As citizens concerned with the corrupted state of politics
in California, we are required to address the un-democratic practices
that have corupted our polity. We are angry, but what can we do? We have
talked, argued, and written letters to editors, and politicians, but
it is like throwing acorns at atom bombs.
The special interests sit at the center of political
corruption. Their money decides who becomes a viable candidate, and
is decisive in determining who wins elections. Special interest
money is the mother's milk not of politics, but of corruption.
The solution is to Stop political bribery as effectively as possible by
prohibit special interest contributions from overwhelming the voice and bucks of the local voter.
will stop the special interests from directly manipulating our
politicians and elections. We preserve and respect their free speech rights by forcing "small contributor committees" out of direct participation in our elections, back to their legitimate role as free speakers on issues they find relevant. to advocate issuesreducing outside interests
The political parties are vast structures of special
interest money and influence. Banning all outside money channeled to
candidates and officeholders, through the parties, combined with
voter-only contributions would be Unconstitutional.
Our solution is to combine voter-only contributions
with a 30% limit on political party contributions to candidates. Our initiative
limits party contributions to 30% of the total of contributions a
candidate or officeholder receives from their local voter.
This will make the support of the local
voter the deciding financial factor in selecting and electing representatives.
The 30% limit on party contributions to candidates will preserve the right of political
parties to collect, and use, outside money to support their
The 30% rule will prevent political parties from exerting more influence on the outcome of elections than contributions from the local voters.
The 30% rule will return our elections, and the elected politicians, to dependence on, and under the control of, the local voter.
We do not want to destroy the political parties, but
make them accountable to, and dependent on, the voters, rather than the corporations and special interests.
Today the political parties are no more than instruments of the various.
Our initiative will rebalance the Constitutional rights of the local
voters, the state and national parties, and the special interests, in favor of the fundamental unit of a democracy: The Local Voter.
Taking democracy back from the special interests is
impossible through the political parties in California. The special
interests control politics, the press, and most of the money in our
country. The special interests and the political parties have not,
and are not, going to act within the restraints of democracy
An initiative is the proper solution to reduce political corruption. Initiatives
bypass the parties, politicians, the special interests, and
still be successful.
To get this initiative before the voters we needed
modern technology, (we really are a ground-up group!), such as a
computer and printer. Obtain a computer and learn how to use it.
How can we, simple non-political citizens, change
the way politics operate in California? The special interests
control politics in California. The corruption that pervades our
politicians, parties, and media require we employ an individually
based grass-roots action. Initiatives qualify for the ballot on
a County basis. There are 58 counties in California, which require
we find at least 58 LEADERS to organize the signature collection
effort in each county.
The Los Angeles metropolitan area will require a
mess of local LEADERS, as will the other major urban areas. The job
of local leaders is to bring together a crew, discuss strategies for
publicizing the initiative, contact local groups and enlist their
help, and organize local funding to locally print, distribute,
complete, and turn in the petitions to the County Clerk. The State
Committee will offer full support to each County Committee.
We are currently researching registering as a non-profit, and drafting out a grant proposal to draw some non-partisan grant funding to supercharge our organization.
Our initiative fixes the system for all voters.
Angry Voters from all perspectives are welcomed. Women's, civil
rights, pro and con groups, the religious, all are invited and
welcomed in the effort to fix the system. Organize your people to
fix the way we decide the issues most important you, and your
community. We want to fix the system to get better outcomes, not any
particular outcome, but an honest democracy.
Promoting the Initiative
initiative will be opposed by all of the special interests and
their political dependents. Corruption is so deeply and powerfully
entrenched in our economic, political and media institutions, that
democracy is unfamiliar, even foreign, to too many Americans.
Wealth, power, prestige, and luxury are monopolized and distributed
by our corrupted polity. This will make publicity hard to come by,
and condemnation by the entrenched powers universal.
press releases and mail to the major regional newspapers, radio, and
television stations in California.
every state and national organization from Common Cause, the AARP to
the NRA and try to obtain endorsements, and notice in their
newsletters. Are you a member of any public-spirited group? Will you
advocate democracy through your group?
as many local organizations, blogs, and individuals as possible.
Figure out how to use the Internet to expand our cause's
recognition. Help us spread a web of voter power across the State.
expanding circle of awareness of our initiative. Everyone can spread
this idea in their own way, through their own community.
all the voters who respond to our announcements by county. Find
coordinators, leaders, in each county who will organize local
chapters of the Committee. Develop strategies that fit the local
situation. Maintain communications between members, county
committees, and the California Committee. Distribute materials
necessary for County Committees to make effective plans to print and
the work is focused to collect the signatures to get our initiative
on the November '08 General election. Help us out.
out the important
dates in the timeline.
Now is the time to bring the
Political Reform Initiative of 2008 before the voters, and bring
back our democracy.
Search the Corruption
Contact us: Committeefordemocracy.org