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One Community Beat Big Money on Election Day. Here’s How They Did It. | Represent.Us

One Community Beat Big Money on Election Day. Here’s How They Did It.

The Tallahassee campaign was a departure from the traditional approach to money in politics reform in three big ways. First, reform advocates framed the debate around fighting corruption and cronyism rather than “campaign finance reform” or “saving democracy.” Second, they formed a real right-left coalition that included the Tea Party Network, the Florida Alliance of Retired Americans, and local chapters of the League of Women Voters and Common Cause — bringing together progressives and conservatives willing to put their differences aside and work together. And finally, they refused to settle for piecemeal reforms and pushed for bold, transformative change in one fell swoop….

A real movement is on the rise to pass more anti-corruption laws and resolutions, and it all starts at home, in your city or town. This is the most important and effective thing you can do: draw inspiration from victories like Tallahassee, and help replicate them in your community. We’re taking this fight to more cities and states in 2015, 2016, and beyond — and we won’t stop until we hit Washington, D.C.

We have found the winning strategy. Now it’s time to make it happen.

Josh Silver – Director, Represent.US

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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