Inaugurated as the 2010 campaign season is getting underway, this website is intended to encourage those men and women throughout the U.S.A. who campaign from a progressive populist position for office and/or for ballot propositions or referendums.
A few definitions to indicate those who will find this site useful for their purposes:
Campaigns; This site deals exclusively with electoral campaigns in which the voting public at large makes decision via their ballot box votes—whether in electing people to public office; or whether they campaign for or against referendum items on a ballot. It excludes such other important “campaigns” as those meant to influence public officials to pass legislation or exercise their administrative authority: as in a campaign for passage of health care reform or one demanding the release of a political prisoner. In other words, we are very simply “about” elections: the attempt to secure voting outcomes favorable to a progressive point of view.
Progressive campaigns are those that embody liberal principles or values. The Green Party’s values, which emphasize peace, justice and sustainable futures are one (only one) example of approaching elections from this perspective. But even basically conservative parties like the GOP occasionally have primaries that pit more progressive against more regressive candidates and this website will give encouragement to people of all parties as well as independents in running on “progressive” platforms.
Progressive populist campaigns are those which attempt to recapture political influence for the people at large and away from corporations and other special interest organizations that have come to dominate political actions at every level from the local town council to the halls of Congress and the White House. Populist candidates will seek public funding of their campaigns where available. They will also strive to reduce the money influence on our elections by practicing a discipline of economical campaign spending and restrictions (sometimes more stringent than legal contribution limits) on the acceptance of campaign contributions from any one individual or from corporations or other organizational entities. In this way they close the “flood-gate” of special interest funding supposedly opened by the recent Citizens United v. F.C.C. decision by reducing the market value of money in the attempt to exchange money for votes.
If, having read over these explanations, you feel that a political campaign—for office or on a ballot proposition—in which you are involved is a progressive populist one (or if you are a political spectator interested in observing this species of political animal), you are welcome to join us.
You can go to THE DIRECTORY for a User’s Guide to how to employ this facility to your best advantage.