• U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Campaign Finance Experts, John Zogby Address Delegates

    WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2012)– The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) held its 50th biennial national convention this week in Washington, DC.  The four-day gathering gave League members from around the country the opportunity to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments on campaign finance reform, the environment and election reform, and to discuss important public policy issues.

    In her acceptance speech, the League’s reelected president Elisabeth MacNamara challenged delegates: “The League is not an end in itself. We are a training ground for democracy. That is what we have always been and that is what we will always be, working together to learn new ways to spread the word and encourage new generations to learn and engage.”

    MacNamara thanked members for entrusting her with the leadership of this 92-year-old organization. “We are all in League together to make our community a better place; we are all in League to make our democracy safe by making it available to all; and we are all in League together in our faith in knowledge as power and education as the only way to make gains that will last.”

    Throughout the gathering, delegates rallied around the League’s 2012 Power the Vote initiative for their elections work this year, and set the LWVUS program agenda for the next two years, vowing to continue our fight for voting rights, campaign finance reform and clean air, and voting to study agriculture. DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and Annenberg Public Policy Center's Kathleen Hall Jamieson were just a few of the high profile speakers that addressed the gathering.

    “The League is fighting hard to overcome the impact of the Citizens United decision on money in elections and on the floor of convention, League delegates voted to condemn this tragic Supreme Court decision,” said MacNamara.  “Now we must continue our important work to bring sunshine and disclosure to the flood of money in elections by passing the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 and continuing to examine a full range of additional steps.”

    Convention speakers, including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Trevor Potter, President of the Campaign Legal Center, Former Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-OK) and Political Reporter Eleanor Clift, urged the League to look closely at the steps needed to fix the broken campaign finance system and to press forward using our community-based power on behalf of all voters and for elections that are determined by the voters. 

    Said Attorney General Holder, “I urge you – regardless of the opposition you face – to stay true, and remain fiercely committed, to the principles that have always guided the League of Women Voters and that can ensure that the 21st will be another ‘American century.’"

    CONTACT: Kelly Ceballos, 202-263-1331

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  • The Campaign Finance Task Force has completed an informational paper that covers a brief history of LWV action on campaign finance, what the LWV has done, is doing now and what Leagues can also do.

  • This week I was in Washington for, among other things, an event sponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, “Fact Checking the 2012 Election: Views from the Trenches.” The three panels during this half-day event were drawn from the print media, the television news media, and from the television business and legal side.

  • On Thursday, May 24th, we launched a radio ad campaign urging Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Bob Corker, Senator Susan Collins and Senator Olympia Snowe to step up and lead on the vital issue of disclosure and campaign finance reform. The ad, “Flood of Money,” encourages the Senators to help bring sunshine and disclosure to the secret money pouring into American elections.

  • Voters beware.  There is a flood of secret money headed into towns all across America and it looks like there is nothing to stop it from drowning out your voices this fall.  But our elected officials can do something to help. They can support full disclosure and tell us where this money is coming from.  They can give voters the information they need to cast a vote.

  • Tennessee Senators Alexander and Corker, and Maine Senators Collins and Snowe Urged to Support Disclosure

    Washington, D.C. (May 24, 2012) - The League of Women Voters today launched a radio ad campaign urging Senator Lamar Alexander, Senator Bob Corker, Senator Susan Collins and Senator Olympia Snowe to step up and lead on the vital issue of disclosure and campaign finance reform.  The ad, “Flood of Money,” encourages the Senators to help bring sunshine and disclosure to the secret money pouring into American elections.

    The 60-second spot seeks to educate and inform Tennessee and Maine citizens about the tidal wave of secret money flowing into election campaigns.  “It is so important for the issue of secret money in elections to be placed squarely in front of the public,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, national President of the League of Women Voters. 

    “The ad will likely reinforce what many have been hearing in the news – that current law allows corporations, unions, lobbyists and special interests to spend millions to get the elected officials they want into power, and to do so in complete secrecy,” MacNamara said.

    The ad calls on the Senators to, “Tell us you’ll let the sunshine in. Tell us you support full disclosure.” MacNamara says that, “These four Senators are key actors on this important issue.  They are in a position to make things right.”

    The League has worked on campaign finance reform at the local, state and national levels for decades and is optimistic that these key public officials will speak out for disclosure and support giving the voters all the information they need to make their decisions on Election Day. 

    The ad concludes saying, “The League of Women Voters believes Americans deserve all the information they can get before they vote.  Tell us where the money is coming from and let the voters decide.” 

    The League of Women Voters of Tennessee and the League of Women Voters of Maine join in this effort.  The ads are made possible by a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, NY.  The ads will run on stations in Chattanooga and Nashville, TN and Bangor and Portland, ME from May 24-June 1, 2012.  To listen to the ad running on Tennessee radio, click HERE.  To hear the ad airing in Maine, click HERE.

    CONTACT: Kelly Ceballos at kceballos@lwv.org

     

     

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