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May Day May Day the SOS signal is being sent out to ALL Americans. The Mayday Political Action Committee is crowd sourcing the money it needs to get a Congress committed to fundamental reform by 2016. Every dollar counts please share time is urgent.


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divergent r (309)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 2:25 am
After what Scotus just pulled, shouldn't be a question
Thanks Dandelion

Winn Adams (179)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 2:35 am
Posted on Facebook

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 4:18 am
I agree Susan, business as usual must change, this to me is at least a good try. Lawrence Lessig is a really smart man with a Good Heart. That is important. There are intelligent people but without good hearts we get screwed over by them.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 5:12 am
Thx Sheryl and welcome back. I passed on your message again to all US friends on my list, sorry I can't help more. Have also received all emaiö from Lessig, not sure if they can reach the goal..but keep hoping.
Happy 4 th July to you all, may you have real independence from corporate rule one day!

divergent r (309)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 11:26 am
After what Scotus just pulled, shouldn't be a question
Thanks Dandelion

Sheila D (194)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 11:47 am
Welcome Back...hop you had a woderful visit.
Donated from emaol, noted now, and will absolutely forward. Thanks.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 12:17 pm
I didn't want to sway anyone on what to do so I hadn't placed this on the thread or the last time for the $1 that was trying to reach. But as we are down to the wire I place this on here now.

Thank you for pledging in support of Mayday's campaign to get money out of politics.

It wasn't much, wish I could do more, but as I've said every dollar counts. If this can eventually help us all, I'm sure with better policies that will be the best spent money I've donated. Will make all our lives better and my children's and grandchildren's as well.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 12:19 pm
As of now....


pledged of $5,000,000 goal

2 days left
days remaining to pledge

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 1:07 pm
Noted and shared video to many Pinterest political and activists boards, on Google + to public and in several other political and activists communities, to Facebook and on Twitter.

The Plan To Take Our Democracy Back |

This can work if we work together; but one thing is certain, if we don't at least try something different, it will mean politics as usual. Thanks.

Kathleen M (211)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 1:56 pm
Noted and shared. Thanks, Dandelion, and Welcome back!

Terry King (113)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 2:00 pm
$25.00 donation made.

Vallee R (280)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 2:15 pm
Pray it helps - thanks,

john byrne (50)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 2:19 pm

Welcome back posted delighted to help.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 2:20 pm
My C2 is totally messed up, not sure if my comment will show this time..
Thx Sheryl and welcome back, have passed on your message, as that is all I could do. Things look shaky with the goal but we keep hoping.
Happy 4th July to you all, may you get real independence from corporate rule one day!

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 2:33 pm
Thanks to everyone that has donated and/or forwarded this information. Your comment came through Angelika. We were only in the $2 millions not that long ago so I still have faith this will happen.

typo in my above comment at 12:17. I meant to add million after the $1.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 2:39 pm


pledged of $5,000,000 goal

Birgit W (160)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 3:09 pm
Thanks for sharing Dandelion. We have to bring back democracy all over the world.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 3:39 pm
This is true, this is an attempt at doing so for the USA. We are all in this together.

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 4:36 pm
I second what Brigit said

Mandi T (367)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 5:39 pm
Ditto what Brigit said.

Arlene C (30)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 6:00 pm
Merci Dandelion

Nancy C (806)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 6:03 pm
Welcome back and thanx for reposting...Will share again and will donate a (very) few$ again soon.

Caitlin M (104)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 6:28 pm
I don't mean to be a party pooper, but I'm not sure pledging $Millions is the way to get money out of politics because we're still voting for politicians who have no interest in saving anything but themselves. We need a new system, not just a new round of the same ol'-same ol'. We need a real revolution, I'm afraid.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 6:39 pm
For those who do not want to use Bitcon, PayPal, a Credit Card, but prefer checks or money orders can be sent to.

Make checks payable to: Mayday PAC

P.O. Box 380444
Cambridge, MA 02238

You are required to send your name, address, occupation, and employer along with your check in order for us to legally accept your donation. If retired or unemployed simply state so.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 6:41 pm
If you watch the video's Caitlin, the are going to support Candidates that will stand behind this. As they say, the only way sometimes to fight fire is with more fire. Lawrence Lessig is a brilliant man and the team he has I'm sure is equally qualified. Look over the site, it offers a lot of information.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 7:32 pm
Noted w/many thanks for posting, Dandelion. I've been receiving these mailings and hope this gets tons of money. Lessig's name attached to this project makes it genuinely credible in my book!

Kay M (46)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 9:18 pm
Good Evening Dandelion- tank you for this- every little bit helps- anything anyone can do to help the situation to get better ---is appreciated - We the 99% need all the help with can get. the BIG MONEY BAGS---BIG OIL AND COAL---BIG PHARMA--- can spend us under the table - all we have is our voices and our votes- no matter how hard or how long we must stand in line our numbers will win if we follow thru- WE ARE THE 99% and we stand in line and vote our numbers will win the elections. DO NOT GIVE UP OUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT- we can never give up the 2 party systems and go to a 2 class system- MASTER 1% and slave 99% ---NEVER NEVER ALLOW THAT EVER AGAIN----

Dogan Ozkan (2)
Friday July 4, 2014, 12:38 am

Giana Peranio - Paz (398)
Friday July 4, 2014, 2:34 am
Happy you're back Sheryl. Hope your trip was a fruitful one. You are commended for this pledge and bringing it to all Americans' attention, as I live in Israel, I think I should star collecting pledges to change this problematic country!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday July 4, 2014, 2:56 am
Welcome back Sheryl,shared this on FB.Good luck with trying to take back the US Democrazy even though it might be hard to compete with the other Super-Pacs.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 4, 2014, 5:17 am
Thanks everyone for the nice welcome back. Yes, Giana, many areas and Countries of the world are having very difficult times right now for the People. Leadership everywhere has lost sight of what it truly is all about. We need more Hearts to start thinking and less of what is getting us into these issues.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 4, 2014, 5:45 am
Help us celebrate a true Independence Day by pledging what you can so that we
can declare independence from a broken political system.


pledges (I'm pleased to be among the 30 thousand +)

pledged of $5,000,000 goal

1 day left

David C (108)
Friday July 4, 2014, 8:23 am
...we need to return the country to the people...not the corporation...or wealthy alone

Don H (45)
Friday July 4, 2014, 8:43 am
Noted and donated. : )

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 4, 2014, 8:45 am
That is what this is all about Dave, I hope you were able to donate and certainly to spread this information far and wide.

Today is a deadline.

Make this a July 4th to remember by when you were part of this great push. We can be passive or we can do something......I like to at least try to do something.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Friday July 4, 2014, 9:07 am
In general terms what might be noticed is that the old style leadership is changing. No longer are those simply out for personal power and wealth able to fool people so easily.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 4, 2014, 9:32 am
Let us hope so. I still see far too many people drinking the kool aid.

Deb E (63)
Friday July 4, 2014, 11:34 am
I am very surprised that this isn't trending on Twitter. I am very surprised May Day One isn't on Twitter. At least, I couldn't find it in a search. This is the ONLY way to take back our Democracy peacefully. We must ALL get behind this movement. No time for apathy, now. Please, we need everyone to become involved! Thank you so much for posting this, Sheryl. Good to see you back.

pam w (139)
Friday July 4, 2014, 11:50 am

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 4, 2014, 12:06 pm
I don't Twitter so as you mention that perhaps Deb you can get it going on Twitter. Every time another person is to learn of this the better and they too may pass around, at least I hope they will.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 4, 2014, 12:13 pm



pledged of $5,000,000 goal

15 hours left
time remaining to pledge
... as long as it's 4th of July somewhere in the Union (Hawaii time)

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Friday July 4, 2014, 12:30 pm
I tried to contribute online, but had no luck. I ended up contributing by mailing a check.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 4, 2014, 12:45 pm
Thank you ......I'm sure they will give this wiggle room for those who wanted to contribute only that way. Mail to be received in the following days.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 4, 2014, 1:47 pm
Thank you Dandelion!

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 4, 2014, 2:07 pm
Omg....this is exciting.....we are almost there. Keep spreading this, we may make it after all.


pledged of $5,000,000 goal

13 hours left

Judy C (91)
Friday July 4, 2014, 2:50 pm
Glad you're back, Dandelion. Will make a small donation by check. Tweeted. Thanks!

Beth Nipper (70)
Friday July 4, 2014, 3:53 pm
Liked on Facebook.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 4, 2014, 7:02 pm
I want to thank all those on C2 who contributed and/or forwarded the information around on the May Day PAC for with your help.


After I exhausted any further ways I could reach out to people, on C2, off C2. I finally just said, "I've done all I can."

Afterwards the fireworks began outside beyond the tree line. an excellent show that I watched from my bedroom window.

Someone put a lot of energy and money into this as it was as good as any I've seen that a town would put on. I'm assuming these were launched at the tennis courts as it appeared to be in that direction. Well good job to who-ever put it on, I had a ring side seat looking from the comfort of my room.

Then I came back and updated the May Day Pac information. Oh it was so close. I kept updating it every 10 minutes and the tally was going up. I do miss the day when a lot of C2 members use to stay with the thread on these things, we had fun together with the current updates. But I did stick with it. I knew that others were working hard at getting this out to the public, so I still felt part of the whole.


47503 citizens contributed…

$5,028,152 to fight corruption over just 30 days

Tally at 9:50 EST.

124 days left until election day

Now WE THE PEOPLE have our PAC. This gives me hope.

Again, thanks to all who helped to make this possible.

JL A (281)
Friday July 4, 2014, 7:11 pm
And this from Lessig:

You did it. Amazingly, dramatically, beautifully, you did it.

I won’t say I knew you would. I wasn’t that smart. And I won’t even say this crowdfunding idea was mine. It wasn’t. But when I heard it, I knew it was right, and that we had to do it.

And that was right.

No one expected we could do this. Neither the $1M nor the $5M. Of course, when we crossed $1M, plenty said they knew we would — though most of them were quite sure we could never make the $5M. And now that we’ve crossed $5M, you can be sure there will be plenty who say they knew we’d do this too.

But the truth is, no one knew — because the fact is, this time, the time we live in, is different. The frustration with the mess we call Congress is palpable, and the desperate urge to do something about it is raw. There are campaigns happening everywhere to rally people to the idea that we must find a way to end this corruption — from the amazing 480 mile walk of 99Rise from LA to Sacramento to fight for corruption reform, to the incredible campaign in New York by Zephyr Teachout fighting for corruption reform, to the New Hampshire Rebellion, crossing 185 miles of New Hampshire in January to rally that state to ask every presidential candidate one simple question: What will you do to end the system of corruption in DC?

This may be this movements most incredible moment so far. The pundits say America doesn’t care about this issue. This is America caring. And this is America demanding something more. Ideally now. But if we have to wait till 2016, then ok: Because by 2016, we’re going to elect a Congress that will fundamentally change how campaigns are funded. You have guaranteed it.

After we get some sleep, you’ll hear more from us. But fear not: the campaign to raise money is over for this cycle. I won’t be asking you to DONATE NOW again and again. That bit is done. Instead, for the rest of this cycle, what you’ll hear from us is about how your campaign is working. We’ve got lots of ideas about how to make this work. We’ll be testing them and improving them and building lots that’s new. But you’ve raised the money. It’s time to get down to work. So stay tuned.

As I race to finish this before we cross $5M (we’re at $4.95M right now), I can’t help but think back to where this all started for me. Or maybe, to who. I’ve told the story about how my friend Aaron Swartz turned me to this work. I struggled to tell the story of how his death convinced me that the most important thing that we must do is to give this democracy exactly the thing that he lost — hope. Our march across New Hampshire tried to do that. And now this has done that too: if nothing else, this has given people hope that something is possible.

If Aaron had been here, he would have been skeptical. He would have said, “why do you think anyone will give you anything?” But then he would have embraced the amazing and undeserved humility that defined everything about him, and he would have opened his computer, and helped build the system.

And tonight, he would have smiled. At you. At us. At what we’ve done. And at what all this says about what is possible. Tonight we would have given him hope — just the thing that he, that all of us, needed.

Thank you for this.

- Lessig"

Sheila D (194)
Friday July 4, 2014, 7:51 pm
Congratulations, and a great big Thank You, to all who donated and/or spread the word making this historic moment happen...on the Fourth of July. Thanks so much Dandelion and JL for sending the good news. :-)

Shirley S (187)
Friday July 4, 2014, 8:13 pm
Good luck to all of your TRUE PATRIOTS for a TRUTHFUL CAUSE.

Shirley S (187)
Friday July 4, 2014, 8:14 pm

divergent r (309)
Friday July 4, 2014, 8:41 pm
Just like pe'sla, we did it.
Right after I saw this I got an email from Sherrod Brown.

Kay M (46)
Friday July 4, 2014, 9:19 pm
Good Evening Dear Dandelion; there is a scammer posting here in this group the shows they just joined today and that they are a girl from the USA - but they comment in chineese - the profile shows 80590 butterfly rewards ---899 green stars- no friends--- and 27 thank you notes dating back over 4 months ---HOW CAN THAT BE - I HAVE FLAGGED THEM AS INAPPROPRIATE---I HOPE ERIC SEES IT AND TAKES CARE OF THEM - JUST WANTED EVERYONE TO STEER CLEAR OF THAT ACCOUNT ===SINCERELY KAY M.

Laurie H (818)
Friday July 4, 2014, 9:40 pm

Deb E (63)
Friday July 4, 2014, 11:40 pm
The Pac IS on Twitter, Sheryl, I did find it ... but only has 4,000 followers. I hope everyone who is on Twitter and FB will get on board, too. This is something to celebrate ... an Independence Day victory!!

P A (117)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 12:25 am
Many, many,l MANY congratulations to Dandelion and everyone about this - you are all utterly splendid! Well done! For the MayDay PAC to raise nearly $2,000,000 in 24 hours is utterly and completely astonishing! I wished I could donate - but I am not an American.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 3:14 am
If you really want to revamp the US political system maybe you should think along the lines of:Norway,Sweden,Denmark,Germany(partially) and the UK,these Countries have all banned any form of broadcasting of political adds either using TV or Radio, newspapers or the net.This would give you a better chance to vote for independant represantatives and will revolutionise your system which only benefits Big Money.It will end any kind of "Swiftboating" and probably end Rush Limbough's radioshow.
Even though these Countries have banned political adds, Democracy is still alive and kicking in all of them.
Let me just end by congratulate you on reaching the goal for MayDay PAC.

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 5:12 am
That is the hope Arild, to get people into office that will start passing such things that will regain our democracy. We use to even have the fair right to our airways, called the Fairness Doctrine, where if one view was spoken the opposing view had to also be given equal time, that was eliminated in 1987. Now who has the most money rules the day, so with billions in the Koch Brothers pockets and other hard right conservatives we do not have balance anymore.

This started by an appointee of the FCC under Ronald Reagan. The FCC vote was opposed by members of Congress who said the FCC had tried to "flout the will of Congress" and the decision was "wrongheaded, misguided and illogical." Both times Congress tried to overturn this and both Ronald Reagan and then George Bush vetoed it.

Others have tried to introduce the Fairness Doctrine back over the years. Senator Tom Harkin told Press, "We gotta get the Fairness Doctrine back in law again." Later in response to Press's assertion that "...they are just shutting down progressive talk from one city after another," Senator Harkin responded, "Exactly, and that's why we need the fair—that's why we need the Fairness Doctrine back." Former President Bill Clinton has also shown support for the Fairness Doctrine. During an appearance on the Mario Solis Marich radio show, Clinton said:

“Well, you either ought to have the Fairness Doctrine or we ought to have more balance on the other side, because essentially there's always been a lot of big money to support the right wing talk shows.”

Which in this case Arild would be the likes of Rush Limbaugh's show you mention. That being one of them.

In the 111th Congress (January 2009 to January 2011), the Broadcaster Freedom Act of 2009 was introduced to block reinstatement of the Doctrine. In part a response to conservative radio talk show hosts who feared that Democrats would try to revive the policy to ensure liberal opinions got equal time. The AP report went on to say that President Obama had no intention of reimposing the doctrine, but Republicans, led by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, wanted more in the way of a guarantee that the doctrine would not be reimposed.

In June 2011, the Chairman and a subcommittee chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, both Republicans, said that the FCC, in response to their requests, had set a target date of August 2011 for removing the Fairness Doctrine from the FCC's rule book. On August 22, 2011, the FCC formally voted to repeal the language that implemented the Fairness Doctrine and the White House under Obama with executive order directing a "government-wide review of regulations already on the books", to eliminate unnecessary regulations which included the Fairness Doctrine. As they say, with friends like that who needs an enemy.


Pat B (356)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 6:08 am
Good cause, GREAT outcome.!!! Thanks, Dandelion for all you do, and welcome back.!!!

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 7:21 am
I also see a lot of the Japanese text coming through. Not sure what to make of it. I did get one of the comments translated and it said Thank you. So it might simply be that, we have English speakers who comment with only a Thank you on the threads as well. I do agree with what Ros said, we must be careful as there are spammers on here, but we also must be careful we don't offend others from other Countries as this is an International site.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 7:50 am
CONGRATULATIONS ! I call this a miracle..really a 4th July to be remembered and brought you one step closer to real independence. BIG BIG thanks to everyone, especially Sheryl for her tireless efforts with this!!
I'll have to trust the updated numbers posted here, although Lessig's letter is somewhat confusing to me ("And now that we’ve crossed $5M..." and then later "As I race to finish this before we cross $5M (we’re at $4.95M right now)") but was apparently written before reaching the 5M but in full confidence that they would.


Sheryl G (360)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 8:31 am
Lawrence Lessig was typing the letter to send out when it was $4.95 million as he was pretty certain then they'd reach the $5 million.

Thanks for the Congrats on this Angelika. This is a good start as the people behind this effort are intelligent and with Hearts. This we must have, both intelligence with heart. It is going to take a lot of effort from many of us to continue the momentum but I'm glad to see that there are others out there, that despite the odds, threw their time, energy, and some money behind this. I'm excited to have played my small part in it.

Mitchell D (86)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 11:36 am
changing from, getting away from "business as usual" was, for mwe the whole purpose behind the "60's revolution. It was not, initially, as Mick Jagger told the Prime Minister, on live TV, that "We just want to have fun!" Mick was a fool to think so, in my book, and lost a possibly valuable "teachable moment," there.
After "business as usual" had led to worldwide imperialism, and two, COUNT THEM, two World Wars, what the hell was the purpose of blithely going along "as usual?"
Well, here we are, after more decades "as usual," being hugely imperialistic, pushing religious,as in seeding, and feeding, the fear and hate of homosexuality in Africa) and financial imperialism all over the damned [place, getting blowback, and wondering why so many people hate us.
We need SOOOOOOO badly, to get the crazies out of congress!!!

Mitchell D (86)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 11:38 am
And to see that no more crazies get nominated by crazy presidents, for SCOTUS!
We are still paying the price for the Regan and 2 Bush presidencies, on SCOTUS!

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday July 5, 2014, 1:54 pm
Yes we do need to get them out and the Supreme Court. I heard on one program as the latter have lifetime jobs once appointed, that with the age some are today they could be making decisions for another 30 years plus. I'm with the opinion that no one should have a lifetime job and no way to be held accountable. We can't impeach or rebuttal them, they are in a league of their own. We must find a way to limit their time in this position by shorter appointments or having to be elected every so many years.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 5:27 am
People are STILL sending in their pledges and we'll have that much more to work with on fighting this corruption and take over by the 1%.

The tally now is........

citizens contributed…

to fight corruption

All right......way to go!

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 7:36 am
Freedom is a state of consciousness, and can never be attained through war, power struggles, or the destruction of other. Wars are manufactured by those who stand to profit from them – never forget that. The energies of war and the profiteering from it in the name of “Freedom” must dissolve into the nothingness. No longer are those simply out for personal power and wealth able to fool people so easily.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 1:45 pm
Now over $7 million.....wonderful.


from large and small donations
to fight corruption


Mary T (178)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 9:33 pm
Thanks Dandelion I donated what I could for a great cause we need to take our country back I got a email telling me that we made it.

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 8:15 pm
they did it!!
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