Common Cause: Game-Changing Victories

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Common Cause:  Election 2015 resulted in major, game-changing victories for our democracy.

Though all Seven of Texas' Constitutional Ammendments passed on November 3rd, this election resulted in major, game-changing victories for our democracy in other parts of the Country according to Common Cause.  This election was a huge moment.  

Democracy won big and Common Cause needs your help to shout it from the rooftops.

•Over 55% of voters in Maine passed the first statewide law since Citizens United that stops the unlimited secret money in their elections allowed by that misguided Supreme Court decision.  Maine revitalized and strengthened their landmark Maine Clean Election Act, which provides public financing so that candidates can run for office without being beholden to wealthy special interests. They also placed strict campaign finance and contribution limits, increased fines and penalties for those who break election rules, and enhanced transparency and disclosure laws.

•71% of Ohio voters banned partisan gerrymandering, stopping politicians from drawing maps that favor them or their party, a major step towards ending the ideological polarization that creates gridlock and dysfunction.  Ohio voters from every party, background, and station in life came together and declared an end to partisan gerrymandering and the polarization it brings. The coalition united business and labor, pro-choice and abortion opponents, and proved once again that democracy is not a partisan issue. Americans can and will set aside their differences, ideological or otherwise, to protect and preserve our democracy.

• And Seattle’s Honest Elections public financing package -- pushed by activists looking to remove big money barriers to elected office -- has 60% support with 44% of precincts reporting!  And Seattle’s unique voucher system passed, a public financing package that combines with stricter fundraising limits to enhance the voices of everyday citizens -- and curb the influence of big donors.

These are three impressive victories on their own. Each will help empower voters and help Americans get the representation we deserve.  Yesterday’s results show that Americans deeply believe in the patriotic ideals of a government of, by, and for the people.  

It is so important that we take this opportunity to show all Americans that we can make a difference.

According to Common Cause, these victories in Maine, Ohio, and Seattle show that together, we can overcome not just the big-money interests that want to cement control over our campaigns and elections, but also pessimism and cynicism that so easily infect our discourse and stop people from getting involved.

But even more importantly, these wins show that even in this post-Citizens United age of unlimited political spending, we can -- and we will -- make real progress in fighting back against the role of big money special interests in our elections.

With these victories we beat back the cynicism that says “you can’t stop big money from polluting our democracy.” The reality is we can, we did, and we’re not stopping any time soon.

As the only national organization working across party lines in 35 states to hold power accountable, Common Cause knows about the growing national movement to empower people and create a democracy that reflects who we are and how we live in the 21st Century. 

When your friends and family ask “what’s next? and “what can I do to help?” tell them to check out www.commoncause.org. Active in 35 states and in Washington, D.C., Common Cause’s 400,000 members and supporters are making change locally and nationally. As a nonpartisan grassroots organization it is the activism and energy of our grassroots supporters like you that help us win campaigns upholding the core values of American democracy.

Taking back our democracy starts with sharing stories like what happened last night. 

The victories in Maine, Ohio, and Seattle show that together, we can overcome not just the big money interests that want to cement control over our campaigns and elections, but also pessimism and cynicism that so easily infect our discourse and stop people from getting involved.

Activists coast-to-coast -- supported by Common Cause and many other organizations, got active, got organized, and used the power of direct democracy to reduce the influence of big money and shift the balance of power back toward the people.


 

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