Money in Politics

Participants in UUC’s Get Money Out of Politics (GMOP) group are alarmed by the undue influence of big money in politics and how that is undermining our democratic processes.

We want politics for the many, not the money. The group currently responds to short-term opportunities to meaningfully contribute to wider community political efforts to get money out of politics (expanded to “getting big money out of elections”).

We are currently supportive Initiative 735, a ballot initiative calling upon Washington’s congressional representatives in D.C. to pursue a constitutional amendment to reinstate campaign finance reform (reverse “Citizen’s United”), in concert with the WAMEND coalition.

Selected resources on money in politics

  • 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality Is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It. Chuck Collins, 2012
  • Corporations Are Not People. Jeffrey Clements, 2011
  • Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It. Lawrence Lessig, 2011
  • Winner Take All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, 2010
  • Bill Moyers’ Money and Politics series
  • UUC GMOP group’s own primer
  • Groups supporting a constitutional amendment and campaign finance reform

Contact co-coordinators, Sue Hildreth and Sharon Enga, for more information:

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