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Sender: "Bruce Schuman"
Subject: Is corrupt money in politics the ONE issue that can unite Americans?
Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2014
Msg: 100847

From: List for transpartisan leaders and innovators [mailto:TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG] On Behalf Of Evelyn Messinger Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 9:20 AM To: TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG Subject: Re: [TRANSPARTISAN] Is corrupt money in politics the ONE issue that can unite Americans?

Just to reply to Steven. You wrote: "I think the bigger problem is not the money per se, but that it is too easy to hide who is actually spending it."

I agree with you, and part of my idea in proposing this as a topic for Transpartisan discussion is that a set of agreed-upon specifics could be arrived at on money in politics, perhaps more easily than for most issues.

On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 10:25 PM, Steven Rubenstein wrote: > No, this is not "the one issue" the community could unite behind -- > because it is not just one issue. > > You need to define which money you are talking about -- lobbyists, > direct campaign contributions, party contributions, third party expenditures, etc. > > The problem with suggesting money itself is the problem is that you > take away people's right to free speech and to share their views. Yes, > there may be too much money in politics. But who are you to say that I > do not have the right to share my feelings on the best course of > action for this country? If you take out money, then who is allowed to share their opinions and how? > > While you may disagree with the Koch brothers, you would probably hate > them less if the situation were reversed and Sierra Club had > inordinately more money to spend influencing voters than the Koch > brothers do. (For the record, I am a tree hugger.) > > I think the bigger problem is not the money per se, but that it is too > easy to hide who is actually spending it. That is something everyone > could probably agree on. > > cheers, > > Steven Rubenstein > Agreedis.org > > > > On Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM, Evelyn Messinger > > wrote: >> >> Briefly: my name is Evelyn Messinger. I am a television and web >> producer whose work focuses on bringing citizens into the >> policy-making process by leveraging their opinions via media - see >> our website below my signature. >> >> If there is one issue that unites left and right in fundamental >> agreement on a problem and a solution, it is the corrupting influence >> of money in politics. The transpartisan movement could look at this >> issue as a case study and perhaps a way to seek practical avenues to >> engage the public. >> >> This post is inspired by a new campaign from http://Represent.us - >> which sponsors an "Anti-Corruption Act" among other things - to hold >> a nationwide march on April 15 to "turn tax day into representation >> day." This is the group most likely to have a real impact using a >> grass-roots approach, because they are dedicated and professional, as >> this video shows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGECjjoJ3KE#t=137 >> >> Liberals and conservatives emphasize different aspects of this >> problem, with conservatives focusing on the venal actions of >> politicians and liberals on the greedy demands of corporations, but >> there is surprising agreement on both sides, even among many elected >> leaders, that the rules of campaign finance should be changed. See >> this video we produced at both the Republican and Democratic 2012 >> Conventions on the topic: >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDIkiD3irBA&list=PLC4B2F48B04494A6A >> (disclosure: we worked with Represent Us on this project). >> >> You would think that this degree of support would lead to change, but >> there are two problems: extremely powerful vested interests in >> maintaining, and even expanding, the current system; and the fact >> that money in politics, a root cause of many concrete problems, is >> more abstract than the problems themselves (my mortgage is under >> water, my kid's college tuition is going through the roof, I pay for >> 3000 TV channels but spend most of my viewing time watching >> commercials.) >> >> Is this the one issue that our transpartisan community could united >> behind? >> >> Thanks and regards, >> >> Evelyn >> -- >> Evelyn Messinger >> http://citizenschannel.org >> +1.415.377.6278 >> >> ############################ >> >> To unsubscribe from the TRANSPARTISAN list: >> write to: mailto:TRANSPARTISAN-SIGNOFF-REQUEST@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG >> or click the following link: >> http://lists.thataway.org/scripts/wa-THATAWAY.exe?SUBED1=TRANSPARTISA >> N&A=1 > >

-- Evelyn Messinger http://citizenschannel.org +1.415.377.6278

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