COME ON, KOCH BROS — 0.4% of the U.S. population accounted for more than 68% of campaign contributions in the 2014 midterms, according to new data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The findings were released last week to correspond with the 5th anniversary of Citizens United, which Common Cause, Alliance for Justice, Congressional Progressive Caucus, and People for the American Way marked by rallying outside the Chamber of Commerce. READ: “Five Realities Five Years After: The Post-Citizens United Landscape.”
…Meanwhile, the Koch brothers continue to steamroll over the American public–5 million of whom have signed petitions to overturn Citizens United–by announcing that they plan to spend $900 million on the 2016 presidential campaign. SIGN a petition from MoveOn.org by Top Wonk Robert Reich denouncing the Koch brothers HERE.
A REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AGENDA – Days after the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health released a joint report outlining the obstacles to reproductive health faced by Texas Latinas and the solutions for addressing these barriers. READ the full report HERE, ENDORSE its policy recommendations HERE, CHECK OUT Roe v. Wade anniversary roundups from RH Reality Check and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and SIGN a petition from UltraViolet telling Congress to stop the attack on women’s health HERE.
This week, MomsRising.org launched their own #RaiseTheWage campaign, highlighting the fact that 56% of minimum wage workers are women and 28% have children. SIGN their petition HERE and SHARE your stories about earning minimum wage HERE.
UNITED FOR THE ENVIRONMENT — Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune lauded the Obama Administration’s historic decision Sunday to recommend official wilderness designation for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: “The Coastal Plain is the wild heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is why Americans from all walks of life have advocated for its protection for more than half a century” … 75% of Americans from both parties in five key states support existing environmental protections or favor tougher ones according to a new poll by the Natural Resources Defense Council. READ their full findings HERE and SIGN their petition opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline HERE.
THE UNEQUAL STATES OF AMERICA — All 50 states have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades, according to new data on the top 1% of taxpayers in each state from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Report Co-Author Mark Price: “If states are not passing progressive taxes and raising revenue from top earners, they are missing out on a large and growing source of income.” READ the full report HERE and SIGN a petition from MoveOn.org and EPI to address overtime pay rules HERE.
WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS? — The Brennan Center for Justice published a new report Tuesday on the 40th anniversary of the Church Committee with recommendations for key changes to U.S. intelligence oversight. Report editor and Brennan Center Fellow Michael German: “A thorough investigation of current oversight failures is long overdue.” READ: “Strengthening Intelligence Oversight.”
PP MUST READ: “In Fair Housing Case, Scalia Explains How Court Should Decide the ACA Subsidies Case” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.
IN DEFENSE OF PUBLIC TRANSIT — A new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP) disproves the myth that highways pay for themselves, while public transportation does not. CAP Infrastructure Policy Director and report lead author Kevin DeGood summed it up: “Rather than predetermining what must be built, we should encourage planners to make investment decisions based on what will provide the most benefit.” READ: “Advancing a Multimodal Transportation System by Eliminating Funding Restrictions.”
SAVE THE DATE — As You Sow will host a webinar on February 12 at 2:00 pm ET to present findings from their forthcoming report “The 100 Most Overpaid CEOs: Executive Compensation at S&P 500 Companies.” The webinar will feature report author Rosanna Landis Weaver, corporate governance expert Nell Minow, and HIP Investor CEO and Founder R. Paul Herman. REGISTER HERE.
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