Press Release: The Center for Media and Democracy is joining with more than fifty other organizations to address two critical threats to our democratic system: the distorting effect of money in U.S. elections and the wave of efforts to make it harder for Americans to vote. Under the banner "Money Out, Voters In" the organizations announced that they would be jointly working to mobilize after Election Day to challenge dark money in elections and restore Americans' voting rights.
The statement reads:
Within the next week, citizens in every state will come together to cast their votes for President, Congress, and other state and local offices. The right to cast those votes – to elect leaders who represent us – is at the heart of our democratic system. But this year, that right is in danger.
Our system of fair and free elections is under attack on multiple fronts. The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates for special interest money and corporate influence in politics. At the same time, a rash of voter suppression laws in more than 30 states has threatened to make voting difficult, if not impossible, for millions of Americans.
Throughout the history of our nation, powerful politicians and interest groups have tried to block eligible voters from casting a ballot. For much of the twentieth century, they used literacy tests or demanded poll taxes. Today they ask for photo voter ID, or create restrictive voter registration schemes. These laws, combined with the challenge posed by limitless corporate influence, strike at the very core of our democracy.
Our nation's history has been a journey towards true equality and the promise of a government of, by and for the people. Just as we have overcome many obstacles to achieve that promise, we are now committed to standing up against the pervasive, corrupting influence of an electoral system that auctions offices to the highest bidder and suppresses the vote of millions of Americans.
No matter what happens on November 6th, these threats must be addressed on November 7th and beyond. Together with our allies across the political spectrum, we pledge to fight for the rights of all voters in our nation and to move that much closer to creating a more perfect union. The future of our democracy depends on it.
In addition to CMD, groups joining this statement include: 350.org; the AFL-CIO; the American Sustainable Business Council; Ben & Jerry's; CODEPINK; Common Cause; Communications Workers of America; the Constitutional Accountability Center; Consumer Action; CREDO Action; Democracy 21; Democracy Unlimited; Democrats.com; Demos; Food & Water Watch; Franciscan Action Network; Free Speech For People; Greenpeace; International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America; the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; the Main Street Alliance; the Move to Amend Coalition; MoveOn.org Political Action; the NAACP; the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; The New Bottom Line; People For the American Way; Pesticide Action Network North America; Public Campaign; Public Citizen; Rock the Vote; RootsAction; Sierra Club; U.S. PIRG; United Steelworkers International Union; unPAC; and We the People Campaign, and others.
More information is available at moneyout-votersin.com.