Have you ever wondered why nothing gets done about the issues that huge majorities of Americans – Democrats and Republicans alike – agree on? Even though we all want clean air and water, decent infrastructure, security, and jobs, it feels like our leaders in Washington have a different agenda.
They do. And there’s a reason for that. It’s called big money.
Here’s a fact that will blow your mind: In the 2012 election, a mere 100 super wealthy people and their spouses contributed more than 40% of all the money that went to Super PACs.
Of course, these donors don’t give out of the goodness of their hearts. The five biggest recipients of corporate tax breaks in 2012 spent $62 million in lobbying and contributed $20.6 million to political campaigns. And, astoundingly, 30 of the Fortune 500 companies spent more on lobbying than taxes between 2008 and 2010!
As ordinary Americans, we’re not going to take it anymore. It’s time to reclaim our democracy for the people.
Imagine an America where people who are most connected to their communities become our public officials. Chances are you know a teacher, parent, business owner, librarian, firefighter, or steelworker who is a pillar of your community. Maybe that person is you. Don’t you think someone like that should have an equal chance to run for office, even if they don’t have super wealthy donors?
That’s why the US Rebel Alliance was formed. We’re a nonpartisan group of regular people, pro-democracy activists, celebrities, and nonprofit organizations who believe every person’s voice deserves equal value in our Republic.
To bring this message alive, we’re harnessing the cultural energy surrounding Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens to fight for our Republic by helping to loosen big money’s tightly-held grip over politics. We believe the next installment of the most influential series in American pop culture in the last 40 years is the perfect opportunity to fight political inequality by rising up against the Empire of Big Money.
At the heart of this campaign is the Jedi Pledge, a statement of principles where you can express your support for reforms to curb the insidious influence of Big Money in politics. With your help, we are vociferously encouraging all candidates for elected office—including the presidential hopefuls—to take the Jedi Pledge.
At the end of the day, the campaign’s message is simple—we the people are the force for change.
And May the Force be With Us.