“Not 2 B Used 4 Buying Elections
,” that’s the slogan stamped in red ink on every single dollar in my wallet. I started StampStampede.org
in 2012 to provide a simple, highly effective tool anyone, anytime, anywhere can use to make their voice heard and demand an end to the broken system of pay-to-play politics in Washington.
Thanks to the help of over 140 major national organizations committed to this fight, big money in politics has become the sleeper issue of the 2016 presidential election, according to the Washington Post.
In New Hampshire, Iowa and other early primary states, both liberals and conservatives are enlisting themselves in the fight against big money’s monstrous invasion into our political system.
Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) guardedly commented
on the problem of untraceable political donations, while other Republicans like Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) endorsed a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Graham said
, “There’s going to be a need and a movement to try to control the money in politics.”
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton named campaign finance reform as one of the “four big fights” of her campaign. The latest Democratic contender Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has already spent years of his political career advocating for stronger campaign spending laws.
After decades of people-power and patient but aggressive citizen-activism, the contestants for the highest office in this nation recognize they need to make this issue one of their campaign priorities.
Across the country, 16 states and over 650 towns have passed resolutions in support of getting rid of unlimited donations by billionaires and corporations from California to West Virginia. Millions of volunteers have gathered signatures and contacted their legislators. NH Rebellion has put down roots in New Hampshire to train local volunteers on how to corner candidates and demand solutions to this issue as every one of them pass through this critical battleground state.
Handing a stamped bill to Presidential candidate and former Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley
At Stamp Stampede, we’re making sure every candidate feels the pressure of people-power. Every dollar bill that’s stamped is seen by approximately 875 people. That means if 1 person stamps 4 bills a day for a year, the message will reach 1 million people. With tens of thousands of people stamping, we’re creating a visual petition on steroids that Congress cannot ignore.
The American people have shown how our united efforts can strong-arm politicians into taking up this issue from their bully pulpit. We must now make sure they back-up their claims with real changes once they are in office. We have to continue our activism and not stand idly by as corporations and a few self-interested billionaires destroy the integrity of our elections, and the legitimacy of our republic.