BISC serves as the nerve center of proactive and defensive ballot
initiative efforts. Since 1998, their efforts have been credited with
helping progressives catch up to the right-wing's use of ballot
initiatives as a political tool. BISC adds strategic value to the progressive movement in four steps: shaping the issue landscape; pooling research, resources and tactics; winning campaigns; building progressive infrastructure.
of the corrupting power of money in politics abound, from the
Jack Abramoff scandal that put a congressman and several others in jail, to
Governor George Ryan's conviction on racketeering charges. Beyond the
overt corruption, the power of big money corporate interests thwarts efforts toward
the basic reforms that are desperately needed by the people of this country,
such as healthcare for all. And the money needed to compete in
elections, and therefore the opportunity for money to corrupt the system, is
growing rapidly. In the 2006 election cycle, state-level candidates
billion dollars. Of that, 869 million was raised by state legislative
candidates, a 32% increase from 2002.
lawmakers can lead the way on ending the corrupting influence of money over
politics and build a government that puts the needs of ordinary citizens first.The key is to change the way elections
are financed, enforce restrictions on corporate lobbyists, and reform the
process by which public contracts are awarded.