So over the next year, that’s what we’re going to do. Our team is already spec-ing out a platform that will make it possible for our most important resource — you — to help us recruit members of Congress to support reform. That’s not a platform to ask for money. And it won’t demand much of the voters’ time. But it will enable us to recruit voters in targeted districts to make a simple ask of their incumbent representatives: Will you co-sponsor fundamental reform? And then to create the campaign to get them to yes. [See What we learned in 2014? and MAYDAY's next step.]To me, it seems a critical matter of exactly how MAYDAY views "recruit[ing] members of Congress to support reform" in light of an ostensible legislative divide between Republicans and Democrats, in which it could be asserted that Democratic members of Congress support reform and Republican members do not. See Soul searching re: Gov't by People Act. Also, consider the 54 to 42 vote in the United States Senate last September relating to the overturn of Citizens United. The 54 senators in favor of taking the step to overturn Citizens United were all Democrats and the 42 against were all Republicans.
I don't think MAYDAY can be successful if it has a 2015 action plan that merely runs off the foregoing ostensible divide between Democrats and Republicans, particularly taking into account the way Congress will be controlled by the Republicans for the next two years.
I think MAYDAY needs to fashion a pitch for reform that can be targeted at both Republican and Democratic members of Congress.
This is being developed in some quarters.
David Goodman, a team leader of the Central New Jersey Committee of Represent.Us, published this piece "A new populist alliance: Why progressives and the Tea Party should work together" in the Times of Trenton January 4, 2015 guest opinion column. (David's piece is posted at NHRebellion: What can non-walkers be doing?)
See also this US News & World Report op/ed piece: Why Conservatives Should Take a Principled Stand against Citizens United.
Represent.Us is conducting an initiative to obtain endorsements by small business owners of the provisions of the American Anti-Corruption Act. (Information about this initiative may be found at this link: Represent.Us small business endorsement.)
I look forward to seeing more of a 2015 action plan by MAYDAY, and I hope the plan will include tactics for recruiting both Republican and Democratic members of Congress to support reform.
Continued at Getting the message out.