1. Where’s the plan?


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    Now that the 2016 Presidential Candidates are talking about getting money out of politics, Lawrence Lessig talks about what's missing in this talk, and what's next.

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    • Politicians Spend Half Their Time Doing What?!


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      Members of Congress spend half their days making donor calls and fundraising instead of the policymaking they were elected to do. Imagine if other professions only did half their jobs.

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      • Mailman with a Message


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        Doug Hughes is a 61-year-old postman who wants people to demand campaign finance reform from their members of Congress. He picked a unique way to deliver his message.

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        • Stamp Stampede Cash Money


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          Stamper Jay Whang put together this video of himself stamping some twenties. The track is Kanye West and Jay-Z's song, "Ni**as in Paris" from their 2011 collaboration album "Watch the Throne". Please visit www.StampStampede.org to learn more about this grassroots campaign to fight big money in politics.

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          • Rep. Winkler, MN GOP Square Off On Campaign Finance In Tense Debate - Full Video


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            Minnesota mailboxes will likely continue to be flooded with campaign flyers, many of them negative, that don't disclose who paid for them because of what Rep. Ryan Winkler (DFL-Golden Valley) calls "campaign finance law loopholes." "The public deserves to know if you're on their side or only care about the people who bought your election," Winkler said, introducing his campaign finance disclosure provision that he said requires disclosure of “who is paying when you are trying to get somebody in office or out of office.” After a tense late night debate, the Minnesota House rejected Winkler's proposal on a 51-78 party line vote. Republicans, who hold the majority in the House, blocked Winkler's bill from being heard in committee and blocked it several times from being added as an amendment to other bills. Friday night was the first time it received substantial debate this session. Winkler seemed almost surprised when no point of order was raised when he offered his amendment to the omnibus state government finance bill. He then proceeded to quiz various Republican members about letters they had forwarded to other lawmakers from special interest groups such as the National Rifle Association and Minnesota Concerned Citizens For Life warning that his bill is unconstitutional and prevented free speech. Winkler asked Rep. Tama Theis (R-St. Cloud) several times about the letter she forwarded from the MCCL. “I believe every money, all the money should be disclosed,” said Theis. However, she said the issue should first be heard by the House Government Operations and Elections Policy Committee "so all monies are up for grabs." Winker said he looked forward to that, but noted the only hearing that committee had held on any legislation like this "has occurred because of a provision of the rules that gave them little choice but to do it other than to bring it to the floor for a vote." In an unusual move, Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Vernon Center) refused to answer Winkler's question about the letter he had sent lawmakers that came from the NRA. Majority Leader Joyce Peppin (R-Rogers) said Winkler's amendment would lead to retribution against groups that funded political speech. Winkler replied, "That's not persecution, that's the First Amendment." Rep. Jim Knobloch (R-St. Cloud) asked if Winkler's amendment was so important, why it hadn't passed last session when the DFL controlled the House. Winkler replied that special interests had conspired to defeat it then, too, which drew some laughs from the House floor. Winkler said it shows that money in politics is not a partisan issue, but a bipartisan problem. Knobloch, who voted against the amendment, had complained bitterly last Fall when outside groups made his race the most expensive in the Minnesota legislature. “It really is irritating to have in some ways your campaign taken away from you by people sending all this stuff into your district that you would never send yourself,” said Knoblach during his final debate with Rep. Zachary Dorholt in their hotly contested race.

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            • MAYDAYin30 Submission


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              The MAYDAYin30 contest was to shine light on campaign finance reform, a major goal of the MaydayPAC. We decided to enter, gathered the troops, wrote, shot, and edited this video in the span of a week for submission. The panel of judges would decide from the top 10 after general voting. The judges included: George Takei Jason Alexander Shepard Fairey Zephyr Teachout Marianne Williamson Baratunde Thurston Anna Galland Cenk Uygur And we got 2nd place in terms of votes!!! Which was incredibly exciting!! Unfortunately we weren't selected...but I'm still so proud of what we were able to accomplish!! You can check out the original post at http://bit.ly/1ETXtM4 I've fixed the sound issues pointed out from the original selection. Please let me know if you have any more problems with it! #MAYDAYin30 General Submission (category #1) #MaydayMovement Contents Licensed as Creative Commons CC-BY The music is "Devastation and Revenge" by Kevin McLeod. You can find all of his creations at http://incompetech.com. This couldn't have been done without all of these guys who gave up a weekend to help a friend out! Actors (in order of appearance) Chelsea McClinton Kelley Sheffield Rob Agocs Felicia Moniz Omer Mughal Challis King Tabby Molapo Nikita Rao Olufemi Sowemimo Katie Flint Tamil Periasamy Amber Seidel Jake Tompkins Karimah Boston Amanda Nelis Production Managers Alyssa Baker Maymunah Stroud Written by Olufemi Sowemimo Evan Volgas Narrated by Olufemi Sowemimo Directed, Shot, and Edited by Nancy Thanki You can check more out about the campaign and its creators here: https://mayday.us/campaigns/maydayin30/

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              • "Five Years After Citizens United, What Are the Costs for Democracy"


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                Featured Speaker: Matt Lesser, (D-CT) Courtesy of The Brennan Center For Justice at NYU Law School

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                • "Five Years After Citizens United, What Are the Costs for Democracy"


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                  Courtesy of The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School

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                  • "Five Years After Citizens United, What Are the Costs for Democracy"


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                    Featured Speaker: Brendan Fischer, Center for Media and Democracy Courtesy of The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School

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                    • Dumb Fool-HD


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                      Off the debut album "My Country" from DC band the Grey A. Available on Itunes, Amazon or at www.theGreyA.com Dumb Fool single is also on Spotify!

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