Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Secret Election Spending

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secret election spendingThe next few days will be critical for those of us who want to stop the secret election spending that's flooding into our political system.
Today the Senate will have its first vote on the DISCLOSE Act, with progressive champion Senator Sheldon Whitehouse leading the charge to pass it.
It's an important bill that would force most groups spending money on elections to reveal the corporations, individuals and entities who fund them.
Passing it would be the first step to restoring the voice of everyday citizens in our elections, and restoring a small measure of sanity to a system of campaign finance that has become completely insane.
To be clear, what we really need is to get all corporate money out of politics, to roll back Citizens United, end corporate personhood and institute public financing of elections. And we are working hard toward those long term goals.
But in the interim, we must fight on all fronts, especially bringing more transparency to corporate campaign donations.
While it won't end unlimited corporate election spending, the DISCLOSE Act at least brings this spending out of the shadows — where we can expose it, and fight back.
Pick up the phone and tell your senators to support the DISCLOSE Act. Click the link below for contact information and a sample script:
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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