October 2014 Enews

CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT...IDEA OF THE MONTH…CITIZENS RISING...MONEY ON MY MIND...PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH...QUOTES OF THE MONTH...FACTS YOU CAN USE CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT – VASSAR COLLEGE Vassar College's DM chapter, founded in 2003, is still going strong! Last month during Freshman Orientation, DMers successfully registered over 250 students to vote. Now they are continuing to register students, and are organizing events for Election Day to get them to the polls. The chapter has already begun its semester-long film series, screening films related to money in politics like Kochs Brothers Exposed and Pricele$$. They've invited Harvard Law Professor Larry Lessig to speak on campus, and are scheduling a lecture series by their own Vassar faculty linking money in politics to issues like income inequality, the environment, funding for higher education and more. With a growing membership they have big ... Read More

New York, New York

In New York City, candidates for city offices who voluntarily choose to participate in that city’s public funding system receive $6.00 in public funds for each $1.00 received in small donations (up to a limit of $3.5 million for mayoral candidates). In that system, a small donation is defined as the first $175 a city resident contributes to a candidate. Participating candidates must also observe limits on their spending and on the contributions they accept. The level of such limitations differs according to the office they seek. Candidates for mayor can accept the most money but other office-seekers less. There is much to approve of in that system, created in 1988. The New York City Campaign Finance Board argues that the system it administers “has enabled New Yorkers to choose leaders who reflect and understand the city’s evolving needs.” That system, it goes on, has “helped ensure that voters, not money, ... Read More