Greens Lobby To Promote Public Funding Of Elections

By Green Party of the United States, National Women’s Caucus
Posted by Kevin Zeese

Green Party members from across the country will converge on Washington, D.C., the week of April 1-5 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to lobby their senators and representatives to support public only funding for their campaigns. Greens will also encourage them to sponsor a congressional bill to free elections from bribery cash: special interest PACs, corporate and dark money donations. Green Party Public Funding Pledge.

Organizers say that the Green Party offers policies and a political approach designed to address the roots of the problem. Congressional Bill HR 1, ostensibly designed to provide public campaign funding, draws particular criticism from Greens.

Darlene Eliasa, a spokesperson for the National Women’s Caucus, explains: “The current bill HR 1 on campaign funding is calculated to eliminate federal matching funds for third party and independent candidates by raising the qualifying amount for federal matching funds from $5,000 in 20 states to $25,000 in 20 states. Among other drawbacks, HR 1 would cut funding for the Green Party presidential candidate and hamper their chances of getting state ballot access, thereby preventing other Green candidates from running for local office.”

Green Party leaders will gather on the steps of the Supreme Court for a press conference on April 3 at 3:00 p.m.

Green Party leaders will also host an informative event later in the evening from 6-8 p.m. at Busboys and Poets at 450 K St. NW in Washington, D.C. on how the public funding of elections can save taxpayers money.

Emcee: Darlene Elias – Spokesperson for the National Women’s Caucus of The Green Party of the United States
Howie Hawkins – The first U.S. candidate to run on the original Green New Deal
Craig Holman – Public Citizen Campaign Finance Expert
Justin Jacoby Smith – Strategist at the Institute for Policy Studies
Darryl! C. Moch – Inner Light Ministries United Church of Christ – DC

Sponsored by the National Women’s Caucus of the Green Party of the United States

More: Interview with Lobby Week organizer Jennifer Sullivan on a Green Way Forward.

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About Kevin Zeese

Kevin Zeese is a public interest attorney who has worked for economic, racial and environmental justice as well as peace since graduating from George Washington Law School in 1980. He co-directs which works to build the independent movement for transformational change. Zeese co-hosts, Clearing the FOG a radio podcast which airs on We Act Radio, Progressive Radio Network, and other outlets.  He is recognized as a leading activist in the United States in the series Americans Who Tell the Truth. Zeese was an organizer of the Occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC in 2011.  He serves as president of Common Sense for Drug Policy and is a co-founder of the Drug Policy Foundation, now known as Drug Policy Alliance as well as a former director of NORML. He is a co-founder of Health Over Profit for Everyone which seeks to put in place National Improved Medicare for All. Zeese is an advocate of Internet Freedom and is a leader of the campaign for Title II Net Neutrality to ensure equal access and treatment for everyone on the Internet.  Zeese served on the steering committees of the Chelsea Manning Support Network which advocated for the Wikileaks whistleblower and is on the advisory board of the Courage Foundation which supports Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and other whistleblowers. Zeese is an election integrity advocate who a co-founded TrueVote Maryland which led a successful campaign to end the use of paperless voting machines in the state.  He has been active in independent and third party political campaigns including Peter Camejo for governor of California served as press secretary and spokesperson for Ralph Nader in 2004 and as a senior advisor to Jill Stein in 2016.  He ran for the US Senate in 2006; the only person ever nominated by the Green, Libertarian and Populist Parties of Maryland and the only person ever nominated by the Green and Libertarian Parties for a statewide office. Zeese served as Attorney General in the Green Shadow Cabinet.

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