Robert Balhiser

signed Support a 28th Amendment 2017-03-04 12:31:02 -0700

Sign Our Petition to Support for a 28th Amendment

Join Montanans from all walks of life in a cross-partisan call to urge every candidate for U.S. House to work to ensure that people – not money, corporations, or special interests, but We The People – govern, here in Montana and across the nation:

 

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Dear Candidate for the U.S. Congress,
Montana’s next Representative to Congress must stand with the people of Montana in support of a 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution, an Amendment to ensure that people – not money, corporations, or special interests, but We The People – govern, here in Montana and across the nation.
In the upcoming special election to fill Montana’s vacant U.S. House seat, we the undersigned ask that every candidate (regardless of party) comply with the very clear instruction of the people of Montana: we are asking that every candidate stand with Montanans and work to win cross-partisan support for a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution, to finally remove the corrupting influence of money from our elections and our political system.
Our elections are under assault by unlimited money, and our next Congressmember should put some good old Montana muscle behind the 28th Amendment! Thank you.

signed Take Action 2015-04-22 17:48:57 -0600

Sign the Thank You Card

Please thank Gov. Bullock, Sen. Ankney and Rep. Garner for their leadership in passing the Montana Disclose Act.

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We want to extend our sincere gratitude for your work to pass the Montana Disclose Act and sign this important legislation into law. It is refreshing to witness political leaders, from different parties, come together to address this threat to our democracy. With your leadership, Montana is taking a stand against dark money.

Montanans are united in support of clean and fair elections and against the secretive, special interests who seek to buy our elections. There is still much work to do to turn back the tide that has eroded our campaign finance laws in recent years, but dark money groups can no longer operate in the shadows.

Thank you for shining a bright light on those dark money groups. Thank you for restoring fairness and transparency to our elections.

With sincere thanks,


signed Montana Disclose Act 2015-03-25 08:39:44 -0600

Support the Montana Disclose Act

Every election cycle – even in small, local races – Montana voters are inundated with phone calls, ads and mailers that attack some candidates and support others. These groups have positive-sounding names, but who are they? Where are these groups based? Where do they get their money? Are they funded by Montanans or out-of-state interests? What are they trying to achieve?

No one knows because these groups are not required to disclose this information. As a result, our political process gets hijacked by wealthy, (sometimes out-of-state) groups with a lot of money.

The Montana Disclose Act is supported by:

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277 SIGNATURES
GOAL: 1,000 signatures

You can help shine a light on dark money by supporting the Montana Disclose Act (SB 289) to:

  • Update Montana’s campaign law to provide voters with more information on dark money political groups,
  • Require virtually any group that spends money to support or oppose a candidate or ballot issue to disclose its donors and campaign expenditures, and
  • Require that legislative and district candidates file campaign finance reports electronically.

Time is running out - the Montana Legislature is considering SB 289 and will be taking action in the coming days.

Sign the petition supporting the Montana Disclose Act today!


commented on Quotes 2012-08-20 14:10:08 -0600
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

Quotes on Fair Elections

What are you favorite quotes that inspire you to fight against corruption? 

We created this page to share inspiring and insightful quotes from our past and the current debate. As we collect these we will share and we will look for creative ways to make these quotes part of the much needed debate.  If you have an idea for how we can promote, let us know.

 

Lincoln3.jpg“Allow all the governed an equal voice in the government, and that, and that only is self-government.”

- Abraham Lincoln, 1854  


“A representative democracy only works when everyone truly has a voice, and when the voices of the many aren’t drowned out by the pocketbooks of a few.” 

 - Helena Independent Record Editorial, Feb. 21, 2012

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"For every special interest is entitled to justice, but not one is entitled to a vote in Congress, to a voice on the bench, or to representation in any public office. The Constitution guarantees protection to property, and we must make that promise good. But it does not give the right of suffrage to any corporation…. There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains."

- Theodore Roosevelt, 1910



commented on Initiative Language 2012-06-10 09:48:19 -0600 · Flag
The 28th Amendment as proposed by “Move to Amend” appears to be far simpler, more straightforward and “air tight” than this initiative. It bans all spending by non-person entities and gives government the constitutional authority to limit contributions of individuals as well.

This amendment, coupled with public campaign financing (whereby the the dollar-limited contributions of individuals are enhanced and multiplied by public funds) would return power to the electorate. Lobbyists would then have to rely on the strength of their arguments to sway public opinion rather than the depths of their pockets.

I favor I-166, but only as a step in the right (Move to Amend) direction.

commented on About I-166 2012-03-18 09:37:41 -0600 · Flag
If we are going to do this, let’s do it right! “Move to Amend” has floated an air-tight proposal that includes not only corporations, but also unions, non-profits and PACs. This concept, along with public financing of elections (that multiplies small donations of individuals and prohibits any other funding) will make our elected officials accountable to their constituents instead of bowing to the will of special interest money.