Faced with the inaction of a political elite corrupted by Big Money, we have taken the call for full disclosure of dark money directly to the Wall Street banks, corporate mega donors, and shadowy nonprofit groups that are flooding the 2012 election with what will amount to more than $900 million in secret campaign cash.
Their deadline for disclosure was September 28th, 2012. They have failed to comply.
We will not be silenced. Voters cannot make an informed decision at the ballot box without at the very least knowing who’s been buying each candidate. And with Election Day quickly approaching, we’re running out of time. If the worst of the 1% continue to bankroll politicians in secret - then our only option is to bring the demand for disclosure right to their very doorsteps.
That’s why beginning on 9/28 and continuing through the month of October in cities across the country, patriotic Americans will take up the tradition of nonviolent struggle for our democratic rights and march together to deliver our End Dark Money Petition straight to the offices, lobbies, and headquarters of the organizations driving the secret sale of our democracy. There we will stay peacefully and refuse to leave until they disclose all records of anonymous or unreported political spending to the American public.
We may be arrested, we may be dragged out or worse, but we’ll keep coming back - weekend after weekend, wave after wave - for as long as it takes. Our arrests will be a small sacrifice in the long struggle to realize the promise of a democracy that finally, truly responds to the needs of the 99%, to We the People. As the numbers of deep patriots putting our bodies and freedom on the line for democracy grow from hundreds into thousands our campaign of nonviolent sacrifice will make the corruption of our democracy by Big Money impossible to ignore. If enough of us take a stand and sit in, we can define the 2012 election narrative and force candidates from the Congress to each and every statehouse to make a choice - stand on the side of democracy and the 99% or the side of Big Money corruption and the worst of the 1%.
The political climate in America has rarely been so ripe for real change. A huge majority of Americans believe Dark Money is wrong and Big Money shouldn’t rule our democracy. They’re waiting for someone to do something and something to happen. But with the rapid advance of the corruption of our democracy and the consolidation of a Big Money rule, “one dollar, one vote” system of plutocracy, this moment may be our last, best hope to save democracy.
Some things are worth living, dying, and fighting for. Our democracy - and the hope it holds for a better life for the 99% and all Americans - is one of those things. Generations of Americans have shed blood, sweat, and tears for the same cause. Now, in this dark hour when our democracy is under a deadly, insidious assault, our generation must rise. This is our chance, now is the time - join us at an upcoming action and Demand Democracy.