Dylan Ratigan's 'Get Money Out' to Eliminate the 'Bought Congress'

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MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan, who saw his rant against both parties go viral in August, has begun a movement called Get Money Out [of politics], focused on eliminating the influence of money in politics, with a website, www.getmoneyout.com, where you can sign a petition supporting the goal.

In fact, this is an extension of his August rant. That day, Ratigan noted that Congress on both sides of the aisle are frozen against working for the people by the fact that if he or she does something that goes against the wishes of a corporation, a large donor, etc. they may lose all their funding.

Get Money Out is now up to nearly 200,000 petition signatures at the time of this writing. Dylan Ratigan, speaking on Benzinga radio earlier this week, when the number of signatures was far smaller, said the following: "The petitions started at 30,000 [signatures] and quickly jumped another 30,000. If we get to 200 [thousand] we can shoot for 400. 400 we can shoot for 800. 800, 1.6 million. We do this ten times and we're 100 million people strong for the conventions, sending three words to both conventions: 'Get Money Out'."

Here's what the site says:

Bailouts. War. Unemployment. Our government is bought, and we’re angry. Now, we’re turning our anger into positive action. By signing this petition, you are joining our campaign to get money out of politics. Our politicians won’t do this. But we will. We will become an unrelenting, massive organized wave advocating a Constitutional amendment to get money out of politics.

We are using our ability to influence media outlets as a platform to force this issue to the center of the 2012 elections. We are using The Dylan Ratigan Show to build this digital wave, so join us. As the petition grows, the wave grows. Email, Facebook, Tweet — GET MONEY OUT.

It's very similar to what Dylan Ratigan said in August. The organization / movement wants to get a Constitutional Amendment enacted with regards to Getting Money Out of Politics. There are two drafts available on the site:

From our former Washington Lobbyist, Jimmy Williams, here is a DRAFT of our Constitutional Amendment for public debate this fall:

"No person, corporation or business entity of any type, domestic or foreign, shall be allowed to contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office or to contribute money on behalf of or opposed to any type of campaign for Federal office. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, campaign contributions to candidates for Federal office shall not constitute speech of any kind as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution or any amendment to the U. S. Constitution. Congress shall set forth a federal holiday for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office."

Here is Lawrence Lessig's DRAFT of the amendment. As always we would like your comments for debate.

"No non-citizen shall contribute money, directly or indirectly, to any candidate for Federal office. United States citizens shall be free to contribute no more than the equivalent of $100 to any federal candidate during any election cycle. Notwithstanding the limits construed to be part of the First Amendment, Congress shall have the power to limit, but not ban, independent political expenditures, so long as such limits are content and viewpoint neutral. Congress shall set forth a federal holiday for the purposes of voting for candidates for Federal office."

The federal holiday is to enable more to vote. We know, however, that the GOP wants less people to vote. And a Constitutional Amendment is by no means easy to get passed.

Here's the Dylan Ratigan Rant from August. Here's what he said, in part.

"I'm saying we've got a real problem, and I'm tired of Republicans and Democrats ... Republicans want to burn the place to the ground and Democrats, with all due respect, who want to offer a plan that gets it through the second term of their presidency and then screws me and my kids when it's over. [...]

"This is not some opinion. This is a mathematical fact. Tens of trillions of dollars are being extracted from the United States of America. Democrats aren't doing it, Republicans are not doing it. An entire integrated system, financial system, trading system, taxing system, that was created by both parties over a period of two decades, is at work on our entire country right now, and we're sitting here arguing about whether we should do the $4 trillion plan that kicks the can down the road for the president for 2017, or burn the place to the ground, both of which are reckless, irresponsible and STUPID.

"I have been coming on TV for 3 YEARS doing this and the fact of the matter is that there is a refusal on both the Republican and Democratic side of the aisle to acknowledge the mathematical problem, which is that the United States of America is being EXTRACTED - it's being extracted through banking, it's being extracted through trade, and it's being extracted through taxation and there's not a single politician that is willing to step forward, Susan, to deal with this."

[...] “I would like him [Obama] to go to the people of the United States of America and say 'People of the United States of America, your Congress is bought. Your Congress is incapable of making legislation on healthcare, banking, trade or taxes because if they do it, they will lose their political funding and they won’t do it. But I am the President of the United States and I won’t have a country that is run by a bought Congress. So, I’m not going to work with a bought Congress… I’m going to abandon the bought Congress like Teddy Roosevelt did and I'm going to go to the people of the United States and I'm going to say 'you've got a bought Congress. And until a President says that’s the problem and says he’s going to fix it, there is no policy that I can possibly see, no matter how brilliant your idea might be… that idea will not happen as long there’s the capacity to basically fire a politician who disagrees with me by taking funding away from him.”


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