“We can either have democracy in this country, or we can have extreme wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.” – Justice Brandeis

“The government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more. The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result.” – Former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

“No one will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“For this nation to remain true to its principles, we cannot allow any American's vote to be denied, diluted, or defiled. The right to vote is the crown jewel of American liberties, and we will not see its luster diminished.” – Ronald Reagan

Clean Elections Minnesota is a non-profit, non-partisan group of Minnesotans concerned that the power of Big Money, Dark Money, and Corporate Money is overwhelming the public interest in local, state, and national elections. We're dedicated to educating ourselves and others about ways to maintain and enhance the democratic power of ordinary citizens. Follow us on Twitter (@CleanMinnesota) and like us on Facebook.

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Latest Posts

“Big Election Spenders” – Part 1

Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m. CST. This event with Richard Painter was the first in a series of American Promise sponsored events on Big Election Spenders. More information will appear here as it becomes available. If you missed Richard Painter in real time, go here for a recording. American Promise works nationally and in MN to promote a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution to overturn Citizens United. Like Clean Elections MN, American Promise believes corporations are not people and money is not speech. Click here to register for their monthly meeting, April 26. All friends of Clean Elections are invited.

“Money in Elections Matters”

May 4, 2021, Noon – 1 p.m. CST:

Clean Elections Chair George Beck will participate in a virtual event, a panel discussion of the influence of money in our politics. Also participating, Associate Professor Kathryn Pearson and Ricardo Lopez.

“Money is the gas that pays for consultants, staff, and advertising…. Not surprisingly, elected politicians remember who give cash.”

Click here for more information and to register (it’s free).

April 13: Conversation with author David Litt

April 13, 7:00-8:00 pm CST: David Litt, Obama speechwriter and author most recently of Democracy in One Book or Less–How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, was interviewed by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, Dave Hage. In the interview, Litt responded in depth and wittily to questions about recent voter suppression bills, gerrymandering, the Electoral College, election financing, and other issues plaguing our imperfect democracy. If you missed it, or just want to review the conversation, a link to a recording appears below. Thanks to David Litt, Dave Hage, Connie Lewis and Ken Peterson who organized the event, all everyone who watched.

Listen to the conversation.

Town Halls

FairVote Minnesota and Clean Elections MN launched a virtual Democracy Town Hall Series beginning on February 21 at 4 pm to explore solutions and provide opportunities for voters across Minnesota to hear from state leaders on critical issues including Ranked Choice Voting, campaign finance reform, anti-voter suppression laws, redistricting, restoring voters’ rights, and more.. Each town hall will feature special guests, including Attorney General Keith Ellison (2/21) and Representatives Angie Craig (2/28), Dean Phillips (3/21) and Ilhan Omar (3/28), as well many state legislative and other elected officials. Register for one or more Town Hall here, and share this invitation with friends and family through  www.facebook.com/fairvotemn/events

Democracy Town Hall Series Schedule, each from 4-5pm:

  • February 28 – Southern MN & South Metro w/ Congresswoman Angie Craig
  • March 14 – Greater Minnesota
  • March 21 – North & West Metro w/ Congressman Dean Phillips
  • March 28 – Minneapolis Metro w/ Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.