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Electoral and Campaign Finance Reform
Progressive change is not possible without meaningful electoral reform. We support a constitutional amendment that would strip corporations of the ability to donate unlimited funds to political campaigns and their rights to "speech" Corporations are not people with respect to elections. The January 2010 US Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, allows unlimited corporate campaign contributions that make a mockery of US democracy and suppress the voice of the people. Another goal is for voters to take back control of our government and democracy from the corporations and lobbyists through the implementation of “clean elections,”—i.e., publicly financed campaigns. The group also advocates for changing New Jersey’s voting machines to include a voter-verifiable paper trail and legislation to stop "pay to play" in Essex County.
BWNJ’s Electoral and Campaign Finance Reform group supports the national efforts of the following organizations: The Story of Stuff, Democracy is for People, and People for the American Way. Please visit their websites to learn more.
The Story of Stuff http://www.storyofstuff.org/movies-all/story-of-citizens-united-v-fec/
Democracy is for People http://democracyisforpeople.org/
People for the American Way http://www.pfaw.org/GovernmentByThePeople