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Breaking Free

We just released a step-by-step plan to transform our democracy: Breaking Free with Fair Elections: A New Declaration of Independence for CongressPublic Citizen and our coalition partners offer this manifesto to those who wonder: How can we make lawmakers more accountable to ordinary citizens?

The answer is a "Fair Elections" system – also called voluntary public funding – for congressional elections.  As we mentioned last week, Senator Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) and Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.) introduced landmark legislation to create a Fair Elections system for the Senate.  Our report tells the story of public funding and explains the architecture of the Fair Elections system, drawing on successes in the states.

People are taking notice of the new bill and important allies like the AFL-CIO, MoveOn.org, NAACP, National Council of Churches, and the League of Women Voters are joining the movement. Want to come along?


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Pat Sheehan

Onward and upward!


Drive out opposition parties! No 3rd party or independent candidates! Republicrats forever! Whooooot!

Steven Reed

Your group looks like the best election site on the web---keep up the good work---p.s. Can you do an article on our efforts?


I need your help. Will you consider putting a comment on the News-Leader blog
and asking others to do the same.

This is the link:


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