After a polarizing four years, a Capitol riot, and a contentious election, systemic political reforms feel more essential than ever. Fortunately, there is new hope for political reform in 2021. In this episode we discuss why the last four years were not hospitable to systemic reforms, why we expect the next four years to be better, and specifically where the movement for a campaign finance reform amendment goes from here. We also consider why Congressional Republicans are so different than Republican voters. And provide an update on how you can get involved in the fight for a campaign finance reform amendment.
We’ve got something for everyone in this episode, starting with an update on the progress of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact–which new states have joined? How many more electoral votes until the compact goes into effect? Then at the 9 minute mark we turn to publicly financed elections in Los Angeles and the pros and cons of public financing in general. At 20:45, turn in as we discuss two of the most common counterarguments against a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. Sit back, listen, and enjoy the latest episodes of the Citizens Take Action Podcast.
President and founder of Trailblazers PAC Leslie Danks Burke joins the podcast to explain how their organization supports candidates who support clean money. Learn more about their work, Leslie’s experience running for office, and how voters respond to candidates who embrace campaign finance reform. Leslie and David also discuss the impact of money in local elections, which, spoiler alert, may be bigger than you think.
House Democrats recently passed HR1, an “anti-corruption” bill. What does it actually do? What are its chances of success? How does it fit in with the movement for a constitutional amendment? Answers to those questions and more in the latest episode of the Citizens Take Action Podcast with guest Jon Landis.
Marshall James of Citizens Climate Lobby discusses his journey into political activism and what Citizens’ Climate Lobby is doing to fight climate change in Congress. So if you’re politically curious but want to become politically active, or you’d like to learn more about the leading legislation to fight climate change, press play and enjoy our fifth episode!
David Edward Burke and Jon Landis consider the question of whether an amendment to get big money out of politics should abolish all corporate constitutional rights. Is it necessary? Is it practical? Find out all that and more in this third episode of the Citizens Take Action podcast!