Rep. George Miller to Appear at Orinda Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, August 9

Rep. George Miller will appear at a town hall meeting focusing on "Getting Big Money Out of Politics" at the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way, on Thursday, August 9, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Rep. Miller will be introduced by State Senator Mark DeSaulnier. The program begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free for this event sponsored by the Lamorinda Democratic Club, assisted by Central Contra Costa County MoveOn Members.

Visit community groups' information tables, hear music, and have a snack.

To volunteer, bring a snack, or rsvp (not needed but helpful) contact Marie McDonald at mariemcd@earthlink.net.

Lamorinda Democratic Club Endorses AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act

After hearing a presentation during the November 10 Lamorinda Democratic Club business meeting about AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act, club members in attendance voted unanimously for the club to endorse the measure. This was consistent with the club's long-time support for Clean Money elections and campaign finance reform.

As the California Clean Money campaign explains,

AB 1148, the California DISCLOSE Act, would fight back against unlimited hidden spending on campaigns by letting voters know who REALLY is paying for political ads — on the ads themselves.  Authored by Assemblymember Julia Brownley and sponsored by the California Clean Money Campaign, AB 1148 would amend the Political Reform Act of 1974, and so can either be put into effect by a 2/3 vote of the legislature or a majority vote placing a measure on the ballot for the voters to decide.

The California DISCLOSE Act would require all political television ads, print ads, and websites to list their Top Five funders in a clear and unambiguous fashion.  The Top Two funders will be required to be listed on radio ads.

Requires the largest funder of television and radio ads to "stand by their ad".  For example, instead of saying, in small print, “Paid for by Stop Hidden Taxes – No on 25/Yes on 26, a coalition of taxpayers and employers…”, Yes on 26 ads would have said:  "I'm John Watson, CEO of Chevron, located in California.  Chevron helped pay for this message and approves it."

The California Clean Money Campaign and other supporters of the California DISCLOSE Act will be hosting a Legislative Campaign Kick-off event on January 7, 2012, from 10 a.m.-12 noon at Oakland City Hall. We will post more information about that event as the event date draws near. You can also preregister at www.YesFairElections.org.

Stop Whining!

Disappointed in our President's performance?  Hoped he'd be our "Savior"?  Hey!  Political Saviors don’t  exist!  Obama is just our latest elected official – nothing more or less.  Without an overwhelming army of us – without our continued sweat and money to back him up: he’s alone.
 
Look what resources and determination our opponents have mustered and the damages they have wrought in Congress and state legislatures. They have created massive foreclosures, exported our jobs, destabilized financial markets, let our public educational institutions become second rate, made healthcare less available and more expensive, made our environmental protection less secure. On the other hand, compared to 60 years ago, the wealthiest 1% lowered their tax rates by over 35%, but increased their wealth by nearly 400%.  
 
What must we do?

  • stop whining
  • stop blaming others
  • mobilize & engage (volunteer for whatever you can and donate money for your favorite candidate or campaign)

We have options:

Or, you can sit on your hands and get more of the same. Just stop whining!

Representative Van Hollen Sues FEC and Files Rulemaking Petition Over Ineffective Disclosure Rule

Here's an interesting story from the Campaign Legal Center about how Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission over a regulation that narrows the scope of disclosure requirements and allowed nonprofit groups to spend millions while keeping their donors secret.