As a movement, we understand the corrosive influence of money in politics unleashed by Supreme Court rulings like those in Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC that reaches into each of our communities and all levels of elected office. From school board contests, the election of local and state judges, to the revolving door between government service and corporate lobbying, the corrosive influence of money in politics has become the new status quo. As a community of organizers committed to pursuing genuine political equity, Young People For is dedicated to mobilizing our network against the concentration of political influence in the hands of plutocrats. We pledge to work with Fellows committed to exposing the ways corporations are undermining strong regulatory standards — particularly environmental and labor practices — by buying political influence. We also commit to working to support national movements for increased transparency and accountability with regard to campaign financing.
An example of Fellows working to reduce the amount of money in our political system can be seen in 2013 Fellow Morgan Prentice’s work at the University of California at Berkeley to educate her peers about the effects of Citizens United and creating opportunities for them to advocate for corporate accountability reform.
Many thanks to Morgan Prentice ’13 and People For the American Way Foundation staff for their help in the shaping of this issue area. Photo of 2010 YP4 Fellow Chagan Sanathu advocating to get money out of our political system.