First, GOP lawmakers (and their corporate sponsors) signed our democracy’s death warrant by blocking passage of the DISCLOSE Act. Then last month, as if to add insult to injury, the DC Court of Appeals reveresed a lower court decision that would have required outside political spending groups to disclose some of their anonymous donors.* American’s last defence against a flood of unlimited Dark Money - public transparency - has been erased.
Big Money is buying the 2012 elections in secret. To escape accountability for their political spending, Wall Street corporations and super-rich donors like the Koch Brothers are pumping upwards of $900 million dollars into shadowy tax-exempt nonprofit groups that can spend unlimited money influencing elections without having to reveal a single donor.*
Let’s face it - our bought Congress no longer represents the will of the people. 88% of American voters think that “all campaign contributions and expenditures should be publicly disclosed.”* And they are right. In the words of Bill Moyers, “three things don’t go together: money, secrecy, democracy."*
Dark Money has got to go. If Congress will not act to save American democracy - we will. It’s time to take the demand for disclosure directly to the worst of the 1%, and insist they immediately release all records of any anonymous political expenditures. The Koch Brothers of the world think we don’t know or care what they’re up to: add your name to the petition and show them they’re wrong.
We delivered this petition to Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase on September 28th. Both have failed to respond, and 8 were arrested in Los Angeles when they peacefully refused to leave until BofA complied. But we will keep coming back, and our civil disobedience actions will only continue to grow until our simple demand is made impossible to ignore.
We need at least 1,000 people to sign on to this call before our next wave of actions mid-October so the deep patriots who will risk arrest to ensure our voice is heard will know a growing movement has got their back!
Petition: As concerned Americans committed to the integrity of our democracy, we call on Wall Street and all corporations, trade associations and 501(c)4 nonprofits to immediately and fully disclose to the public the amount, source, and destination of any and all anonymous or unreported political expenditures.