Category Archives: Legislation

Money in Politics: Empirical evidence for what we all know

I just finished reading two papers that show without any doubt that money in politics is an excellent investment. Economic elites, and organized groups representing business interests, have substantial impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens … Continue reading

Posted in Contacting Legislators, Money in Politics | Leave a comment

Democracy For All Amendment

A Senate vote on the Democracy For All Amendment (S.J. Res. 19) will take place on September 8, 2014.  Below is the text of the amendment.  Please call or email Senator Cornyn (202) 224-2934 or email Senator Cruz (202) 224-5922 … Continue reading

Posted in Constitutional Amendment, Contacting Legislators, Legislation, Money in Politics | 1 Comment

H.R. 20: the Government By the People Act

Introduced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman John Sarbanes (D, MD) with over 100 original cosponsors, this bill is the latest in a series of plans to offset the political influence purchased by big-money campaign contributors and “independent” … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Elections, Corporate influence, Legislation, Money in Politics | Leave a comment

San Antonio Federal Judges: 2014 Primaries Can Use 83rd Lege Session Approved Maps.

The state’s 2014 primaries will be held using the congressional and legislative maps approved by lawmakers this summer, a federal panel of judges ruled Friday. The San Antonio-based judges said they didn’t have time to finally settle the legal disputes over … Continue reading

Posted in Legislation | Leave a comment

Groups in Austin building a coalition against ALEC

When:  Monday, August 5th at 7 PM Where: On the Austin City Hall Plaza What: Planning for a visual solidarity action. Action will tentatively take place under the Rotunda at the Texas State Capitol on Friday, August 9th at 1 PM. In … Continue reading

Posted in Corporate influence, Events, Legislation, Voting rights | Leave a comment

Public Funding of Elections in New York State

The State of New York is the scene of a vigorous legislative drive for small-donor public financing of political campaigns. Recently endorsed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the legislation would make New York the largest state to match small donors’ contributions … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Elections, Legislation, Money in Politics | Leave a comment

Lobbying to make a difference

Over 40 people from around the state [Austin, Corpus Christi, Houston, Irving, Garland, Caldwell County, and San Antonio] gathered at the Texas Capitol on March 18 for a Texans United to Amend Lobby Day, lobbying in support of three Texas Legislature … Continue reading

Posted in Constitutional Amendment, Contacting Legislators, Money in Politics | Leave a comment

Celebrate our success at Austin City Hall.

On January 17, 2013 the Austin City Council unanimously approved the Central Texans United To Amend (CTUTA) resolution calling for a Constitution Amendment ensuring that money is not speech and that the use of funds by artificial entities to influence … Continue reading

Posted in Constitutional Amendment, Corporate influence, Legislation, Money in Politics | Leave a comment

Priority Issues Before the Texas Legislature’s 83rd Session

The December 1, 2012 Coffee Party Austin meeting consisted of a conversation with Texas Representative Donna Howard about the likely priority issues before the 83rd legislative session. These notes have not been vetted by Rep. Howard, who is therefore not … Continue reading

Posted in Events, Legislation | Leave a comment

How To Fight Citizens United

Ever since the Citizens United ruling opened the floodgates to unlimited political spending, many organizations, including Coffee Party Austin and its partners in Texans United to Amend, have been working hard to turn back the tide . Bill Moyers suggests seven … Continue reading

Posted in Clean Elections, Constitutional Amendment, Money in Politics | Leave a comment