Our Families

If the system gave Us a real voice in Washington, our families could count on high quality, affordable education; fair pay and benefits; and retirement security.

But Big Business is the one calling the shots, putting bottom line profits ahead of what our families need.

Connect the Dots

Let’s look at the issue of Fair Pay and connect the dots

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The Chamber of Commerce spent $53 million in 2007 to stop an increase in the minimum wage. So Washington is stuck in neutral. Even though...

3/4

Of everyday Americans believe that the minimum wage should keep a full-time worker out of poverty.

10 million+

The number of working Americans living in poverty.

300 to 1

Corporate CEO compensation is 300 times more than the average worker salary.

Sources: Demos, Hart Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Solution

Let’s build a small donor matching system for funding campaigns. And make it about Us.

We know hardworking Americans can’t make it on starvation wages. Citizen owned elections would empower Us to fight back against the Big Business lobbyists and pass laws that give our Families a fighting chance.

Sign the Petition

Funding campaigns with a small donor matching system is a real solution to make sure that the voices of everyday Americans are heard again in Washington. Add your voice today by joining Us.

The Latest

Lilly Ledbetter: Time to end the wage gap for women

• Jan 29, 2016

USA Today By: Lilly Ledbetter

The first bill President Obama signed into law his first year in office was, to my great pride, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. During his final year in office, it is my hope that we can witness a new spate of progress on equal pay for women.

The act that bears my name was a step forward for women, families, and the bedrock American values of fairness and equality. Yet on its seven-year anniversary, we still have a gender gap on wages.State legislators and advocates from around the country are launching a “week of action” to draw attention to that gap and how it can be closed.

When I learned that I had been paid significantly less than my male counterparts at the Goodyear plant in Gadsen, Ala., I filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.  Yet in its 2007 Ledbetter v. Goodyear ruling, the Supreme Court ruled against me because I filed my challenge long after the 180-day statute of limitations had ended. Because of the way the law was written, it didn’t matter that I was unaware of the wage discrimination during that time window.

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Public Financing of Elections 'Most Basic Feminist Issue Right Now'

• Jun 04, 2015

Auburn Citizen By: Robert Harding

Calling privately funded elections "insane," Zephyr Teachout, who unsuccessfully challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary, said a public campaign finance system could help encourage more women to run for elected office.

Teachout's comments came at a Democratic Women of Cayuga County event Tuesday night at Auburn Public Theater.

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Tell the Election Success Stories, Too

• Mar 24, 2015

The Washington Post By: Katrina vanden Heuvel

“I had a college degree, a decade of experience, and the only job I could get was making $8 an hour at the local convenience store in my neighborhood,” Maine state Rep. Diane Russell (D) said in January, recalling her unlikely path to public office.

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Hear Us

Voices from around the country.

I’m 24 years old, recently out of college, and finally entering the work force. As an active voter, it disappoints me as an American that millionaires and billionaires are able to make my one vote seem more and more insignificant with each passing election. The size of their wallets and ability to open up massive pipelines of cash into the political process will never stop me from supporting those who have my best interest at heart. HR 20 stands up for me and millions of Americans who might not be able to write those hefty checks but find the value of casting their ballot on Election Day to be just as significant.

, A Community Organizer from Columbia, MD