Urgent Action Needed – Call on VOICE Monday, March 26th!

Urgent Action Needed – Call on VOICE – Monday, March 26th!


From Progressive Action for the Common Good
 
As many of you may know, PACG has put out many calls to action on VOICE – Voter Owned Iowa Clean Elections.  The passage of VOICE – SF 553 , in the state of Iowa would have a HUGE impact
on every issue across the spectrum – the passage of this bill
would give the people of Iowa an unprecedented opportunity to take back
control of our legislature from the special interest groups that have
too often dominated the outcome of policy. There are MANY reasons to
pass VOICE – passage of this bill would free-up our legislators
from the all consuming cycle of fundraising so they can spend more
time working on the actual issues that affect their
constituents, and citizens would have more faith in the system and
the legislators that represent them. Legislators would no longer be
beholden to the special interests that help get them elected. In other
states where similar bills were passed, they are seeing a big increase
in people running for office than ever before and in Arizona
voter turnout has increased by as much as 20%. The passage of
VOICE is a win-win for everyone involved… that's why WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW.
 
The VOICE
bill, SF 553, is in an Appropriations sub-committee comprised of
Rep. Dave Jacoby (D-chair), Rep. Jo Oldson (D) and Rep. Dwayne Alons
(R).  It will come up for a vote in that committee
either Tuesday (3/27) or Wednesday (3/28).  If passed, it
then goes to the full committee and becomes “funnel-proof.”  That
means the likelihood for debate on the floor of the House
increases.  However, we learned on Friday that the Appropriations
sub-committee plans to “kill” the bill, at the request of
leadership. 
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
 
PLEASE make a push to call the committee members and the leadership on MONDAY,
urging them to support SF 553. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is a firm
supporter of the bill so please call him, thank him for his
support and urge him to continue pushing for passage of the bill.
 
MOST IMPORTANTLY – contact Senator Mike Gronstal in the Senate and Speaker Pat Murphy in the House – urging them to support passage of the bill. We need to make a VERY BIG PUSH in order to make a difference. 
 
VOICE has overwhelming support from citizens and community leaders – we need to remind leadership that people matter more, money matters less.
 
PLEASE call the Appropriations Sub-Committee members and House & Senate Leaders on MONDAY!These
are only 6 telephone calls that will take up very little of your time
— the small effort required on our part can make a BIG difference for
the future of our state! Please refer to the Word document (see
attachment) that outlines the general information and primary
benefits of the bill, SF 553.
Appropriations Sub-Committee           

Rep. Dave Jacoby (D)                
House District 30 — Johnson County

David.Jacoby@legis.state.ia.us         
Home Telephone: 319-358-8538    

House Switchboard: (515) 281-3221
           
Rep. Jo Oldson (D)                  
House District 61 — Polk County   
Jo.Oldson@legis.state.ia.us            
Home Telephone: 515-255-2805
House Switchboard: (515) 281-3221
           
Rod Roberts (R)
Rod.Roberts@legis.state.ia.us
House Switchboard: (515) 281-3221.
           
Speaker of the HouseRep. Pat Murphy (D)
House District 28 – Dubuque County

Pat.Murphy@legis.state.ia.us
Home Telephone: (563) 582-5922
House Telephone:  (515) 281-5566

House Majority Leader
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D)
House District 67 – Polk County
Kevin.McCarthy@legis.state.ia.us
Home Telephone: (515) 953-5221
House Telephone:  (515) 281-7497
(PLEASE THANK HIM FOR HIS SUPPORT!)


Senate Majority Leader
Senator Mike Gronstal (D)
Senate District 50 — Pottawattamie
michael.gronstal@legis.state.ia.us
Home Telephone: (712) 328-2808
Business Telephone: (515) 281-3901

Take action!        Call,
your local legislator today! Find out where they stand on the
bill, urge them to support it and ask them to urge leadership and
committee members to do the same!  It's not
enough to simply ask them if they support the bill — if they do,
ask them what they are doing to ensure passage of this bill.

House Switchboard to reach all
State Representatives:  (515) 281-3221
 
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
PACG Staff
James Lee 563-650-3922
Caroline Vernon 563-676-7580
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1 Response to Urgent Action Needed – Call on VOICE Monday, March 26th!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why do you assume that special interest groups are a bad thing?
    There is a solution to elected offical's quest for money:
    No limits to polictal contributions.
    No cash.
    Full and imediate (within 6 hours) disclosuer of how much and from whom.
    Only a real human person that is eligible to vote at the time of the donation, can donate.
    There, that was easy.

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