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In this update: 1. A great way to help the Democracy Campaign 2. Intensifying the push to dump Citizens United 3. Breakthrough on campaign funding disclosure comes at local level Become a Democracy Defender

Email date: 9/26/13

In this update:
1. A great way to help the Democracy Campaign
2. Intensifying the push to dump Citizens United
3. Breakthrough on campaign funding disclosure comes at local level

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A great way to help the Democracy Campaign
We need your help. Following the money costs money. Speaking truth to power isn’t free either. We need the sustained support of a great many people to keep pushing democracy the way we have since 1995. If you haven’t already done so, please consider becoming a democracy defender and signing up to make automatic monthly or quarterly gifts to the Democracy Campaign.

After we learned over the holidays that we were losing a major source of funding that had amounted to more than half of our income, an amazing thing happened. The number of WDC supporters who are signed up to make automatic tax-deductible donations has tripled since January.

To join the ranks of our defenders, go to our online donation form and choose a donation amount. Under “donation type” switch from the default option of “one-time donation” to “recurring donation.” Then use the drop-down menu to designate whether you want to make your automatic credit card donation each month or every three months. It’s as easy as that. And it’s a way to help provide the Democracy Campaign an ongoing flow of funding that we can count on.

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Intensifying the push to dump Citizens United
Save the date: The “Money Out, Voters In” coalition of more than 30 Wisconsin groups including the Democracy Campaign is planning to rally at the State Capitol on Tuesday, October 8 at 11 a.m. and we want you there with us. That’s the day the U.S. Supreme Court will be taking up a money in politics case that many are calling the next Citizens United.

In advance, we’re stepping up efforts to petition for legislation authorizing a statewide referendum in Wisconsin asking voters if they support amending the constitution to reverse the Citizens United ruling. Our coalition has set the goal of collecting more than 2,000 new signatures on our petition by October 8. If you haven’t already signed, please take a minute to do so today. If you’ve already added your name to the tens of thousands of others who are calling for a statewide vote, thank you. But we still need your help. We need you to ask friends, neighbors and other acquaintances to take action to overturn the first Citizens United and stop the next one.

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Breakthrough on campaign funding disclosure comes at local level
Last week the city of Madison established an ordinance requiring groups sponsoring election advertising to disclose their spending and their contributors. Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe was consulted and provided guidance on the ordinance’s language.