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MEDIA ALERT: Syracuse Citizens to Rally to End Pay-to-Play, Urge Obama to Require Government Contractors to Disclose Political Spending

In Capitalism, Corporations, Media Alert on April 2, 2015 at 8:51 am

Video of Today’s Rally Event Now Available At: http://bambuser.com/v/5398111

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Event Is One of Nearly 50 to Be Held Throughout the Country Calling for an Executive Order to Shine the Light on Corporate Corruption

WHAT:
A rally calling on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order requiring contractors that do business with the government to disclose their political spending. The Syracuse event will include speakers, creative signs, and a musical performance. Attendees will be able to rubber stamp their money with “Not to be Used for Bribing Politicians.”

Under the current system, corporations that bid for government contracts do not have to disclose their campaign spending. This has led to a corrupt pay-to-play system where government contracts can secretly funnel untold sums to help elect the very same lawmakers who are responsible for awarding government contracts. However, the solution does not require an act of Congress. Obama has the authority to fix the problem with the stroke of a pen. By signing an executive order, contractors would have to disclose their political spending and citizens would be able to see which elected officials are getting the greatest contributions from contractors. An executive order would shine the light on corporate corruption and set an example for other agencies struggling to curb money in politics.

Activists in Central New York are not alone – this is a nationwide movement. Rallies and other events are scheduled to be held in nearly 50 cities and towns, in 25 states, throughout the country. In Washington, D.C., activists will hold a press conference in front of the White House and deliver hundreds of thousands of petitions calling for an executive order. April 2 marks the year anniversary of the McCutcheon Supreme Court ruling that further flooded the election system with unprecedented sums of money from corporations and the super wealthy.

WHEN:
5:00 – 6:00pm, Thursday, April 2.

WHERE:
State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St., Syracuse (next to City Hall)

WHO:
Jonah Minkoff-Zern, national co-director of Public Citizen’s “Democracy is For People” campaign; Michael Messina-Yauchzy, co-chair of Move To Amend of Syracuse and Central New York; others. The DREAM Freedom Revival will perform.

VISUALS:
Creative signs and displays will abound.

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