence Town Council on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016. Both groups will unite to rally local residents to urge the Mayor and Council Members to approve this resolution at its regular meeting.“In Central New Jersey, we’re putting aside partisan differences and working together to protect our communities from corruption and build momentum for national reform.”said David Goodman, Represent.Us Central New Jersey chapter leader.Nearly a dozen such resolutions have been passed across the country by local chapters of Represent.Us, the nation’s largest bipartisan grassroots anti-corruption campaign. Three New Jersey towns have gone on record calling on representatives in Trenton and Washington, DC, to enact anti-corruption legislation. Princeton was the first in 2014. Ewing Township followed in February 2015. In April 2016, South Brunswick Township became the third New Jersey town. Favorable action on June 21stwould make Lawrence Township the fourth such community.In addition to calling on town leaders to act, Represent.Us Central New Jersey presented its case to the Mercer County Board of Freeholders on May 26th, 2016. The group asked the Freeholders to approve a county-wide resolution and consider placing an Anti-Corruption Question on the November ballot.“Our political system is corrupt, and Congress won’t fix it,” said Represent.Us national executive director Josh Silver. “We’re taking our fight local. Conservatives and progressives are uniting to demand that our states pass Anti-Corruption Acts, and that our leaders start representing us.”
MERCER COUNTY RESIDENTS: Your Opportunity to Make a Difference
TAKE ACTION! LET’S ACT to RESTORE THE DEMOCRACY that our Veterans have fought to preserve:
On May 26th RepresentUs Central NJ presented to the Mercer County Freeholder Board requesting that they pass a Resolution supporting Anti-Corruption Legislation at the state and Federal levels and that they place on the Ballot a question that would allow Mercer County residents to give their voice to this issue. Write to your Freeholders today and tell them to say YES to both of these requests. Link to Contact:
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Tell your Representative to take action. Use the letter below – adapt as you wish and send it to your Representative Now.
Dear CongressPerson ______________________________:
Thousands of people sat in at the Capitol in April participating in possibly the largest act of civil disobedience in history. The events were called Democracy Spring & Democracy Awakening. The protest started with a march from Philadelphia to DC and ended up with thousands of people sitting in and getting arrested at the Capitol to send a message to you and your colleagues of the need to protect voting rights and get big money out of politics.
In response to the event, Rep. Sarbanes is circulating a letter asking that Congress hold hearings on five pieces of legislation for fair voting and getting big money out.
• The Voter Empowerment Act (HR 12)
• The Government By the People Act (HR 20)
• The Democracy for All Amendment (HJ Res 22)
• Automatic Voter Registration (HR 2694)
• The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (HR 2867)
Help restore our democracy by signing on to the Sarbanes letter and supporting all of these bills. As you know fair voting rights and getting big money out of politics post Citizens United are ideas that are supported by the vast majority of Americans.
Your CoSponsorship of the We The People Act: (HJ Res 48), The People’s Rights Amendment (SJ Res 18/HJ Res 23) and the DISCLOSE Act: (S 229/HR 430) is also needed.