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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The Aug/Sept Advocate is here. Now that the primaries have wrapped up, it’s all about November’s mid-term elections. We have a conversation about voter suppression with Keesha Gaskins-Nathan, Democratic Practices Director of the Rockefeller Bros Fund, coming up in September. Self-styled “Patriots” are spreading disinformation around the state based on the Big Lie about election fraud. (Hint: fraud has occurred in MN elections at an almost unmeasurably small rate.) Our bedrock right to vote in free and fair elections is under attack, and there are ways to combat the lies and help preserve our trustworthy system–used successfully by 80 percent of eligible voters in 2020. (We can do even better with automatic voter registration.) We have questions for candidates; you can ask them! We have a link to Vote Forward; they’ll help you complete short, non-partisan letters to encourage low-turnout voters to cast ballots in November. Take courage from the brave people testifying to the January 6 committee. Democracy is not a blessing bestowed upon a passive population. We all have to defend it–peaceably!
Happy 57th anniversary this week to the Voting Rights Act! Celebrate by voting in Tuesday’s primary and encouraging friends and neighbors to do the same.
The update for the week of August 8 includes actions you can take; a report about August 3rd Senate Hearings on threats to election workers and the Electoral Count Act; a Twitter feed that summarizes an excellent book on the rise of autocracy in statehouses; the connection between the American right’s agenda and Victor Orbán‘s anti-democratic playbook; and a writer challenges us to be inspired by testifiers at the January 6th hearings and make a pledge to fight for our democracy. Don’t miss this video of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse connecting the dates of dark money, threats to election workers, and election denial. And find out why “It’s the Statehouses, Stupid!”
Now available: the June-July Issue of the Clean Elections Advocate. Featured in this issue: Announcement of the national “Senior to Senior” campaign to encourage older voters to register young voters–a project of “Third Act,” a Bill McKibben venture to harness the expertise of the “over 60” crowd; Analysis of the “little red box” strategy some Democratic campaigners are using to sneak around the restrictions on collaborating with Super PACs; Reprint of founding member George Beck’s LET promoting the virtues of ranked-choice voting as a solution to extremist victories in primary elections; A review of Dionne and Rapoport’s book 100% Democracy promoting “civic duty voting”; And an editorial by Ron Bardal explaining the deleterious implications of the recent SCOTUS decision in Cruz v. FEC that allows unlimited reimbursement of a politician’s personal campaign loans after the election.
More than 100 friends of democracy gathered on July 23 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Columbia Park for the launch of “We Choose Us,” a collaborative campaign mobilizing to build a multiracial democracy. Clean Elections Minnesota is part of this exciting new campaign along with Minnesota Voice, LWVMN, Fair Vote, Isaiah, the 100% Campaign, Barbershop Black Congregation, Cooperative of ISAIAH, Jewish Community Action, New Justice Project, and others! Speakers included We Choose Us organizers, MN reps Jamie Long and Emma Greenman, and state senators Erin Murphy and Lindsey Port. Follow We Choose Us on Twitter and Instagram as well as their website.