The second presidential debate at Hofstra University was our last shot at having both President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney debate the problem of big money in politics.
This pressing issue is of extreme concern for the vast majority of Americans. A recent poll found that a whopping 87% of voters believe that “reducing corruption in federal government” should be the 2nd highest priority for the next president (“jobs” was #1).1 Yet despite widespread outrage at the massive amounts of money flooding into this election (the most expensive election in history), the candidates were asked nothing.
Both Obama and Romney have referenced the need to address unchecked "outside" political spending in passing.2 But with Election Day right around the corner voters deserve a clear, commited answer:
Will the next president commit to supporting our movement’s efforts to free American democracy from the domination of Wall Street cash, billionaire mega-donors, and shadowy super PACs - or will they continue to avoid challenging their big money sponsors?
By demanding that each candidate simply tell us where they stand, we can make certain voters have the facts they need to make an informed decision at the ballot box. Perhaps more importantly, we will help establish a concrete electoral mandate that we can and will use to hold the next president accountable.
Will you add your voice to the growing call for answers by signing this letter?