• Dr. Lora Chamberlain

Next Clean Count Cook County meeting is Mon, Dec 10th, 7p at 5858 N.Talman

Next CCCC meeting is Monday, Dec 10th, 7p, at Clare Tobin's House, 5858 N. Talman - parking is great on the side streets and near Western and Peterson buses.


Let's have a Holiday potluck at the same time to add to the festivities of the season - please bring something to share - thanks!

We have a lot to talk about.

1) Our focus for the municipal elections in Feb - especially in Chicago?

Poll watching training and videos, audit monitoring - there is a little to report about Exit Polling as well.

2) State Legislation?  A Risk Limiting Audit bill?  Close the loophole in the Vote By Mail Scams?

3) Fed Legislation - HR 1 - the #1 priority of House Dems when they start the new Congress is election reform and fighting corruption - here is what the bill will probably look like per Rep. Jan Schakowsky's office - H. Res 975, introduced by Rep. Sarbanes this year - please look this over before our meeting - thanks!: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/975/text?q={%22search%22%3A[%22H.+Res+975%22]}&r=1


Below is an article about the major planks:

House Democrats unveil their first bill in the majority: a sweeping anti-corruption proposal

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/30/18118158/house-democrats-anti-corruption-bill-hr-1-pelosi

The issue is being spearheaded by Rep. John Sarbanes (MD), a longtime advocate of campaign finance reform who has long disavowed corporate PAC money.

There are three main planks the bill covers: campaign finance reform, strengthening the government’s ethics laws, and expanding voting rights.

Campaign finance

Public financing of campaigns, powered by small donations. Under Sarbanes’s vision, the federal government would provide a voluntary 6-1 match for candidates for president and Congress, which means for every dollar a candidate raises from small donations, the federal government would match it six times over. “If you give $100 to a candidate that’s meeting those requirements, then that candidate would get another $600 coming in behind them,” Sarbanes told Vox this summer. “The evidence and the modeling is that most candidates can do as well or better in terms of the dollars they raise if they step into this new system.”Passing the DISCLOSE Act, pushed by Rep. David Cicilline (RI) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), both Democrats from Rhode Island. This would require Super PACs and “dark money” political organizations to make their donors public.Passing the Honest Ads Act, championed by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (MN) and Mark Warner (VA), which would require Facebook and Twitter to disclose the source of money of political ads on their platforms, and share how much money was spent.

Ethics

Requiring the president to disclose his or her tax returns.Stopping members of Congress from using taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment cases or buy first-class plane tickets.Giving the Office of Government Ethics the power to do more oversight and enforcement and put in stricter lobbying registration requirements.Create a new ethical code for the US Supreme Court, ensuring all branches of government are impacted by the new law.

Voting rights

Creating new national automatic voter registration that asks voters to opt out, rather than opt in, ensuring more people will be signed up to vote. Early voting and online voter registration would also be promoted.Restoring the Voting Rights Act, part of which was dismantled by a US Supreme Court decision in 2013. Ending partisan gerrymandering in federal elections and prohibiting voter roll purging.Beefing up elections security, including requiring the Director of National Intelligence to do regular checks on foreign threats.

HR 1 will be a large package, but Sarbanes said in addition to passing it as the first bill, members will likely break out pieces of it into smaller bills as well that individually could get bipartisan support from Republicans in the Senate — things including the Honest Ads Act and election security.

See ya at Clare's,

Dr. Lora Chamberlain

773-486-7660

CleanCountCookCounty@gmail.com

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