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.

Speakers:
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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