Obama is a great guy, but what the….

"Imagine that you are a young congressional intern at the inauguration, standing in a big crowd listening to inspiring words.  After the speech, you get to eavesdrop on members of Congress discussing the evening's festivities..."

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Follow the Money: Profiting from Your Privacy

We’ve told you before about the influence of money when it comes to passing a defense budget. A lot of companies want to get in on the Pentagon pork.

But there are other ways corporations that work in the defense arena are able to have influence.

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Don't have seconds. Later you'll have remorse.

Americans have a lot to be thankful for this year - not least of which is the fact that the most expensive Presidential campaign in history is over. 

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Citizens United Not The Only Problem

You may know Trevor Potter as the lawyer for Stephen Colbert's former super PAC, "A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow." But he was also once a Republican Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chairman. 

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Colbert Says Goodbye to His Super PAC

Comedian Stephen Colbert did a lot to bring attention to the absurdity of our current campaign finance system with his Colbert Super PAC. But this week, with the election over, Colbert announced the end of that PAC. In an email to his supporters, Colbert wrote, "I write this letter with a heavy heart and elevated cholesterol. Earlier today, our advisor and chief strategist, Ham Rove, passed away. Authorities believe he repeatedly tripped and fell onto a knife several dozen times. Later some dogs ate him. It was all quite tragic.”

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Superman's Backpack

Niki and I were looking over the results of a poll on money in politics (PDF) conducted just after the election.

“Seven percent of people have a warm feeling towards Super PACs,” I told Niki in some disbelief.

“They are probably people who think that Super PACs can help them win,” Niki responded, “or friends of Karl Rove.”

“They are probably people who think a Super PAC is a backpack that Superman wears,” I offered.

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Did Big Money Lose?

With the election results in, many people are wondering if money in politics is really even an issue anymore. Karl Rove's PAC American Crossroads had an abysmal 1.29% return on investment, after spending nearly $105 million. Sunlight Foundation has broken down exactly who they supported and opposed and which of those candidates won or lost.

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The Gettysburg Address, Revised

Gettysburg Address

Revised following Citizens United

Abraham Lincoln

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What is your solution?

Some things increase at an exponential rate. For instance, you may know the story about the engineer who built a bridge for an Asian king. The king offered the man jewels and money, because he was so happy with the result.  But the engineer said, “This is all I want.  Put one grain of rice on the first square of a chess board.  Put two on the second, four on the third, eight on the fourth and so on until you have reached the end of the chess board.” 

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The Money behind CO Amendment 65

What’s in it?

Amendment 65* charges state lawmakers with furthering the state's policy on money in politics. It also instructs congressional delegates to support efforts to overrule the Citizens United decision by amending the U.S. Constitution, and it instructs Colorado legislators to support an amendment to overturn Citizens United.

You can find the full text of the amendment here.

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The Money behind CO Amendment 64

What’s in it?

Amendment 64* would legalize the sale and possession of marijuana for adults age 21 and over. Marijuana would be regulated in the same way alcohol is regulated. A tax would be levied on the sale. The first $40 million in revenue annually would be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund.” It would also allow for the industrial cultivation of hemp, a plant similar to marijuana but containing significantly less THC – the psychoactive chemical.

You can find the full text of the amendment here.

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The Money behind CO Amendment S

Amendment S:

This amendment hasn’t been getting much attention in CO, and that may be because it’s not so easy to understand. We’ve even heard that there is confusion on whether it hurts or helps Colorado employees. Here we’ve laid out the funding behind the supporters and opposition and let you decide*.

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Monsanto Pays to Hide GMO's

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One state proposition getting national headlines this election is Prop 37 in California. A “yes” vote would require labeling (with some exemptions) on all raw or processed foods containing ingredients from plants or animals with some kind of genetic change or modification. Those foods could also no longer be labeled as “natural.”

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Wal-Mart Spends Big to Stop Unionization

One day after Wal-Mart employees launched the first second-ever strike (the first-ever was last week) against the company, workers today, are threatening disruptions on Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year and a huge money maker for the corporation. Two-hundred non-unionized workers, some who are on strike right now, are meeting outside the annual investor’s meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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It's getting down to the wire

It's really getting down to the wire. If you have not registered to vote yet, today may be your last chance. In most states, today, Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote.

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Famous Quotes on the Importance of Voting

Voting is important for a working democracy.

Protect your vote by signing our petition calling on Congress to say NO to special interest PAC money.

We could shout it from the rooftops on a daily basis, but don’t take it from us. Take it from these guys and gals (you may have heard of a few):

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Presidential Debate Watch Parties

If you don't attend the University of Denver and therefore, did not get a ticket to the debate, you'll be watching it on T.V. like the rest of us. But if you want to get together with others to watch it, here are a few watch parties going on in the area:

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Trevor Potter on Moyers & Company

This Friday, we don't have a Colbert clip, but we do have the next best thing: his super PAC lawyer, Trevor Potter! Last week's episode of Moyers & Company, featuring Mr. Potter, discusses all the ways money is taking over our elections and eroding democracy.

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Megaphone

Imagine that because you are interested, and feel a citizen’s sense of responsibility, you go to your town meeting where policy matters are going to be decided for your neighborhood—issues related to educating the kids, having clean air and water and a good employment environment.

 

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Register to vote today!

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