“Mayday” is the international distress signal – used by sailors when their ship is sinking. Our Democracy is trapped in a similar situation with nearly all political and economic activity controlled by corporations and a few billionaires.

If this situation frightens you, you must visit the Mayday Website to help take back our democracy by contributing to the crowd-funded Mayday SuperPAC.

What is the Mayday SuperPAC?
A PAC that will support congressional candidates in November 2014 who pledge to vote for public financing of congressional campaigns.

Who’s Behind It?
Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law Professor and hero of the political reform movement.

What’s the Ultimate Goal?
Fight systemic corruption fed by corporate-billionaire influence in Congress.

What’s the Ask?
Raise $5 million in $1 million increments by July 4th.

The Details
Congressional candidates in Oregon and every other state spend millions of dollars on their campaigns. Most of their money is donated by a small number of corporate and wealthy individuals’ Super PACs. And with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United and McCutcheon case decisions, the role of Big Money in politics is even more extreme. This is paralyzing our government, preventing it from addressing critical issues such as climate change, income and wealth inequality, decaying infrastructure and skyrocketing college costs. Our country is moving towards an oligarchy in which virtually all political and economic activity will be controlled by billionaires, like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson.

Lawrence Lessig in his 4-minute TED talk provides one of the best explanations of the corrosive influence of big money in politics. Lessig, a Harvard Law Professor, is a hero of the political reform movement. He has started a Super-PAC  with a goal of fighting the systemic corruption in Congress. It is being funded by a “Kickstarter” method,— a goal is set, and people who contribute are not charged unless and until the total pledged adds up to the announced goal. His initial goal was to raise $1 million in 30 days. That goal was reached in 13 days. The next goal is to raise $5 million in $1 million increments by July 4. Both of these amounts will be matched, increasing the total to $12 million to fund campaigns of 5 congressional candidates in November 2014 who will pledge to vote for public financing of congressional campaigns. If successful, this will establish the movement’s credibility and make the next $100 million goal for the 2016 Congressional elections possible.

For more information and to contribute, visit MayOne.us.

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