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Last week, we hosted an online conversation with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, and Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.

Robert and Lisa discussed the progress we’ve made together so far — and the next steps we need to take — on some of the most pressing issues facing the country.

Miss the webinar? Catch up by watching the video below:

(Note: Unfortunately because of network issues beyond our control, you can’t see Robert or Lisa for most of the presentation. But the audio is there, and the analysis and insights they provide are inspiring and thought-provoking).

Some of our highest priorities include ending corporate money’s domination of our elections, fighting for universal health care, reining in Big Bank recklessness and stopping congressional attacks on consumer protection.

Members of Congress — Democrats, Republicans and independents alike — must hear from We the People that these issues matter to us.

We’re going on the offensive this summer, and we need your help.

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Rick Claypool is the online director for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.


  • .01% of Americans provide 40% of all campaign contributions. Like it or not we’re being forced into a shotgun wedding with a pack of “psychopaths” who are so greed and ego driven that they don’t even see the cliff up ahead. Money facilitates a number of strategic life transactions, but too much money anesthetizes the brain. Like cell growth, a certain amount creates a healthy body, but too much growth is death by cancer.

  • Arline Mathews

    I have read the Constitutional amendment as regards “Citizens United” as you folk have written it, and it left me quite concerned because it locks into the system having campaign financing as a methodology for bribery and corruption – probably forever – while only removing Citizens United as a threat to our democracy.

    The system was badly broken prior to Citizens United. “We have the best politicians money can buy” said
    cowboy – movie star Will Rogers back in 1933. Campaign contributions corrupt our elected officials and buy them for special interests as their very own agents; so we no longer have a Government of, by and for the people.

    Government funding of campaigns is the only possible way to level the playing field; and it is the only solution to, among others, the Military/Industrial Complex problem, the fossil fuel industries’ control of energy, and the insurance companies’ control of our health delivery system.

    Without exception every single problem we have today can be laid at the feet of money in politics buying anything that the Plutocrats and the Corporatocracy want.

    In essence you address the issue of Citizens United but you will find that it will undoubtedly have unintended consequences as the second amendment did. By Constitutionally giving permission to deal with campaign contributions in varying manners in the verbiage, you are saying that “contributions are acceptable and it will make it difficult if not impossible to get money out of politics forever.

    The system of bribery will continue into infinity and we will lose our democracy because of unintended consequences, when you only wanted to stop Citizens United.

    Dr. Larry Lessig, formerly a Professor at Harvard, has started a new group called MAYDAY which is a code call mariners use for being in distress. He is working to get ALL MONEY OUT OF POLITICS! That is the only thing that can save us.

    At the very least if your Constitutional Amendment said something to the effect that ridding us of Corporations having the same rights as people does not grant permission for money, awards, special favors, or in kind contributions to be used privately. Please talk to Ralph Nader for I think that he may set you on the right course.

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