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Received this e-mail today from Shenna Bellows (D. ME) campaign:
Jose Leiva/Sun Journal. Shenna Bellows a member of the committee of the NO on 1 Project Maine campaign speaks at the Great Fall Forum on Thursday at the Lewiston Public Library.
Ever since the devastating decision rendered in the Citizens United Supreme Court case, dark money and corporate greed have dominated elections.  Corporate money in our elections threatens to drown out the voices of real people.  It's time to restore grassroots democracy before it's too late.

We need Congress to pass the proposed legislation overturning Citizens United.  Add your name to our petition now.

You've likely seen a flurry of proposals for constitutional amendments that would overturn the ruling in Citizens United.  I led the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine for eight years, and I know how serious it is to propose an amendment to the Constitution.

That's why I'm specifically calling for us to pass the Harkin amendment, which would restore constitutional authority to the states and Congress to regulate campaign contributions and expenditures. The US Senate Judiciary Committee just held a hearing on this amendment yesterday, and now we need your support to pass it.

Sign our petition telling Congress to pass the Harkin Amendment now. The Supreme Court made the wrong call on the Citizens United case, and now we have a chance to restore the constitutional authority that was wrongly taken from us.

Our campaign for the US Senate here in Maine has been funded almost entirely by the grassroots.  In fact, more than 84% of our donations were $50 or less, and more than 10,000 people have contributed. This is what elections should be about: everyday people supporting the candidates and campaigns they care about, not massive corporate PAC checks overrunning the system with dark money.  Please add your name to our petition, so that we can restore citizen democracy; let's put electoral power back in the hands of the people.

Thanks and take care,

P.S. To further show your support for the power of everyday American voices, please consider making a $5 donation to our grassroots campaign. We aren't taking big corporate PAC money, and we need your donations to get our message out to the voters. Click here to make your donation today.

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Originally posted to pdc on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 05:24 PM PDT.

Also republished by BellowsforSenate and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 05:24:39 PM PDT

  •  legislation and amendment are forks in the road. (0+ / 0-)

    legislation means Congress uses its undiminished power to defend its Art 1 power to regulate elections and strip Court jurisdiction under Art. 3. But that's apparently not what Harkin contemplates. Rather he suggests inaccurately that the Constitution is deficient and Congress is powerless and a constitutional amendment approved by the states is required. Add to that lie. yesterday's Waterloo wherein it was revealed to be politically impossible to accomplish, with likely 20 to 25 states opposing. Asking for money to chase this lost cause is another instance of the peculiarly corrupt system the Democratic Party perpetuates, having lost its legitimacy to fight corruption.

    •  She’s asking for money for her campaign, (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Musial, slakn1

      which is a different animal altogether.

      •  A real senator would propose legislation in (0+ / 0-)

        Congress to abrogate Buckley and progeny with proposed regulations protected by the exceptions clause. She's not actually running on something she would do as a senator in Congress, rather she proposes to pass the buck on to the states who are 100% certain not to approve. Is she personally guaranteeing TX, LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, TN, AR, KS, OK, MO, KY? That's not in the job description. Her job as senator is to get Congress to do something, which it isn't, and it appears she won't. What's galling is that her party calls itself Democratic, but regards its FDR/LBJ legislative legacy as being so over.  

  •  Bellows' grassroots campaign is the antithesis (0+ / 0-)

    of Collins' corporate PAC inside Washington game. There could be no clearer rebuke of the present way of doing business in DC than beating the incumbent. It might even help some Dems to get on board with a Progressive aganda.

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