Massachusetts Press Coverage

Salem Protests Finance Ruling

April 13, 2014

North Shore residents outraged by the latest blow to U.S. campaign finance law rallied in Salem last week, calling for an end to the corrosive effects of corporate cash in the democratic process.

“It just really pisses me off,” said Rick Marks of Newbury, who held a sign and waved to passing cars in Riley Plaza. “Corporations and special interests already have so much power. Now they can buy even more influence in politics.”

Scituate: Vote to overturn Citizen’s United

April 2, 2013

When Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, it was the action of one man who, though supported by many in the nation, was the driving force for the issue behind the proclamation. We are indebted to Lincoln for working as he did to bring about a transformative change in our nation.

Every so often, citizens get to vote on an issue that is also transformative to our nation, where masses of voters, rather than the stroke of one man's pen, bring about a healing change. Adding an amendment to the Constitution is just such a movement, and it is going on now.

Congress Responds to Move to Amend Grassroots Organizing with “We the People” Amendment

February 20, 2013

The growing grassroots democracy movement took another huge step forward this week when Congressional Representatives Rick Nolan (DFL-Minnesota) and Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) joined Move To Amend coalition organizers Ben Manski and George “Leesa” Friday at the National Press Club to announce that the “We the People Amendment” was being introduced in Congress (H.J.Res. 29).
This amendment clearly and unequivocally states that:
Section 1. Only People Have Constitutional Rights

Watch Out Plutocrats, the Progressive Pro-Democracy Movement Is Savvy and Gearing Up to Take on Citizens United

November 25, 2012

There's a sophisticated pushback against corporate power in the works.
November 23, 2012  | 

It didn’t look like the movie Lincoln, which opened the same weekend. Instead of crusty men in musty rooms, half the speakers were women and the setting was a bright modern law school auditorium. But the challenge at hand was equally great. In Lincoln’s day, it was the 13th Amendment to end slavery. Today, it's repairing American democracy for the 21st century.


November 14, 2012

A Massachusetts coalition of Common Cause, Move to Amend, Progressive Democrats of America and others are celebrating an overwhelming victory for Measure 4.  On the ballot in 30 state representative and 6 state senate districts, including Senator Dan Wolf's, this non- binding resolution calls on our legislators "to propose an amendment to the US Constitution stating that 1) corporations are not entitled to the constitutional rights of human beings and 2) both Congress and the states may place limits on political contributions and spending."  It passed on Cape Cod by an average of 78% and 79

Did Big Money really lose this election? Hardly.

November 12, 2012

After the most money-drenched elections in history-with close to $6 billion spent on the 2012 presidential and Congressional races alone, by one estimate-big donors and the media alike are now asking: Was it worth it?

It's a fair question, especially for the new breed of super PACs and other outside groups that unleashed $1 billion this cycle on federal races. More that $715 million of that came from conservative groups attacking President Obama, who handily won a second term and Congressional Democrats, who only strengthened their grip in the Senate.

Non-binding questions on ballot

November 3, 2012

Unlike the three statewide ballot questions, which will change state law, the non-binding questions ask state legislators to support a resolution calling upon Congress to take specific actions.

How about backing what isn't controversial

October 31, 2012

Thankfully, the election is almost here, with its candidates and ballot questions. Finally … you may say.

What about after Nov. 6? Do we just wait for the next election? Certainly not, because regardless of which candidates win, and which party controls the House and Senate in Washington, there is a fundamental issue that this election will only begin to resolve, partly because little attention has been paid to it in debates or news coverage.