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(17,997 posts)
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 10:04 PM Dec 2015

Two DUers made it on The Young Turks!

Last edited Fri Dec 4, 2015, 02:11 PM - Edit history (3)

Alison Hartson, the leader of Americans Take Action California, who was also the driving force behind getting the historic resolution, AJR1 (Gatto, 2014) to pass, and I are in a group picture in a segment of TYT!

Alison has been on TYT many times. She's a powerhouse who is leading the way in California for publicly funded elections and getting corporate money out of politics. She's worked on the national stage with Wolf Pac as well.

Here's a little bit of what's she's accomplished:


Now, on to the current important stuff, getting corporate money out of, and publicly funded elections in, California. The California Fair Reform for Equality in Elections, aka, California FREE Act is the way to do it and you can help.

It won't take more than a couple minutes to take this small step for democracy. Here's how:

Go to SaveDemocracy.org
Print the petition.
Sign the petition.
Mail it to the address on the instructions.

Done. You just helped save democracy.

If you are in California, please do the above. If you don't live in California but know someone that does, please tell them how easily they can help save democracy.

And here's Cenk talking about it. Alison is the one in both group pictures, on the far left in the second group and second to the left in the first group. I'm the "blonde" on the far right in the first group.

It may not be the cover of the Rolling Stone but I'm thrilled!

Two DUers made it on The Young Turks! (Original Post) marym625 Dec 2015 OP
Thanks for this! Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #1
Thank you, Alison marym625 Dec 2015 #5
Hells ya we are Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #9
YAY!! marym625 Dec 2015 #14
Thank You For Sharing And All The Positive Efforts To Date cantbeserious Dec 2015 #10
It is always my pleasure Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #26
End of message marym625 Dec 2015 #29
I like knowing Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #37
LOL! n/t marym625 Dec 2015 #48
Hats off to you too! blackspade Dec 2015 #18
And hats off to you for Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #24
Thanks! I love it. blackspade Dec 2015 #31
Hate to break it to ya Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #35
No surprise here. blackspade Dec 2015 #42
Excellent! Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #45
Well done!!! Welcome to DU! bettyellen Dec 2015 #20
Thanks so much! Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #21
We appreciate your hard work! bettyellen Dec 2015 #23
That goes a lot further than you might think. Thank you. Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #28
You should X post in the California group! And post there. bettyellen Dec 2015 #30
Good idea Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #36
here is a link- you can add it to "your subscriptions" and it gets added to your side bar. bettyellen Dec 2015 #38
So helpful Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #46
Hey, good job! cui bono Dec 2015 #53
Why thank you! Alison Hartson Dec 2015 #65
K&R yuiyoshida Dec 2015 #83
Since this is a thread about getting money out of politics, I am going to go out on a limb rhett o rick Dec 2015 #2
^^^this^^^ ViseGrip Dec 2015 #3
well, we're talking state level so maybe they'll agree with this. marym625 Dec 2015 #7
Crickets.... blackspade Dec 2015 #19
And again, marym625 Dec 2015 #80
Looks like you nailed it. floriduck Dec 2015 #86
That's awesome!!! And there you are :) arcane1 Dec 2015 #4
it sure is, acrane1! marym625 Dec 2015 #8
One of the most important things we can do Autumn Dec 2015 #6
Thank you, Autumn! marym625 Dec 2015 #11
K&R for your wonderful efforts, you guys! MrMickeysMom Dec 2015 #12
Thank you. MMM!! marym625 Dec 2015 #16
May I please take this opportunity Aerows Dec 2015 #13
Awe, thank you so much. Aerows! marym625 Dec 2015 #22
HUGE K & R !!! - Thank You !!! WillyT Dec 2015 #15
Thank you. Willy!! marym625 Dec 2015 #25
Congrats! blackspade Dec 2015 #17
Thank you! marym625 Dec 2015 #27
Will do! blackspade Dec 2015 #32
THANK YOU! marym625 Dec 2015 #33
Thank you. SamKnause Dec 2015 #34
Thank you, Sam marym625 Dec 2015 #49
This is so important...thank you. rusty quoin Dec 2015 #39
Thank you, Rusty marym625 Dec 2015 #50
I went to the website and signed up, phone number and all. rusty quoin Dec 2015 #57
AWESOME! marym625 Dec 2015 #63
KICK Juicy_Bellows Dec 2015 #40
Ha, cool! Thank you! marym625 Dec 2015 #51
Ha! Juicy_Bellows Dec 2015 #54
LOL!! marym625 Dec 2015 #62
Great Info. Mary. Thank you nt Live and Learn Dec 2015 #41
Thank you, Live and Learn marym625 Dec 2015 #55
I am in southern CA. I will spread the word. Thanks again. nt Live and Learn Dec 2015 #66
Thank you so much! marym625 Dec 2015 #67
Awesome!!! chervilant Dec 2015 #43
Thank you! marym625 Dec 2015 #56
Congratulations! Art_from_Ark Dec 2015 #44
Thank you, Art! marym625 Dec 2015 #58
And for good reason! Art_from_Ark Dec 2015 #60
hee hee marym625 Dec 2015 #64
I've got to say, I admire your activism Art_from_Ark Dec 2015 #70
Thank you, again, Art! marym625 Dec 2015 #74
Well, you're still doing a LOT! Art_from_Ark Dec 2015 #78
hee hee marym625 Dec 2015 #79
Reforming our quasi-legal system of legislative bribery ronnie624 Dec 2015 #47
I so agree! marym625 Dec 2015 #59
Awesome! Keep up the good fight!!! cui bono Dec 2015 #52
Thank you cui bono! marym625 Dec 2015 #61
Great work Alison and Mary lovemydog Dec 2015 #68
Thank you! marym625 Dec 2015 #69
Awesome! Rec & Kick! MerryBlooms Dec 2015 #71
Thank you! marym625 Dec 2015 #75
Thank you Alison and Mary! panader0 Dec 2015 #72
Thank you! marym625 Dec 2015 #76
Kicked and recommended! Enthusiast Dec 2015 #73
As are your words of encouragement marym625 Dec 2015 #77
Go Wolf Pac! mntleo2 Dec 2015 #81
Thank you, Cat! marym625 Dec 2015 #82
When I click on the link to sign the petition, Utopian Leftist Dec 2015 #84
it is. marym625 Dec 2015 #85
Really appreciate what you two Marty McGraw Dec 2015 #87
That's wonderful! marym625 Dec 2015 #88

Alison Hartson

(39 posts)
1. Thanks for this!
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 10:39 PM
Dec 2015

Great post about a great campaign. So glad we got you in the picture. You're a huge part of this movement and I'm glad to do it alongside you.


(17,997 posts)
5. Thank you, Alison
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 10:50 PM
Dec 2015

What a lovely thing to say.

Couldn't do any of it if it weren't for you.

We're going to get this done!!


(17,997 posts)
29. End of message
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 11:55 PM
Dec 2015

Usually used to let you know there's nothing but what's in the subject line but some people use it in the "message text" box.

People also use "n/t" which means "no text"

And now you know everything I know.


(10,056 posts)
31. Thanks! I love it.
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 11:58 PM
Dec 2015

Last edited Fri Dec 4, 2015, 01:05 AM - Edit history (1)

Unfortunately, I live in the land of political corruption and fraud (KY).
So the rest of you guys will have to drag this political shithole out of the mire.
Not that I won't be putting gravel under the flat tires and giving it a push!

Alison Hartson

(39 posts)
35. Hate to break it to ya
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 12:35 AM
Dec 2015

but it's all corrupt. I travel around the nation working on this issue and see the same kind of corruption, different state. While it certainly looks different from state to state depending on the political makeup and laws/traditions, at the end of the day they're all owned and run by the machine. They're all corrupted and only getting worse, which is why we must act now. GOOD NEWS: I also work on this at the national level to get an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and our plan is actually working. Go to wolf-pac.com to join the team. We passed Wolf PAC's legislation here in California and are doing so in all states. KY could certainly use your help!


(10,056 posts)
42. No surprise here.
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 01:04 AM
Dec 2015

Ky has its own 'special' brand of corruption. Both parties are bellied up to the trough.
I've already joined the PAC in KY!



(47,209 posts)
30. You should X post in the California group! And post there.
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 11:55 PM
Dec 2015

Some good peeps on your coast. Wishing you great success.



(47,209 posts)
38. here is a link- you can add it to "your subscriptions" and it gets added to your side bar.
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 12:46 AM
Dec 2015

There is also an Activism group found in the topics. Been a bit slow lately, but worth an X post too.

Alison Hartson

(39 posts)
46. So helpful
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 01:22 AM
Dec 2015

Added to my subscriptions. I'll do the post tomorrow when there might be more traffic than this time of night. Thanks a ton.


rhett o rick

(55,981 posts)
2. Since this is a thread about getting money out of politics, I am going to go out on a limb
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 10:42 PM
Dec 2015

and bet not one HRC supporter will weigh in. While progressives believe that getting money out of politics is a DEmocratic Principle, the Clinton supporters are ok with dirty money as long as it helps their candidate. Ask them if they support political quid pro quo and see them run.


(17,997 posts)
7. well, we're talking state level so maybe they'll agree with this.
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 10:54 PM
Dec 2015

This is something everyone is sick of, money in politics and especially elections.

Hoping you're wrong on this, which would be really unusual. You're almost always right.



(2,262 posts)
86. Looks like you nailed it.
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 03:16 PM
Dec 2015

Only one Hill fan and it was positive. All those millions of others, not so much.



(38,613 posts)
4. That's awesome!!! And there you are :)
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 10:50 PM
Dec 2015

This cause is the one that affects most other causes. It's the most fundamental of them all!


(17,997 posts)
11. Thank you, Autumn!
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 11:01 PM
Dec 2015

We're trying! And Alison is one wonderful leader!

We've got a ton of great people and they're all dedicated and working hard.

Thank you my dear friend



(39,961 posts)
13. May I please take this opportunity
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 11:07 PM
Dec 2015

to tell you just how fabulous you are?

Seriously. You absolutely rock!


(17,997 posts)
27. Thank you!
Thu Dec 3, 2015, 11:51 PM
Dec 2015

I appreciate it.

Hope you can help us! Very cool to take a small step for democracy! Or get your California friends to sign!

Thank you, again!


(17,997 posts)
49. Thank you, Sam
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 01:47 AM
Dec 2015

So nice of you. Doing our best.

If you're in California, please sign the petition. If you're not but know people in California, please turn them on to this.

Thank you, again. So sweet of you


(17,997 posts)
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 02:16 AM
Dec 2015

For us, California? Or Wolf-pac? Either way, that's fabulous! Just hoping it's California and we'll get to meet you!


(17,997 posts)
55. Thank you, Live and Learn
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 01:54 AM
Dec 2015

I can't remember if you're in California or not. If you are, or know people here, any help would be appreciated

Thank you again!


(17,997 posts)
56. Thank you!
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 01:56 AM
Dec 2015

I don't know how brave it is but we're trying. Need to get money out!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your kind words, everyone's kind words, help.


(17,997 posts)
74. Thank you, again, Art!
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 09:32 AM
Dec 2015

Just doing what I can, which is no where near what so many others here are doing.

#FeelTheBern #Bernie2016 #caFREEact


(17,997 posts)
79. hee hee
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 09:56 AM
Dec 2015

I truly just lucked out. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time.

I'm trying! And people like you, helping to get the word out, even if just with a kick, is doing wonders. We've already gotten a couple of new volunteers and at least a few signatures. Every little bit counts!

So, to you, my friend!


(5,764 posts)
47. Reforming our quasi-legal system of legislative bribery
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 01:33 AM
Dec 2015

is the key to reform in other areas of our government and society, like foreign policy and education.

I can't think of a more worthy cause. Kudos.


(17,997 posts)
59. I so agree!
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 02:06 AM
Dec 2015

I think my first post on du was about getting money out of politics. I'm just glad I can do this and Bernie stuff.

Thank you very much!


(17,997 posts)
61. Thank you cui bono!
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 02:09 AM
Dec 2015

That's the plan. And any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Even if it's just emailing the information to people in California.

Thank you so much


(11,833 posts)
68. Great work Alison and Mary
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 02:38 AM
Dec 2015

and all who take the time to support this bill to get publicly funded elections.


(17,997 posts)
69. Thank you!
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 03:06 AM
Dec 2015

I appreciate it and I'm sure all the other volunteers do as well.

If you can help out, we would be grateful! Every signature gets us closer to our goal

Have a great night, lmd!


(17,997 posts)
75. Thank you!
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 09:35 AM
Dec 2015

The support for us and this prop is amazing. It really helps us want to do more. Thank you!


(17,997 posts)
77. As are your words of encouragement
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 09:39 AM
Dec 2015

Everyone saying such encouraging things just makes us want to work harder

Thank you, Enthusiast!


(2,527 posts)
81. Go Wolf Pac!
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 12:38 PM
Dec 2015

Small confession: (sob)
I am mostly a lurker but long time member since I have been here almost since the beginning and DU is one the the first places I go to to find news and worthy comments. But today I have to post something because I haven't posted anything in the past 30 days and so until I post again my stuff is gone. Gah!

But I cannot think of a more important place to post since The Wolf Pac is kicking ass and taking names (literally) The Wolf Pac is da bomb!

Love, Cat in Seattle


(17,997 posts)
82. Thank you, Cat!
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 12:45 PM
Dec 2015

Seattle is the bomb! Seriously, you guys have inspired us!

They only keep the "my post" stuff for 30 days

Keep posting! We need all the attention we can get

Go #WolfPac! #GoATA! #caFREEact

I'm honored to be the post you posted to. Thank you!


(17,997 posts)
85. it is.
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 02:14 PM
Dec 2015

But it's a redirect and taking FOREVER to load. I changed it to the direct site, http://cafreeact.com/small-act-for-democracy/

Thank you for letting me know. Thank you even more for going to the site and signing!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Yay you!!!

Marty McGraw

(1,024 posts)
87. Really appreciate what you two
Fri Dec 4, 2015, 05:03 PM
Dec 2015

Have Done. Will be ribbing my work buddies in So. Cal. to visit the link and participate as well

Thank you again for your hard work

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