Candidate Elaine Marshall’s support of "Fight Washington Corruption Pledge" announced at Asheville rally
At a rally in downtown Asheville on Tuesday, North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R.-N.C., in this fall’s midterm election, sent word of her support of a pledge to “fight Washington corruption.” Some 70 people rallied at Pritchard Park at one of 170 such events around the country sponsored by the progressive group MoveOn.org. Susan Dotson-Smith, regional volunteer representative for the Marshall campaign, read a statement saying that Sec. Marshall had signed the pledge and fully supported its goals.
The Fight Washington Corruption Pledge, the centerpiece of MoveOn’s national “The Other 98%” campaign, calls for 1) overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling giving corporations the right to buy elections, 2) passing the Fair Elections Now Act to empower grassroots-fueled candidates, and 3) throttling corporate lobbyists’ influence. From now through the elections, MoveOn members around the country will be asking elected officials to stand with them and support the pledge to help stop corporate control of Washington.
The pledge, which was developed from ideas submitted by tens of thousands of Americans and endorsed by 96 percent of MoveOn’s five million members, is part of MoveOn’s campaign to make government work for the 98 percent of people who aren’t represented by corporate lobbyists.
Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell and Life o’ Mike founder Leslie Boyd addressed the rally, which was emceed by Lesley Groetsch, co-host of the Local Edge Radio show on 880 AM. Councilman Bothwell urged voters to contact their N.C. state senators and ask them to allow Asheville and other municipalities to approve public financing of local elections.
“From BP to Wall Street bailouts, the news frustrates and angers voters like me,” said Asheville MoveOn Council Coordinator Cheryl Orengo, “but it’s important to recognize that these crises aren’t caused by just a few out-of-control corporations. The real problem is corporate control of Washington. Just as candidate Marshall has done, it’s time for all politicians to answer this question: Will they do the bidding of corporations and their lobbyists or sign the Fight Washington Corruption Pledge and stand with us to make government work again?”
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