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Represent NJ Chapter Meeting Oct. 19

Join us for our October Chapter Meeting.
Saturday, October 19 at 11 AM
Fahs Theater at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton 
50 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton
 
Who/what is Wolf-PAC?  Mike Monetta, national director of our coalition partner, Wolf-PAC NJ,  will lead a Q&A via live stream.
We will also have an Update on the End Dark Money Bill and a discussion of our  Ranked Choice Voting Campaign.

Stop Dark Money in NJ Thursday Jan. 17

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” Documentary Feb. 10

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

Cranbury Anti-Corruption Resolution Passes

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 repuscnj@gmail.com to join this effort,

Represent.Us Central NJ Chapter Celebrates Representation Day at Communiversity April 30

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 press@represent.us for the national press office.

Represent Central New Jersey Chapter Committment

 
1. We will provide reliable information. In the words of NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen, “For a free press as a check of power this is the darkest time in American history since World War I, when there was massive censorship and suppression of dissent (http://pressthink.org).” The explosion of fake news promotes propaganda and sows doubt where citizens need to act wisely in their own best interest. This affects us all, across the political spectrum from left to right. We are not a news organization and our focus is mainly state and local, but we will provide reliable, unbiased links to investigative reports, like Jane Mayer; non-profit organizations, like ProPublica (https://www.propublica.org); and other pro-liberty groups, like Take Back Our Republic (http://takeback.org), on the threats of dark money and unrestrained special interests to our democracy.
 
2. We will build on past successes and work with others to do more in the future. Our successes have happened by drawing local citizens and towns together to support anti-corruption resolutions. These send powerful messages to state and federal legislators representing New Jersey on the commitment of their constituents opposing corruption. The towns of Princeton, Ewing, South Brunswick, and Lawrence have shown the way. In 2017, we hope — and will work hard — to add more towns to this group. And, there’s more. We have embraced and will be advocating passage of a bipartisan New Jersey Assembly legislative package for campaign finance reform, summarized here: (http://observer.com/2016/06/bipartisan-move-to-simplify-pay-to-play-law-and-increase-disclosure-by-indie-groups).
 
Beginning in 2017, we will also work with other groups and legal centers on “fair districts” reform and against hyper-partisan gerrymandering, as we look to the 2020 census and redistricting. We will need volunteers to raise their voices and stand with us in these efforts.
 
3. We will continue to fight the effects of Money on politics but take none ourselves. Our commitment is to small donor-funded elections (primaries and general). This encourages the greatest number of citizens to participate in the political process. Running for office will always cost money, but Big Money distorts the process in favor of special interests — the oligarch and plutocrats — and against broad-based democratic government. All the work locally that Susan and I do is voluntary and at our own expense — and with help from others in our chapter and elsewhere. We neither seek nor receive financial support. Represent.Us, as a national organization, accepts donations to its main operating unit (501c4) and to its tax-deductible education fund (501c3). We, in turn, receive technical support from national but again no funding. Donating to national helps but is not required to join our chapter. As a grassroots group, the strength of our chapter (and the others across the country) is our volunteers.
 
4. We will listen. This is probably the most important thing we do — listening and responding to you. Listening for us is proactive, not passive hearing. It means acting on your requests whenever we can but also asking you to help, whenever you can, to recruit new volunteers. This is part of the American experiment, putting hope and optimism into action for a better future.

Join Us “GRANNY D GOES TO WASHINGTON (2ND LOOK)”

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
Fahs Auditorium
Princeton, NJ 08540

Please RSVP

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.

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We hope you can make it!

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP URGED TO PASS ANTI-CORRUPTION RESOLUTION

News from the Lawrence LWV
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2016

CONTACT
David M. Goodman
Team Leader, Represent.Us Central New Jersey
RESOURCES
Represent.Us Website: www.represent.us
 
  • Resolution supports state and federal anti-corruption reform
  • Represent.Us Central New Jersey and LWV of Lawrence Township join forces
LAWRENCE 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.”

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Let’s Put Anti-Corruption Legislation on the Mercer County Ballot

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:
http://nj.gov/…/mercer/officials/freeholders/about/meet.html
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DOWN WITH APATHY! ACT NOW!

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)16992183-mmmain
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.
Thank you!