Alliance for Democracy

Voter Owned Elections/Larry Lessig

Posted in 26-108, Voter Owned Elections by Alliance for Democracy Portland OR on October 26, 2010

Hi AfDers and Friends,

As part of our efforts to end corporate domination, Alliance for Democracy has supported campaign finance reform and public funding of elections for all of our existence as a grassroots organization.

Our current efforts are in support of Voter Owned Elections here in Portland, on the ballot as measure 26-108. If you are a Portland voter, we encourage your YES vote on 26-108.

We also encourage your active involvement by either contributing to the campaign, phone banking or canvassing to get the Yes message out. Most voters have not heard about this; anyone we can contact to explain what it is, how it works, and how it keeps special private interests out of our democracy is more likely to vote and to vote Yes.

The word is that voters are being slow in mailing ballots in; therefore, it is not too late to have an impact on those late voters.

Contributing can be done on the campaign website.

Phone banking is happening most every evening, generally 6:30 to approximately 8 PM. The location varies, so if you can help with this, call Heather to let her know that you will help and learn where to go.

Canvassing is happening this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday. Two shifts each day, 10 AM and 1 PM. Canvassers will meet at The Bus Project office at 333 SE 2nd Ave. Again, calling ahead is helpful so they can have the canvassing materials ready. Call Heather at 503.489.8166

Lastly, the Yes on 26-108 campaign has brought nationally known Larry Lessig to Portland. He will be here on Thursday, October 28th. All the details are below.

David Delk, President, Alliance for Democracy
112 NE 45
th Ave., Portland OR 97213
| 503.232.5495 | |

========================For Immediate Release
October 25, 2010
CONTACT: Heather Stuart 503-489-8166

Nationally Renowned Campaign Finance Reform Expert Larry Lessig to visit Portland in Support of Voter-Owned Elections Thursday, October 28th

On the heels of Citizens United and controversial campaign spending in Oregon, all eyes are on Portland in the close race to keep Voter-Owned Elections in place

Portland—Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law Professor and co-founder of — a project of Change Congress, a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the independence of Congress by fighting the influence of money in politics — will be in Portland on October 28.   Lessig will begin the day with a general lecture about Campaign Finance Reform, before two evening campaign events for Measure 26-108—Portland’s Voter Owned Elections.

Events include:

12 noon Parsons Gallery, 2nd Floor of Urban Center at Portland State University – National Campaign Finance Reform (NOT a campaign event)

5:00pm Portland Dinner — tickets are $200 per person. Discounts to campaign supporters. Please email if you’re interested.

6:45pm Lecture –Campaign Finance Reform and Portland’s Voter-Owned Elections, First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 13th Avenue, Portland 

8:00pm After Party and Q&A panel co-hosted by The Bus Project and The Portland Mercury, West Café, 1201 SW Jefferson Street, Portland

Lessig, is a leading thinker on technology and Internet policy. He is the founder of Creative Commons and author of “Code,” “The Future of Ideas,” and “Free Culture.”

Lessig says his visit to Portland is to highlight campaign finance reform and connect the dots between growing voter outrage at unregulated and unaccountable corporate spending in politics, and the importance of local efforts to protect democracy, including Portland’s Voter-Owned Elections program. “We must celebrate and protect effective local efforts to repair our broken political system,” Said Lessig. “Portland has a proven, successful program that limits the influence of big donors and special interests. It would be a step backward to lose this important reform.”

Lessig’s trip was welcomed by League of Women Voters member and campaign supporter Carol Cushman, “We’re very proud that Portland was the first city to adopt Voter-Owned Elections. Having a national speaker come to acknowledge our leadership is terrific. We want to keep the system in place to allow more people to be part of our political process.”

Voter-Owned Elections has been in place since 2005 and is on November’s ballot as Measure 26-108. Proponents of the program include organizations such as the League of Women Voters, AFSCME Council 75, Portland Association of Teachers, the Urban League of Portland, and Common Cause Oregon.

Heather Stuart
Campaign Manager
Voter-Owned Elections (Yes on 26-108)


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