Amherst League of Women Voters

A Voice for Citizens, a Force for Change

Follow the Money

Follow the Money Interest Group

Follow The Money (FT$) was formed in 2011 by Amherst League members concerned about the impact of the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v the Federal Election Commission on our democratic processes.

We had questions. How would the Court decision change the political landscape in this country? How should the League respond? In particular, should the League support any of the numerous proposals for Constitutional Amendments, floating around? How many proposed amendments were there, anyway, and how did they differ? DOES MONEY REALLY EQUAL SPEECH?

Democracy in the Balance: Money, Speech and Power

There is much we do not understand. Educating our membership (including ourselves), and spreading the word to the grassroots are necessary first steps to whatever direction our advocacy efforts will take. The MA Leagues of Concord/Carlisle and Sudbury recently developed an educational presentation and suggested that we preview it in Amherst.

In October 2012, the LWVA’s Follow the Money (FT$) Interest Group, presented its version of the program, ‘Democracy in the Balance: Money, Speech and Power’ to the Amherst League.

LWVUS in Action on Campaign Finance

 The League's Position

Statement of Position on Campaign Finance, as Announced by National Board, January 1974 and Revised March 1982:

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the methods of financing political campaigns should ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process.

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