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Jill Stein on Government Reform

Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor


2002 Clean Elections repeal meant "throw the bums out"

Q: How did you get started in electoral politics?

A: After we passed campaign finance reform in Massachusetts, I was working on that issue, thinking, "Oh, it's the money that stops us from shutting down our incinerators."

Q: You're referring to the "Clean Elections Law"; what year was this?

A: It was passed in 1998. It then got repealed by the legislature after passing on a two-to-one margin via a citizen referendum. The people of Massachusetts passed it by a 2-to-1 vote, so it was an enormous victory and it took two years for the legislature to turn around and repeal it on a voice vote and to me that said, "Okay, we can't even change the system by changing the system--we actually have to throw the bums out." This is a long-term political struggle.

Q: But you need people to actually implement the will of the people if you're going to have a democracy?

A: Exactly. Then the Green Party came to me and said, "Why don't you keep doing what you're doing and call it a campaign for Governor?

Source: Interview with Steve Horn of Truthout.org , Jan 29, 2012

Voter Bill of Rights: full public financing; paper ballots

The Voter Bill of Rights is a 10-point platform: the calling card of the modern day voting rights movement:
  1. Voter-marked paper ballot for all voting, and require that all votes are counted before election results are released.
  2. Replace partisan oversight of elections with non-partisan election commissions.
  3. Celebrate our democratic aspirations by making Election Day a national holiday.
  4. Bring simplified, safe same-day voter registration to the nation so that no qualified voter is barred fro the polls.
  5. Do away with so-called "winner take all" elections, and replace that system with instant runoff voting and proportional representation.
  6. Replace big money control of elections with full public financing and free and equal access to the airwaves.
  7. Guarantee equal access to debates.
  8. Abolish the Electoral College and implement direct election of the President.
  9. Restore the vote to ex-offenders who've paid their debt to society.
  10. Enact Statehood for the District of Columbia
Source: Green Party 2012 People's State of the Union speech , Jan 25, 2012

Building for the future makes America great

Q: What do you think makes this country great: The values of our forefathers? Building for the future? Or maybe we shouldn't change a thing?

A: For us, it's about building and adapting for the future. There were great thing in our founding--we do need to protect our rights as defined by the Constitution. Those rights are perishing quickly right before our very eyes, with the extremely anti-civil-liberties positions adopted by the Obama administration. But while there are great things from America's founding, there are also not-so-great things. We need to be selective about what we worship in the past. We don't need to be arming state militias, for example. We are not counting African-Americans as 3/5 of a human being like at America's founding. And we don't tell women to stay in the kitchen and not be seen or heard or represented democratically.

Source: 2011 AmericansElect interview questionnaire with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

PACs connect campaigns with rich donors, & disconnect public

Q: What are your views on campaign finance reform?

A: We now have influence-peddling on steroids with Citizens United and the Super PACs. And Obama raising $1 billion for his campaign alone. We have a political system which is completely disconnected with the public, and connected instead with those with deep pockets who can find these campaigns with such extreme amounts.

Source: 2011 OnTheIssues interview with Jill Stein , Dec 21, 2011

Re-establish Clean Elections Law: end "pay-to-play"

The power of big money in politics is stealing our democracy. Politicians are so busy "dialing for dollars" that they don't have time to listen to the voices of the people that elected them. They enter office with favors to repay to their big donors.

The people of Massachusetts deserve a clean money campaign system that allows candidates to run for office without selling out to big money interests. Candidates who refuse to take tainted money should be able to compete on a level playing field.

The voters called for fundamental changes when they voted for the Clean Elections Law over ten years ago. Unfortunately, incumbent legislators who were profiting from the existing fundraising machinery repealed this reform on an unrecorded voice vote, opening the way to ten years of continued corruption and scandal. One of my top priorities will be to reestablish a clean money law that gives a fair break to candidates of integrity who refuse to participate in "pay-to-play" fundraising practices.

Source: 2010 Gubernatorial Campaign website jillstein.org, "Issues" , Sep 29, 2010

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