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Rally At the SEC Against Secret Money In Politics

Rally At the SEC Against Secret Money In Politics

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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11:22PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Thanks for sharing

8:19PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Thanks

8:05PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Get Up, Stand UP! NO to dark money, whatever it takes.

5:50PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

american people are the most confortable human being on this planet!!!!!!!!why ?
simple.all they care that the cost of gas to pump the big car,to go round the block
they teach them how to be obedient and not to ask WHY!...they were tought how too look down on other countrys,and that they couldnt learn anything from this so call eth world countrys.
now here in latin america(VENEZUELA) are being tought to our young how to care to one another.and that human being come first.so look into venezuela,and learn from yourself

5:45PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

This country is again in need of massive reform of elections. I fully support a constitutional amendment that strips corporations and other organizations of the ability influence elections. This has been an ongoing problem that gets out of hand from time to time, it's time to end the cycle and clean up the elections now.

12:59PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

to get big money corporations out of the government calls for strict laws on the amount that can be donated politically and laws passed declaring that corporations are not people and cannot donate to political causes or candidates. unfortunately the candidates who receive these monies have more to spend than those who do not have their support so they can run bigger more impressive campaigns.

12:03PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Corporations have no business in politics as they have a track record for evil which includes:

Influencing the courts to achieve the same rights as people but without any of the responsibility or culpability.

Donating astronomical amounts of money to the politicans that are supposed to be regulating them.

Buying and selling American's privacy as if it were a commodity.

Outsourcing labor and using that as a leveraging tool to cut worker's pay and benefits.

The list goes on and on and also would includethe myraid of politicians in cahoots with the corporations to help them achieve the evil results they desire.

11:50AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Sadly Corruption and politics go hand in hand. You will never truely get secret money out of the mix as these polititians are owned by there masters the 1%ers.What really bothers me is just how easily the police go along with it and attack the 99%ers like there the real criminals.Since when is showing that you have rights a crime anyway? Until we get Corperations out of politics we are screwed as a free nation just look at how easily polititians forget we have a constitution and ya I mean Obama as he has shown no respect fot it from the start.

11:34AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

I pray that their are lots of camera's at this event. The police violence toward civil disobedience must be documented and shown on all the news stations. Our right to assemble must be protected.

10:52AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Thanks for the post.

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