Advocates for ending and eliminating secret campaign spending will rally outside the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) building on Monday as part of a widening campaign against dark money.
The demonstration is being organized by the Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (CAPS), in conjunction with the Corporate Reform Coalition and key partners like Public Citizen. The bipartisan effort is part of a movement that aims to lessen the flood of corporate campaign cash pouring into elections following the U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission ruling.
The SEC protest will be highlighting the need for disclosure of corporate spending in elections. Bill de Blasio, New York City Public Advocate, will hold a giant clock to symbolize that time is ticking for the SEC to act. Immediately after the rally, de Blasio will try to meet with SEC Chair Many Schapiro to discuss the need for transparency in corporate spending and call on the commissioners to provide a timeline on when they will respond to this petition. Already, one commissioner, Luis Aguilar, voiced his support for the disclosure measure. That leaves four more commissioners.
In addition to rallying outside the SEC building, the groups, as participants in the Corporate Reform Coalition, also pressured the commission to act through an ambush of public comments submitted to the commission. Currently, more than 65,000 people have submitted comments to the agency.
If you can’t join the rally you can take action and tell the SEC to shine some sunlight on corporate spending and flush out the secret money currently infecting our electoral process.
For more information on the rally and the campaign, visit here.
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