This year, a grassroots organization is hoping to turn Tax Day, April 15 into Representation Day. Represent.Us has announced that more than 30 chapters of their nonpartisan anti-corruption organization will participate in a “national day of action” to mobilize Americans against the corrupting influence of money in politics.
“Change won’t come from a broken Washington. That is why communities all around the country are reclaiming tax day as Representation Day and launching campaigns to pass Anti-Corruption Acts and Resolutions,” said Josh Silver, Director of Represent.Us. “By passing reforms at the state and local level, we can both protect our own communities from corruption and send politicians to Washington D.C. who will fight for the will of The People – not special interests.”
There are now 39 local Represent.Us chapters, up from 12 at this time last year. More than 3,200 people have volunteered to participate in this year’s Representation Day — well over twice as many as last year.
A few facts provided by Represent.Us about the current effect of money in politics:
• Members of Congress spend 30 to 75% of their time fundraising.
• Just 0.12% of the population made $200 or more in political contributions in the last election cycle.
• Congress does what the wealthiest 10% want 140 times more than it does what all other voters want.
• And a Princeton study shows the bottom 90% of American income earners have “near-zero, statistically non-significant impact on congress,” i.e. taxation without representation.
• Special Interests spent $10.4 Million per day on campaign contributions and lobbying to influence congress in the 2014 midterm elections.