Alliance for Democracy

Fair Elections fairly soon‏

Posted in Voter Owned Elections by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on September 17, 2010

Portland will vote on our system of Voter Owned Elections in November.  Voter Owned Elections provides public funds to candidates running for citywide public office if the candidate collects a minimum number of qualifying $5.00 contributions to show public support, agrees to only spend the public money on their campaign and not accept any private funds in their campaigns.  Alliance for Democracy urges your Yes vote in November and that you be active in the campaign to keep this system.  Please visit the campaign website to get involved or to make a contribution to the campaign. 
 
Nationally in Congress a proposal to fund congressional candidates has been sponsored by Sens. Dick Durbin and Arlen Specter in the Senate and Reps. John Larsen and Walter Jones in the House.  Known as the Fair Elections Now Act (HR 1826, S.751 and S.752), it is expected to see movement during the next week.  See details below in this Coffee Party announcement. Please contact your US Representative and express your support.
 
Oregon Representatives Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and David Wu are listed as co-sponsors.  In Washington state, REp. Adam Smith and Jim McDermott are listed as co-sponsors.  When you email the, thank them for their support.

David e. Delk, Alliance for Democracy – Portland Chapter, 503.232.5495

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Dear Coffee Partier,

Just yesterday, it was announced that the House Administration Committee will vote on the Fair Elections Now Act on Sept 24th. This is the last step required before it advances to the floor for a full House vote. As you may recall, Fair Elections is a voluntary system that finances the campaigns of qualified candidates for Congress so they can run a competitive race without courting special interests.

We are sure to be buzzing about the advancement of this bill while we’re in Louisville for the first Coffee Party Convention.

But today, we ask you once more to go to Fix Congress First and call your member of Congress. You may want to mention that numerous national polls show overwhelming support for Fair Elections as well as the members of Congress who promise to vote in favor of the measure.

Related note — on September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution. Today’s date has since been celebrated as National Citizenship Day — an ideal day to call Congress for Fair Elections.

Need talking points? Click here

Both the committee and floor votes may be quite close. We hope you tell everyone you know to call their member of Congress — you may wish to forward this email with a personal comment about why we need Fair Elections, right NOW!!!

You can add impact by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to alert more people. Editors notice when they get numerous letters on a single topic. Be sure to tell your readers about the Sept. 24th vote and ask them to call Congress.

Need more talking points? Click here and go to page 4.

(Fair warning: taking part in an effective political campaign is addictive.)

We want to hear from you. Please email Stewart with questions, ideas or concerns.

– Stewart, Annabel, and the Coffee Campaign for Fair Elections Team

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