"We may have democracy, or we may have vast wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." -- Justice Louis Brandeis

"The practice of democracy is not transferred through the gene pool. It must be taught and learned anew by each generation of citizens." -- Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Minnesota Citizens for Clean Elections (MnCCE) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that promotes electoral and government policies which reflect the will of the people and not the power of money.

Jeff Clements Spoke in St. Paul About Reclaiming Our Democracy by Reversing Citizens United

Jeff Clements, president and co-founder of American Promise and author of Corporations Are Not People, spoke to a crowd of more than 70 people in the studios of SPNN on Saturday, February 17, 2018. The topic of the talk and subsequent Q & A was the need to amend the US Constitution to reverse the effects of Citizens United.  American Promise is a cross-partisan network of Americans working to establish the 28th Amendment to the Constitution "to end the tyranny of big money and special interests in our elections and government." An attorney, Jeff has been a partner in a major Boston law firm and has served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the public law enforcement bureau in the office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts. Clean Elections Minnesota co-sponsored the event. The proceedings will be broadcast on SPNN and a video will be available on You Tube.

Make a Difference!

Act now to support an effort in Minnesota to overturn the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United. Follow the link to a Clean Elections resolution to present to leaders in your municipality. For more information, contact Jim Herrick, jherrick512@gmail.com.

Come to a Saturday MnCCE Meeting (and bring a young friend)

February Meeting: Our first Saturday meeting on February 10 was, as hoped, a rousing success with nearly twice the attendance of our final Thursday-afternoon meeting in January. Thanks to all who came and helped us advance our goal to expand and diversify membership to include people with weekday commitments. Kathy Tomsich provided a detailed look at voter suppression tactics and ways to counter them. Thanks, Kathy.

March Meeting: March 3, 2018, 1 p.m., Hosmer Public Library, 347 E. 36th Street, Minneapolis. During the first 20 minutes there will be a presentation on the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board by Jeff Sigurdson, Executive Director of the Board.

Keep Thinking About Dark Money--and bring your thoughts to a club meeting

At the January meeting, the club decided to schedule another four discussions of Jane Mayer's Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. (See a brief description on our Resources page.)Dates: Monday, March 12, Tuesday, March 27, Monday, April 9, and Tuesday, April 24. Time of day remains the same (6:30 - 8 p.m.). For more information, contact Mary Morris, hayesmorris@gmail.com. Have a literary New Year!