“ Because my country — our country — means more than my money. ”

Charlie Fink, former AOL executive

 

Year In Review: 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, let’s take a moment to look back at the major events that impacted the state of the economy – and the national conversation around our three core issues – as we enter the new year, and the many policy developments this year that are giving us hope for better, brighter decade to come. 

Just Pay Your Taxes, Mr. Bezos

A couple weeks ago, billionaire Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he would be donating $98.5 million to charitable organizations to fight homelessness across the United States. While the move garnered Bezos a fair bit of glowing press coverage, we have reservations about celebrating the world’s richest man for using the spectacle of philanthropy as a political shield against paying his fair share in taxes.

Rich people are not the cause of a robust economy, they are the result of a robust economy. Ron Garret, Patriotic Millionaire and Angel Investor

 


Twitter

12 hours ago
10 years ago today, the Citizens United decision gave the green light for money to pollute our political process.

#EndCitizensUnited now and get big money out of politics. https://t.co/lve5OJAeVw
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14 hours ago
#CitizensUnited created a shift in the way the rich try to influence elections.

Wealthy mega-donors aren’t new, but in a post-Citizens United America where money = free speech – their money drowns out the voice of the other 99% Americans.
https://t.co/8fLS13HSEW
15 hours ago
10 years ago, the Supreme Court made the Citizens United decision to open up the floodgates for money in our political system.

In 2018 alone, the top 1% of super PAC donors accounted for 96% of super PAC funding.

We must get big money out of politics and #EndCitizensUnited!