CITIZENS UNITED AGAINST CITIZENS UNITED: Win $25,000 If You Can Prove Your Employer Is Using Company Money To Influence The Election

A large coalition of public interest, government reform, consumer, labor, grassroots and progressive organizations today announced a major national campaign to target corporations that use corporate treasury funds to affect the outcome of the fall election, especially contributing to shadowy Super PACs or to 501c4s that run ads but are not legally obligated to disclose their donors.  Groups include: Common Cause, Public Citizen, Coalition for Accountability in Political Spending (CAPS), Service Employees International Union,, Americans United for Change, Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), Public Campaign Action Fund, Campaign for America’s Future,National People’s Action, Progress NOW, Every Child Matters, Health Care for America Now, Occupy Wall Street, and USAction. Americans United for Change announced that it would offer a $25,000 reward to the first employee who documented that his employer was using corporate funds to secretly contribute to a non-profit organization like American Cross Roads GPS that buys ads to affect the election and is not required to disclose its donations.  “This reward is intended to make CEOs think again if they believe they can keep corporate donations to politics secret,” Tom McMahon, executive director, Americans United for Change said in a statement.  “It is intended to reinforce the fact that in a digital age it is virtually impossible today for a big corporation to be certain that a donation of this type will not become public and materially damage its brand and the loyalty of its customers. Fair warning, Corporate America.”

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