"We must drive the special interests out of
politics. The citizens of the United States
must effectively control
the mighty commercial forces
which they have themselves called into
being. There can be no
effective control of corporations while their
political activity remains."
- Teddy Roosevelt
Doris "Granny D" Haddock
Our Partner In
Campaign Finance Reform
The Alliance believes the development of a full public funding
system is the crucial domestic reform of our age and that the
achievement of such a system will dramatically improve the health of
our democracy -- a democracy that is being smothered under the weight
of large corporations and the private interests they embody.
The Alliance also believes that the achievement of public funding
will not occur until campaign finance reform efforts are galvanized
into a full-fledged reform movement. The tinder of public opinion as it
relates to this issue is dry; we hope to help provide the sparks that
will ignite public opinion by thoughtfully utilizing the established
techniques of nonviolent direct action.
Nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, has always
been the activating ingredient in all the great internal
transformations of the American system. In the suffrage movement, the
labor movement and the civil rights movement we learned that people of
conscience can arouse public passion and transforms frozen social
situations into dramatic triumphs for justice.
It is now clear that it is the missing ingredient in the fight for
clean and fair elections. Whether it be through our Granny D or our
Democracy Brigades Project, it is the ingredient the Alliance is now