We have plans to start using Wolf-PAC and the importantce if its message to help our organic gasoline/diesel fuel production facility. We will start offering free presentations of the plant when the lab is finished. We will present how oil money in politics affects our business and why we need others to join the Wolf-PAC cause. Our Wolf-PAC business cards are a tool to help with this. We are located in Spring Hill/Brooksville, FL.
I decided to go with a ground game because I work a lot better with people face to face. I actually printed Wolf-PAC business cards with all of my contact info on it so I can help anyone that is willing to make an effort. I have more plans including presentations. I'll make updates here as they happen.
To see the front of the card, Click Here
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John Light wrote a piece on Bill Moyers website that validates my approach to contacting delegates. As one may suspect, mass emailing with a form letter is not effective. Phone calls and personal visits to the right staffer is where the rubber hits the road: http://billmoyers.com/2012/12/26/do-politicians-read-the-emails-you-send-them/
CU vs FEC is obviously not something that exclusively benefits republicans. Be sure to have your arrows in your quiver when speaking to conservatives regarding money in politics by showing you are hip to liberal dark money influence. Check out what Montana managed with this Pro-Publica article: http://www.propublica.org/article/in-montana-dark-money-helped-democrats-hold-a-key-senate-seat
Hey guys, so I was unable to catch the conference call yesterday, as I just got power back last night, due to a pretty bad snow/ice storm that hit a few days ago. I was hoping somebody could fill me in on anything significant I might have missed?? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
Kelly Linck (R)
"I don't think there is an impact - positive or negative."
Kathy Webb (D)
"Thanks for your email. Mr Bell. I'd like to see something done about corporate donations and super PAC's. I think the unlimited giving and particularly the giving to some independent entities where the donors aren't disclosed is bad. So short answer is yes. Am not sure if an amendment or an initiated act is the best way to go, but we do need to do something."
Donna Hutchinson State Representative District 98
I would be open to any proposal, but in the end it could produce little fruit. If you want ethics in government, you have to elect ethical people. If you elect folks who aren't, they will always find a way around it, and you'll just end up making it harder for those who are ethical. Rep. Meeks (R) Arkansas
Michael: Money is not a problem; we just need to know who is spending it on what candidate. There should be no limit on any person or organization (American--not foreign) can give to candidates. Organizations should be willing to list owners/board members--they are the guys who make the decisions concerning whom to support in elections. Everyone should be treated equally...does not matter if it is a person, business or labor union.
Some business are based in America, but board members are foreign. Owners/board members of television networks should also reveal if they have contributed to candidates. With investigations, some of this info can be gleaned, but the average citizen doesn't have access to it.
If you want more integrity in politics---establish term limits and reduce exceptions to just a handful that can apply to everyone. Big money buys politicians. Mr. Obama wishes to raise taxes on the rich---the powerful & rich will just buy a congressman who will pass an exemption for their rich benefactor, but average citizens emerging into a higher income bracket will face a huge loss. By eliminating exceptions, the rich WILL be paying higher taxes.
Forget subsidies. This is also a method used by the rich to gain funds from their political cronies. This includes the millions spent on the two national conventions.
Some voters are upset that Mr. Romney has accounts off shore---A wealthy Democrat senator, John Kerry, sponsored the bill that made this possible. Both parties play the same game.
Government should not control the political process because it is part of free enterprise. Newspapers, TV and radio stations, and millions of individuals make their living from the election process.
Government should protect the process but not control it. Controlling the amount of funds spent--is controlling the process.
Protection comes by establishing laws which apply equally to everyone and demanding transparency . It is then up to the citizens to study the issues and vote their conscience
Just some random thoughts--in no special order.
Arkansas State Representative
"I think it's very negative & unfortunately I will not be returning to the legislature because of the negative influence & dollars used to defeat me by AFP. And, I hope someone is able to do something about it, but it has to be done at the federal level, not state."
Good luck. Tiffany
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The "learn more" link on the main page is not working also I'm wondering why there isn't a link on the main page to sign in or at least to find friends page so we can sign in with FB? That would make it a lot easier.
Do we have Bumper Stickers? Something like Signup get a bumper sticker, volunteer get a T-shirt. That might be to much but bumper sticker would be cheaper than t-shirts and they would be noticed by the public. What do you all Think?
Let me begin by making a qualifying statement: I am not a psychologist... but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
I pride myself in being a good communicator- raising an autistic daughter as a single parent provided me a pretty damn good foundation- as a project manager in various industries, and as an officer in a very large non profit, those experiences provided me with what I feel are decent enhancements to communication where the parenting left off- or maybe it was the other way around?
Let me get to the point: Democrats and Republicans are very different in many ways, but one way that is overlooked is in how they think... what motivates them.
When I speak to liberal dominant people, I use facts, figures, data, and logic... when I speak with conservative people, I try to speak to the emotional aspects of the point... the feelings and the sentiments and traditional values that hold communities together to bring in the facts and logic... very gently and almost subliminally.
Rather than write a blog on how and why- I will offer a link to a piece by Chris Mooney who did it far better than I would have had I made an attempt.
Please read- twice even:
Trust me- it will help you when making those personal contacts and exchanges. Especially the liberal folks who wish to productively discuss this issue with conservative friends and family.
This isn't so much a sugguestion as it is a question, but the responses will hopefully make good tips. Does anyone have advice for approaching assistants? (I.E. people taking calls at offices) I have no idea how to deal with them and it just makes the whole process really awkward and unproductive.
These elected Officials are only responsible for their Districts and if you don't live in their districts then they really don't have to answer you, so you will have to appeal to them in a different way. Here are a couple of things I tried. I told them that this isn't a matter of just one district of Michigan and is in fact a national Issue. I also have said that this Issue is not a Republican or a Democrat Issue, It is an American Issue.
I also said: I am asking as a citizen of Michigan and of the United States as we are trying to fix a national problem. If these credentials are not satisfactory enough for you, then I am disappointed. Our Founding Fathers wrote into the Constitution that if our federal government ever became non-responsive to the needs of the American people, we are able to go through our state legislators to amend it. We truly feel our country has reached that point and I hope you will consider speaking to me about this issue or at least learning more about what we are trying to do.
You have to appeal to their common decency and what is right to get some of them to respond. I hope this helps and good luck to all.
Another thing is if you can get your Face Book Friends involved in calling Reps that would be great, especially if they live in another district of your state. All we need is their response to these to questions.
1. Do you believe that the influence of money in politics is a problem?
2. If so, would you be open to an amendment to the constitution to fix this problem?
You shouldn’t have any trouble getting your own Rep to respond because they will want you to vote for them again.
Here is a Template that I have used to get about 13 or 14 of the 110 Michigan state reps to respond. This is just a sugesstion, so use what you want and change the rest. At this point we're trying to document where these Reps stand on this Issue so we know what states we can focus on. I only have 1 rep tell me he doesn't think money is a problem. so I'm pumped up.
Hello Representative Smith,
I sent you an email a while back, but I never received a response. I know you are a very busy person, so I will make this short. We believe this is the most important Issue of our life time and this is not an issue concerning just one district of Michigan. I have already contacted my State Representative on this Issue and he has responded to me, so please do not forward this to him. All I’m looking for is your opinion on these 2 questions.
1. Do you believe that the influence of money in politics is a problem?
2. If so, would you be open to an amendment to the constitution to fix this problem
It is a known fact that 86% of all Americans believes that the influence of money in politics is a problem. I truly believe that if enough State Representatives can get on the same page we can actually fix this problem. I am working with a National group that is building a nation wide alliance of state representatives who are willing to fight for this vital and quite possibly most important issue of our lifetime in the United States. What is really more important than restoring true democracy to our country?
I am asking as a citizen of Michigan and of the United States as we are trying to fix a national problem. If these credentials are not satisfactory enough for you, then I am disappointed. Our Founding Fathers wrote into the Constitution that if our federal government ever became non-responsive to the needs of the American people, we are able to go through our state legislators to amend it. We truly feel our country has reached that point and I hope you will consider speaking to me about this issue or at least learning more about what we are trying to do.
What we are about:.
I will greatly appreciate a timely answer to this vital issue,
Thank you for your time,
Timothy J. Skodak
Wolf Pac – Michigan
There is also a new link: http://www.wolf-pac.com/legislators that you might want to refer to. It talks of Article V. Calling for a Constitutional Convention from the states to fix the Government.
Dear Senator Klein,
I am writing to express my hope that you continue to support efforts to reverse the damage done to our democracy by defective Supreme Court decisions such as Buckely v Valeo (money=speech) and Citizens United v FEC (corporations have the same First Amendment rights as natural persons). The way to accomplish this is by amending the US Constitution to nullify these assaults on democracy. As you take your place in the New York State Legislature, I urge you make this issue your top priority; everything else pales in comparison. The NY State Legislature needs to pass a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention to rescue government of the people, by the people, and for the people. You are in a unique position to make this happen. Please do not fail your fellow citizens in this incredibly important work.
Wishing you the best success in your endeavors,
I understand that obviously everyone's schedules will vary, but personally I am voting for Sunday evenings.
Also, are we married to the idea of conference CALLS? I think something like Skype might be more practical when dealing with groups like this, where you can see exactly who is on the call at all times, and always know who is talking. I know the calls in the future are supposed to be smaller groups, which would help, but it's just an idea.