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Springfield, IL — 11/6/13
A group of anti-corruption activists showered the Illinois State House of Representatives with thousands of fake dollar bills while calling for an end to the corruption plaguing government in Springfield and beyond. The activists held a banner that read “with liberty and justice for sale” from the House viewing gallery and called for comprehensive anti-corruption reforms in a state rocked by corruption scandals in recent years.
Our goal was to raise awareness about corruption. Looks like CBS News thought it was a success — watch their video! Additional coverage from The Chicago Sun Times, BND.com, and an AP story that ran in a dozen more outlets.
The group is led by veteran advocate Josh Silver, director of Represent.Us — a burgeoning national movement to advance sweeping money in politics reforms.
“While Illinois has made some progress in advancing rudimentary campaign finance reforms, there’s still a long way to go. Explosive scandals like the Blagojevich saga might grab headlines, but the real scandal is the loopholes that make corruption a fact of life in Illinois politics. Money talks in Illinois, so we decided to speak to House members in the only language they seem to understand.” – Josh Silver
The State Integrity Investigation, a collaborative project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International, gives Illinois a “C” on its latest corruption risk report card. While the report found some encouraging signs of progress, it also cites a laundry list of failings including loopholes in recent campaign reforms, weak financial disclosure laws, and a notable lack of meaningful action to combat conflicts of interest.
Lansing, MI — 10/23/13
- An AP story that was picked up by outlets from the Lansing State Journal to the San Francisco Gate (dozens of outlets picked up this story).
- A radio interview on Lansing’s 1320 WILS
- A great article + video on MLive (check out the comments — very supportive of the cause!)
- A story on Michigan Public Radio
- A post on eclectablog.com
- View from the ground captured by MLive.
The State Integrity Investigation, a collaborative project of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity and Public Radio International, gives Michigan an “F” on its latest corruption risk report card. The report cites a laundry list of failings, including weak campaign finance and lobbying laws as well as the fact that Michigan is one of just three states that lack asset disclosure requirements for top elected officials.
Albany, NY — 6/5/13
100s of volunteers from Albany and Western Massachusetts descended upon the NY State Capitol to make a bold statement in support of the New York Fair Elections Coalition. They’ve been fighting tirelessly to push the Fair Elections Act through the New York Legislature. If they succeed, it would set a national anti-corruption precedent and bolster our movement, so a group of Represent.Us volunteers and staff joined the action in Albany.