Thursday, January 17, 2013

A different 1%

"The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy." Woodrow Wilson

HEY WOODROW, true in your time; way worse today! 

Today I spent all afternoon "on the hill" as they call the seat of state government here in Iowa to try to work to change that. I attended a committee meeting and press conference hosted by the Iowa Public Information Research Group in support of 1) amending Citizens United 2) legislation that mandates complete campaign finance transparency from every candidate who campaigns in Iowa for any elected office 3) making a public financing option available for elections.

In the process I met State Senator Jeff Danielson, a Democrat from Waterloo, Iowa. He spoke fervently about the need for such legislation and in fact introduced a bill to that effect in the 2012 session that passed the Senate, but unfortunately failed on the House side. Jeff told the group that we "aren't normal" (tell me something I don't already know about myself) — however in this case because we're the 1% who engage in the process of government by showing up and talking with those who represent us. 

I was pretty impressed by Mr. Danielson: bold, articulate, student of the process, Navy veteran and firefighter; I think we're looking at higher office potential here.

State Senator Jeff Danielson

At the press conference, State Senator Pam Jochum spoke about her efforts to make government truly representational by working for campaign finance reform and transparency in government. Pam was sworn in just two days ago as the first ever female President of the Iowa State Senate. Yay Pam!! Pam and I attended the National Democratic Convention together in Atlanta in 1984.
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