Green Party Blasts Supreme Court's Ruling on Campaign Contributions, Calls for Public Campaign Financing
From the Green Party of the United States: Candidates and other members of the Green Party of the United States sharply criticized a Supreme Court decision declaring limits on the total amount of money contributors may give to all candidates, committees, and political parties to be unconstitutional, which was announced on April 2."The court's ruling on McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission is a victory for plutocrats and a serious blow to democracy," said Paul Glover, Green Party candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania."The McCutcheon ruling enables a dangerous expansion of the right of the 1% to undermine fair elections. It allows the wealthiest far greater control over which candidates will be chosen by parties and over the outcome of elections. It ensures that the most powerful corporations will have even greater influence over the legislative decisions made by politicians of the two corporate-money parties," said Mr. Glover.The Green Party supports public funding of federal, state, and local campaigns and a constitutional amendment that limits rights and protections to human beings. Greens insist that the U.S. Constitution must protect people, not corporations and the privileges of the super-rich.Read the full release here...
From the Green Party of the United States: Ugh. This morning the Supreme Court released its decision in the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case, striking down current limits on the amount an individual donor may contribute to political campaigns. The majority of the justices decided that the right to free speech includes the right to spend money on political campaigns. Although reasonable campaign finance rules had already been gutted by the 2010 Citizens United decision, today's decision reinforces the idea that money is speech and the richest 1% of Americans should have the right to buy and sell limitless political influence.In contrast, the Green Party continues to work for a truly democratic electoral system including public financing of federal, state, and local elections. We support a Constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are NOT persons and money is NOT speech. Finally, it is important to have a vigorous, well-funded government watchdog empowered to enforce federal campaign laws. The Green Party is working to overturn the new regime of corporate elections. Citizens United allowed unlimited spending on independent campaigning, and now McCutcheon has struck down more limits on contributions to candidates and elected officials. Join us as we work to end the madness!
From the Green Party of the United States: The Green Party is holding our Annual National Meeting in Saint Paul, Minnesota this July, and we hope you will attend! The meeting will be a great place to connect with hundreds of Greens from across the country, see Green elected officials and candidates, and learn new campaigning and organizing skills. Early registration is open until Monday, March 31st. Take advantage of low prices by registering now! Click here to register today! As we celebrate a milestone anniversary in our party's history, the theme of this year's meeting is Back to Our Roots: People. Planet. Principles. Join us as we celebrate 30 years of Green Party organizing in the United States! We are working to shedule informative workshops on party-building skills, candidate training, and Green issues. Our first confirmed speaker is Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics and other works on civilization, consciousness, and cultural evolution. This year's meeting will be held on the campus of Macalester College from July 24-27, 2014. Lodging and meals will be available in university facilities. You can purchase meals plans and lodging here. Click here to register now to take advantage of early registration rates. We'll see you this July in Saint Paul!
The U.S. and NATO must cease meddling in Ukraine and attempting to manipulate the Crimean crisis for geopolitical advantage, said leaders of the Green Party of the United States.Greens said that the complex crisis must be resolved by Ukraine, Russia, and other countries in the region, and that the U.S. should encourage negotiation and respect the democratic rights of Ukrainians without outside interference. Such interference includes military and economic pressure.Read the full statement here.
The Green Party of the United States is seeking proposed amendments for the party's national platform. According to the national party's rules, amendments can only be proposed by a state party, caucus, or committee. The Maryland Green Party is currently considering amendments to submit. If you would like to suggest a specific amendment to the Green Party platform, please e-mail your proposal to the Maryland Green Party at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Guidelines for proposing amendments are available here. Proposals will be discussed and voted on by the Green National Committee this summer.