My attempt at remaining an independent journalist, Part 1: (To work for the man and save up or risk failing and start my own journalism website)

I’m a recently graduated (political science and journalism) independent journalist, and in the interest of staying one, I’m thinking about changing this and my other wordpress.com blogs into a network of blogs hosted under one roof.

In this period of both political and journalistic revolution, I would love to retain control of advertising and editing decisions to remain as independent as journalistically possible while still creating great and inciteful content. That way, I can focus on important issues mainstream media either can’t or won’t cover.

The country is in a major state of change and nearly every problem someone could have with our political system is derived from, or made harder to combat, because of money in politics.

Speical interests need their influenced scaled down in order to gain back a democracy meant to represent the people, not special interests. Whether Republican or Democrat, the system isn’t working.

On the lighter side, the Seattle area is ripe with political, civil and culturally unique perspectives worth sharing on a national and worldwide basis.

Seattle loves to be creative and recreational and in the future I would love to put together a general podcast (and/or niche podcasts) relating to different areas of the site, as well as local recreational coverage.

As of now, these are all goals to be met in the hopefully near future. If all worked out, reverse citizens united’s new site location would be something like theporterpost.com/reversecitizensunited.

Until then I will continue to do my best and dedicate all my extra time and passion into covering campaign finance reform from a Seattle area perspective.

I thank every repeat reader and peer who’s dedication is the only reason I could even think about accomplishing such a goal.

I want to know what everyone thinks, so here we go!

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Move to Amend touring with Neil Young

Via Naturalnews.com, Neil Young looks to bring activist groups further into notoriety with his latest tour. As the race towards the national election creeps up from still so long away, Young seems to hope this latest move will allow more light to be shed on the problem of money in politics.

Money in Politics A-Z: Pay2Play.tv releases latest tool in fight for campaign finance reform

With letters A-G already released, Pay2play.tv/a_to_z is a great new project released by the makers of the documentary Pay 2 Play.

Each one of the letters, released daily, contain links relating to the subject at hand and unique sponsors in support of a related cause, making the list appealing to everyone from the casual observer to the probing skeptic.

With great information and a well-organized style and launch, this latest tool against money in politics sheds light on the myriad of different ways money in politics affects every aspect of our lives. Together, through building the knowledge, and the support that naturally comes with it, we can get back our representative democracy.

Browse below for issues important to you, click a card to enter manual slideshow, or hover over auto slideshow at the bottom of this page.

-More letters posted every weekday

Honest Elections Seattle looks to raise the voice of the people

Corporate special interests and a wealthy donor class speak volumes in Seattle elections, Honest Elections Seattle looks to raise the voice of the people.

Passed by the city council on July 13 and on the November ballot, I-122 would be the first system in the U.S. that gives public money to citizens for their use in supporting the campaign of their choice.

However, because of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, they cannot make donations illegal or limit them in any way, and therefore it would be an opt-in system.

Candidates will have to agree to the donor limitations if they want to be eligible to receive vouchers from the public. In a progressive city like Seattle, this might work, but it certainly wouldn’t work in every city.

Citizens United and it’s subsequent rulings are still in control of our democracy, and this piece talks to members of wolf-pac.com Washington and their fight to amend the constitution in order to regain the voice of the many.

Seattle doesn’t have the Koch brothers or Super-PAC’s influencing their campaign like what’s being experienced on a national campaign level.

I-122, if passed, would give Seattle voters four $25 vouchers for them to split between the candidates in any combination they choose. In order to pay for the voucher system, the bill includes a 10-year property tax levy with $30 million collected in 2016.

Measures towards limiting the amount corporations and big donors would come in the form of limits to the contributions from entities receiving city contract totaling $250,000 or more as well as persons spending $5,000 or more for lobbying.

I-122 would also reduce the max amount of donations an individual can make to any one candidate to some of the lowest on the country: $800,000 for the mayor, $300,000 for citywide and district council members and $150,000 for city attorneys.

Additional measures include 24-hour reporting of electronic contributions, a required paid signature gatherer identification and limits to lobbying by former city officials.

Unfortunately, because of Citizens United, there are limits to the power of I-122. However, campaigns will only be eligible to receive the vouchers from citizens if they agree to the I-122 regulations.

Furthermore, if I-122 passes, donors still will be able to donate unlimited money beyond the vouchers which would simply allow those usually unable to participate in the process a stronger voice in their government than what is currently possible.

In a progressive city like Seattle, the possible negative repercussions to one’s campaign might be enough of an incentive to lure candidates into opting into the restrictions.

Bans on contributions from corporations who shovel money into lobbying the city and corporations with juicy city contracts while at the same time setting tighter campaign reporting deadlines and increased transparency.

The dismantling of the citizens united ruling would significantly strengthen a proposition like I-122. This would make it easier for cities and states all across the country to implement similar campaign finance laws, with those laws baring its teeth in a way that citizens united currently makes undoable.
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Campaign-Finance Reform: History and Timeline

Via infoplease.com: Campaign-Finance Reform: History and Timeline shows some of the most key stages in the campaign finance reform battle but only starts in 1890. Unfortunately, money in politics goes even further back than that! Via ctn.state.ct.us, Victor W. Geraci, PhD draws the timeline back as far as 1757 when: “(George) Washington was charged with a kind of campaign spending irregularity in his race for a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses. Said to have purchased and distributed during the campaign more than a quart of rum, beer, and hard cider per voter (391 voters in the district).”

Older piece with revised introduction:

Pictures of Killswitch “The Battle to Control the Internet” documentary premier in Seattle

The internet is an integral part of our future ability to shape the world into one which the common citizen’s interests are democratically represented, not the interests of corporations and the governments they cater to.

Lessig, featured quite often in the movie, is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School and founder of the New Hampshire rebellion. He was accompanied by, and spoke to, author and politician Marianne Williamson.

HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH PHOTOS, WILL RECOVER SOON!

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According to the events website “every dollar of those funds will be used to support the work of the New Hampshire Rebellion to reduce the corrupting influence of money in American politics.

Wa senator speaks up for campaign finance reform

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Senator Marko Liias of Washington’s 21st district hosted a public forum in which he spoke out against money in politics and pushed for the reversal of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United case.

Hosted by the league of women voters of Snohomish county, the forum focused around Senator Liias and his concerns over campaign financing and how we might fix it. Here is a short audio summary of the forums conversation with the Senator.

Bullet point and short video on public financing of campaigns

Published here on pay2play.tv is a good starting point for anyone wanting to know, in general, what public financing of

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campaign means and how it helps get money out of politics. Included on the post are links to specific state measures that are happening across the country and a short video featuring Lawrence Lessig, among others, speaking on the importance of public financing of campaigns.

brookings.edu article on Twitter being used to get around campaign finance laws

improvingtechnologypolicyAfter the Citizens United Supreme Court decision corporation’s independent expenditures have been unlimited.

This great article out of brookings.edu brings up two great general points at the end which give great contest to the recent news about campaign finance and social media.

It’s based on the story about both political parties being caught using Twitter to circumvent contribution limits put in place by Citizens United.