Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Green Party: Support Public Financing over Corporate Cash!

Dear Green friend,

The Supreme Court just made another ruling allowing unlimited corporate money into state and local elections. The justices had an opportunity to revisit the awful decision they made in Citizens United, but chose corporate greed over democracy for a second time. It’s up to principled parties and candidates, like the Green Party, to voluntarily reject corporate cash.

As the Green Party presidential campaigns roll toward Baltimore, several candidates are working to win public matching funds to support their efforts. If they are able to raise $5,000 in small increments from 20 different states, they will qualify for public financing. That's double the funds available for advertising, ballot access support, and staff to travel the country and promote the Green Party.

One of those candidates, Jill Stein, is approaching this goal and needs a last-minute push to win matching funds. Her campaign has reached the threshold in 13 states and only needs $7,000 more in 7 key states (OH, NC, NM, FL, CO, VA, and CT). When she qualifies for public financing, donations up to $250 from all donors will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the public funds.

Candidates Roseanne Barr and Kent Mesplay are also raising funds on behalf of their campaigns.
Our national convention is just three weeks away! On July 14th in Baltimore, MD, delegates from around the country will gather to nominate the Green Party's 2012 candidate for President of the United States. For many Greens around the country, this may be the only time they get to see the Green Party on their ballot this year. In many states, our Presidential nominee's performance is a critical measure for winning permanent ballot access for all Green candidates. We hope you will join us in this historic nomination.

No matter who wins the nomination next month in Baltimore, we want more candidates speaking out about the Green party and its key role in transforming American politics.

Thank you for your support of the Green Party and all its candidates.

Source: Green Party e-letter

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