We’re now working very hard on the documentary part of the Moneyocracy-project.
It’ll be 90 min long and will include a wide range of interviewees who will drive us into the campaign finance system that the 2010 Supreme Court decision “Citizens United v.FEC” created.
Here’s the list of the people included in our documentary:
- Campaign Finance Expert, Former Commissioner & Chairman of Federal Election Commission and Attorney, Trevor Potter (@thetrevorpotter)
- Former FEC Data analyst and Senior Fellow at the Center for Responsive Politics, Bob Biersack (@rbiersack)
- Senior Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, Adam Skaggs (@jadamskaggs)
- Co-founder of Creative Commons and law professor, Lawrence Lessig (@Lessig)
- Political Columnist Walter Shapiro (@waltershapiroPD)
- Managing Director at Civic Forum Strategies & Co-Founder of ProjectVirginia and Chairman of CivicForumPAC, Ford O’Connell (@FordOConnell)
- Co-Founder and Executive Director of Free Speech For People, John Bonifaz (@johnbonifaz)
- Reporter @HuffingtonPost covering campaign finance, Paul Blumenthal (@PaulBlu)
- Lawyer and policy advocate for Demos.org, Adam Lioz (@Demos_org)
- Chair of Political Science at the Baldwin-Wallace University (OH), Tom Sutton.
Stay tuned for more, the release date and promotional material.
Thanks for your support!
And here it is! The first chapter of the Moneyocracy transmedia documentary project is now online on www.moneyocracy-project.com. Combining a comic experience, a serious game and a documentary, ROOM 501C4 immerses you into a secret organisation that prepares the next election cycle. Influence, money, secret, discover what made the 2012 U.S elections so special.
ROOM 501c4 is an introduction to an upcoming documentary focusing on the place of money in politics & the U.S democracy. Super PACs, Citizens United v. FEC and donors disclosure are among the topics these two segment will try to explain.
Because of the Citizens United decision, Karl Rove and the Republicans are looking forward to a breakfast the day after the election. They are going to assemble 17 angry old white men for breakfast, some of them will slobber in their food, some will have scrambled eggs, some will have oatmeal, their teeth are gone. But these 17 angry old white men will say, ‘Hey, we just bought America. Wasn’t so bad. We still have a whole lot of money left.’
To visualize the relationships among political contributions, The Wall Street Journal used social network software to map more than a million records of donor data tracked by the Federal Election Commission.
Here’s a very interesting piece wrote by Matt Bai in the New York Times magazine section.
Citizens United and a couple of related court decisions changed all of this in two essential ways (…) First, the Supreme Court wiped away much of the rigmarole about “express advocacy” and “electioneering.” Now any outside group can use corporate money to make a direct case for who deserves your vote and why, and they can do so right up to Election Day. The second change is that the old 527s have now been made effectively obsolete, replaced by the super PAC. The main difference between a super PAC and a social-welfare group, practically speaking, is that a super PAC has to disclose the identity of its donors, while social-welfare groups generally do not.
It is necessary that laws should be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more necessary that such laws should be thoroughly enforced. Corporate expenditures for political purposes, and especially such expenditures by public-service corporations, have supplied one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs.
…the most astounding fact that has emerged since the Citizens United decision is that just 17 people have given over half the money to the Republican super PAC. There is very little disclosure, and there are huge amounts of money cascading in from a small few.” - Sen. Schumer
Sen. Chuck Schumer last night on the floor of the Senate, on the need for campaign finance reform and the DISCLOSE Act
Numbers of the day:
Only 0.26% of the Americans contributes to political campaign and only 0.05% max their $2500 limit…. 0.000063% of Americans gives 80% of the Super PACs money. More on the Rachel Maddow show
Super rich alienate nearly all Americans from campaign donation
Rachel Maddow relays the findings of a new study showing that vast minority of Americans contribute to political campaigns and an even tinier minority contributes five figures or more- and why would an average American bother to participate in a system where such a small number wield such disproportionate power?