There is a national coalition, Democracy Is For People, petitioning “the U.S. Congress to send to the states a constitutional amendment to overturn the disastrous Citizens United ruling, to get big money out of politics, and to support voting rights for all Americans. Preserve constitutional rights for people, not corporations.”

I have attached the petition being used around the country and some helpful hints for using it during Early Voting and on Election Day. Public Citizen and other national organizations are gathering these names to add to those they already have, building a large national base of support.

      Want to help both Democracy Is for People and Clean Elections Texas?

Early Voting started today and ends on Friday, Nov. 4th.  You can take these petitions to any polling location during Early Voting and then again on Nov. 8.  Here is the easy way to build up that national database while building our own organization’s local database.  The simple steps are:

1. Read through these helpful sheets How-to…” and the “Tips…”
2.  Let us know if you will gather names to share with us by contacting our coordinator responsible for helping you in any way possible, Sandi Hebley, in Dallas. Please contact her ASAP wherever you are in Texas.

Also note that at the same time that you are gathering names for Clean Elections Texas and the national coalition, Democracy is For People, you also can use the local contacts for your local organizing efforts on campaign finance and voting.  Simply let those who are signing know that your local organization will stay in touch with them, too.
3. Gather printed petitions,  clipboards, pens, any flyers or signs you want to use, a table and chair if you are staying for a number of hours or with a group, and look up the address of your chosen polling place. Enjoy talking with people as you offer them the petitions to sign. Make sure you can read the information after a person signs, thank them, and tell them we will keep them informed about the issues and next actions.
4. Remember, when petitioning at a polling location stay as far back as the signs indicate for those promoting campaigns or other issues. For answers to questions you might get, check this fact sheet.
5. When you are ready to wrap up for the day, be sure to gather your signature pages and materials.  Contact Sandi and she will give you the next steps. Be sure to make a copy of the names for yourself or your organization to increase your local contacts for campaign finance and voting issues/actions. Please note there is a check space on the form for those willing to volunteer.

Remember: You can go to the polls for just an hour or set up tables with volunteers around the area all day.  You can add these petitions to other issue tabling as well. Let us know if you want more information, suggestions, or materials.

Contact our coordinator, Sandi Hebley,  shebley@airmail.net. There is a video training link she can connect you to as well as other resources. If you can’t reach her, contact me, Liz Wally, liz@cleanelectionstx.org

Liz  214.821.2237 liz@cleanelectionstx.org


Help with other states who are trying to pass campaign finance reform

Nationwide, there are efforts to change the way elections are funded.  By far the biggest challenge for these democracy ballot measures is making sure voters know about them, and understand them!
There are huge swaths of voters who have never heard about our efforts – we need to reach them now.  Most of them would gladly help us fight big money in politics, if only they heard from someone who cared about it.
Pick a state and a ballot measure and get started!
Sign up to help in South Dakota by emailing: rob@represent.us.
More info at:  http://yes22.org/
Volunteer in Washington in support of I-735 for a constitutional amendment by emailing: tiffanimccoy@wamend.org. More info at: http://www.wamend.org
Sign up to make calls for Integrity Washington I-1464 by emailing: jess@integritywashington.org(360) 797-5016. More info at integritywa.org
Setting up a phonebanking party or just calling on your own, can be a big help.
Thanks for all you do,
Clean Elections Texas


Our priorities the next year:

1. Our highest priority is to promote legislation for the option of small donor/public funding for candidates in Texas.  After much discussion we decided to change course from aiming at statewide judicial elections and to push instead for a bill for state legislative office – similar to those in other states, such as AZ CT, ME and more.  Because of the buzz in both parties on a small donor option, we felt we should seize the moment and this effort would get us much more attention than the same option for judicial elections.  Barring a miracle, we are going for conversation about the influence of money on our policies, not a bill that actually passes (just to let you know we were facing reality).  If  this topic interests you, please let us know.  We will be hold our first committee meeting the first week of September. Tasks include researching and studying model legislation to adapt for Texas, finding an author and co-sponsors

2. THIS IS NOW THE BIRD DOG PROJECT: Our second priority because it is a time-sensitive project will engage all our activists and might be picked up by other organizations as well.  During this election time, we will train and encourage volunteers all over the state to attend candidate forums and meetings of all parties and at all levels in order to ask a few designated questions about campaign finance and/or voter issues. With Texans using the same questions all over the state, from Alpine to Zephyr, it would create news interest.  And finding other organizations who might partner up with us would broaden our reach.

Once the organizing committee has determined the questions, they will develop a training piece so that wherever you are in the state you will have the few questions to ask and a way to record the responses.  Join in with the fun!

3. Our third priority is another proposed project which would explore the creative municipal initiatives around the country on campaign finance issues to see if any could be applied to Texas cities or counties. We already have at least one volunteer interested in this and need a few more to get it started.   We would hold any action until after the legislative session to avoid their canceling anything we might attempt at the city level (as was done after Denton’s fracking ban).

4. Our fourth priority is to continue to support the Fair Courts work we have been involved with for several years.  This is a project we will postpone in the main until after the 2017 legislative session, but are fortunate to have several people who are continuing working on it now and would welcome others.

5.  And our fifth priority is to re-establish our efforts for resolutions for a constitutional amendment to undo “Citizens United” around the state.  The public is behind this issue and it has gained nonpartisan support.  This work is done town by town, so we are looking for volunteers to convene a group in their own area.  We can offer resources to help you accomplish this.

6. This on-going project is top priority in relation to the effectiveness and added value to all the work we are doing.  It is working with others to establish a statewide network which can act on shared values when needed.  By combining, the organizations add power and resources to their chosen issue.  This network is based in Austin, is underway, and does not require more than a few people to participate and support that participation.  The same is true of the local DFW network that sprang from the Dallas Democracy Awakening event we held on April 17 this year.  A number of groups have stayed together and are currently working on a press event for the anniversary of the Voters Rights Act of 1965 to be followed later this month by a panel on voting.  In this case, more people have been engaged in the work, acting either as part of an organization or as an individual. Forming a similar local in your area would be a great project for someone willing to undertake this.  We will be able to help you in various ways.

7. Through our networks, we will continue to support voting rights initiatives of LWV, NAACP, and others.  In this case, we will be responsive but not the initiators. We would send out requests for participation and/or respond to requests for co-sponsorship on a case by case basis.

8. Our last priority is giving more support to the administrative side of the organization. This detailed work is vital to all activity. We plan to increase volunteer support for our Executive Director.  Several people have offered specific help in this area, but more are needed for certain tasks.

We need you – no role is too small!  Remember, whether you live in a “blue” or “red” area, whether you live in an urban, suburban, rural, or other area, big or tiny, you can get involved and make your voice heard.  Please consider how you can help.

Comments/Questions?  214.821.2237 (Liz)

Please “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter to increase our reach into the community of people wanting to work with us on our issue.

Liz Wally, Executive Director   liz@cleanelectionstx.org

Dave Jones, President of Clean Elections Texas, David@joneslawdallas.com

Diana Burns, President of Clean Elections Texas Education Fund dburns4990@aol.com

Resources on state and local initiatives:


  Integrity Washington,  http://integritywashington.org/about/

  North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections,http://www.ncvce.org/coalition

  South Dakotans for Integrity, http://www.yes22.org/

Municipal initiatives:

  Honest Seattle, http://honestelectionsseattle.org/

  Accountable Miami-Dade, http://www.accountablemiamidade.com/about/initiative/

Howard County MD, http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-cf-citizen-funded-campaign-launch-0818-20160817-story.htmlundefined

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APRIL 17, 2016

FullSizeRender-1Texans in D.C. for Democracy Awakening
Meeting With Cornyn’s Staff
IMG_1689          Press Conference on Anniversary of
          Shelby County vs Holder
Arthur Fleming and Dave Jones, Press Event, June 26, 2016

Arthur Fleming and Dave Jones, Press Event, June 26, 2016




Speaking to the What's Happening in Texas crowd Aug 27, 2016

Speaking to the What’s Happening in Texas crowd Aug 27, 2016