$64,000 Democracy For All Video Challenge

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$64,000 Democracy For All Video Challenge

Democracy for All

With the 2014 midterms the most expensive in history and mega-donors gearing up to spend billions of dollars in the 2016 election cycle, it’s clear that our country’s money in politics problem is out of control. How do we get our democracy back? Some…


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With the 2014 midterms the most expensive in history and mega-donors gearing up to spend billions of dollars in the 2016 election cycle, it’s clear that our country’s money in politics problem is out of control. How do we get our democracy back? Some might say that’s “the $64,000 question” — the big question —of our day.

Americans understand the problem. We want to see action on solutions.

The $64,000 Democracy for All Video Challenge is a contest seeking to tap into the creative potential of Americans across all party affiliations with short, powerful videos in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn cases like Citizens United and get big money out of politics.

The goal is two-fold: to encourage filmmakers, both brand-new and experienced, to create videos highlighting the need for money in politics reform, and to use those videos to inspire action in support of the Democracy for All Amendment.

Here’s how it works:

 From June 15 – September 30, 2015 anyone can submit a short video (30-90 seconds) that includes a call-to-action in support of the Democracy for All Amendment. The call-to-action drives viewers to a website — http://www.DemocracyForAll.com — where they can send an email to their Representative in Congress supporting the amendment. Participants have the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes and the certainty that their video is helping others learn about solutions, and take action against the big money takeover of our elections.

 Each week of the contest, judges will select a “weekly pick” prize ($1,000) among the videos submitted so far. Submitting early means the best chance to win prize money!

 At the close of the contest, a panel of judges will select a grand prize ($25,000) and five category prizes ($5,000 each) among all of the entries. Category prizes include Funniest Video, Best Student Video, Best Original Song Video, Best Dramatic Video and Best Creative Video.

Big problems call for big solutions. The Democracy for All Amendment is a bold proposal being considered by the House and Senate that would overturn decisions like Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that paved the way for unlimited political spending by corporations and the super wealthy. The idea behind the amendment is simple: lawmakers should once again be able to set reasonable limits on money in elections so that all people can meaningfully participate in our democracy.

The voices of everyday Americans – who don’t have a corporate treasury to spend from or millions in their bank accounts – are becoming increasingly hard to hear over the roar of spending by corporations and billionaires.

A healthy democracy needs all of our voices. Submit a video today. Not only will you have the chance to win thousands in prize money, you’ll be helping others understand that there are real solutions to the flood of big money in our elections.

This is a project of Say No to Big Money and People For the American Way.

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