Fight back against Citizens United!

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Today you have an important opportunity to take an essential first step to fight back against Citizens United and the deregulation of the campaign finance system. Click here to urge President Obama to clean house at the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Already in this important election year, new Super PACs are flooding elections with huge expenditures from million-dollar donors. Because they are supposedly “independent” from the candidates, and with new loopholes from the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts from corporations and individuals, and they can do so with limited disclosure.

While there are different avenues that can be taken to fight back against Citizens United and cut the influence of special interests, you can join us by taking the first step today by urging President Obama to appoint new commissioners to the FEC. Among other duties, the FEC can define what election efforts are “independent” from the candidates.

The FEC is supposed to be the agency that enforces campaign finance laws, but it is dysfunctional. Of the six commissioners at the agency, three of them staunchly refuse to enforce the law, and five of the six are serving despite expired terms. It is time to clean house.

We need real campaign finance reform, and getting President Obama to nominate new commissioners to do their duty and enforce campaign finance laws is a good place to start. In the next 30 days we need to gather 25,000 signatures of support.

Don’t just sign it yourself; post the petition on Facebook, Tweet about it and forward this note to all of your friends. Together we can make sure that the citizen’s voice is heard.

For extra reading, click here for an interesting discussion of the new Super PACs presented by PBS.

Watch Are Super PACs Living Up to Supreme Court’s Intentions? on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Voter Winter 2012

Read supporting statements about our legislative priorities in this edition of the Voter.

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Wood County Voter January 2012

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The Last Mountain Showing

Monday, January 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM Vienna Public Library 23rd St. at River Rd., Vienna, WV

Free and open to the public Refreshments

Nearly half the electricity consumed in the US comes from burning coal, 16 pounds per day for every person in the country. Thirty percent of that coal comes from Appalachia. Burning coal is the major source of greenhouse gases worldwide. Mountain top removal mining has destroyed 500 mountains in Appalachia, destroyed 1,000,000 acres of forest, and buried 2000 miles of streams. Nearby residents suffer health effects. Whole communities are uprooted. How long can this go on? Is there a better way?

The documentary film, The Last Mountain, looks at how we meet our energy needs, alternate energy sources, and how citizens can affect the energy choices our country makes.

Presented by The League of Women Voters of Wood County

Huntington League’s January 2012 bulletin

League of Women Voters of the Huntington Area January 2012 bulletin

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Morgantown Voter Service Meeting

We will hold a Voter Service’s meeting on February 1, 7:00 p.m. at Kitty Lozier’s home at at 345 Virginia Avenue.

Morgantown Natural Resources Committee Meeting

We will hold our Natural Resource Committee meeting on January 17, 7:00 p.m. at Kitty Lozier’s home in Morgantown at 345 Virginia Avenue.

Privatization of Governmental Services

Privatization of Governmental Services is a study sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the US and will be the topic of discussion/consensus at League of Women Voters meetings all over the United States.

Federal, state and local governments own extensive assets and are major employers. Governments often consider selling assets, and outsourcing some functions and services to the private sector, including “core” government services such as providing for the safety, security and general welfare (public well-being) of citizens, the economy, and our country. Privatization of these government assets, services, and functions has been occurring for decades at all levels of government. The consequences of “privatizing” a government service or function, in particular, may enhance the function or service. Alternatively, it may reduce or alter functions and services. Government revenues may be reduced or lost and jobs may be cut. In some instances, this may have a detrimental effect on the “common good” or public well-being.

The purpose of this study is to identify policies and parameters that should be considered when any governmental entity is planning to undertake some type of privatization process.

Substantive information about the study is available on the LWVUS website, http://www.lwv.org/member-resources/privatization.

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