Tell St Pete City Hall: Limit Money in Politics

We’re working to get St Petersburg to reject big money in politics – and we need your help!

The Defend Our Democracy Ordinance bans SuperPAC contributions to politicians’ campaigns, and limits contributions by foreign corporations to $5,000.

Read the Ordinance.

Our path to victory in City Council

June 22: Reading of the Whole
Sept 7: First Reading
Sept 21: Second Reading
Enacted

Just fill in your name, zipcode, and email, and hit Send Message.

Or, Write Your Own

Make a clear request

Please vote YES to support the ordinance to ban Super PACs and to limit campaign contributions from corporations with foreign investors to $5,000. Please do not substitute disclosure as a substitute for this ordinance – it will not address the core problem of money undermining our democratic system. We must put stop unlimited Super PAC money.

State your personal reasons

The reason I want you to vote YES is because I think we have to do this. The cost to do nothing and allow our elections to be bought and sold will far outweigh the possible two-million dollar cost. I do not believe corporations are people. I believe that Super PAC campaign contributions do influence elections in an unfair way. I do not want St Pete elected officials to be influenced by special interests by accepting contributions to their campaign.

Thank you

Thank you for your service. I know that representing the interests of so many different people can be a challenge. I appreciate that you take your work seriously and want to make St Pete a better place to live, work and play

Talking points in favor of the ordinance; use to create your personal email

  • I want to ensure that big money influences do not influence the outcome of our municipal elections
  • I understand that if we pass the ordinance and are challenged in court, and lose, the city may have to pay legal fees for the opposing side, and that that amount may approach $2M. I want you to vote yes anyway.
  • We have to do this. The cost to do nothing and allow our elections to be bought far outweighs the $2M cost.
  • I do not believe corporations are people. I believe that Super PAC campaign contributions do influence elections in an unfair way.
  • It is not fair that people with a lot of money and big corporations are able to influence elections through their campaign contributions, even if those contributions go through a Super PAC or a corporation.
  • Foreign citizens should have no voice in our elections, and corporations with foreign citizen investors should not be able to contribute money to elections.
  • The courts have consistently held that foreign citizens are not allowed to influence our elections through financial contributions. If corporations are people, and made up of people, including foreign citizens, they should not be allowed to influence our elections through financial contributions to Super PACs.
  • I support a limit of $5,000 campaign contribution because that was the limit before the Citizens United ruling, and I want to go back to that limit for corporations and PACs—no more Super PACs.
  • Super PACs are a really bad idea because they allow big money to influence our elections
  • Disclosure alone won’t eliminate the harm done; preventing unlimited spending through SuperPACs will.
  • Proposing disclosure instead of genuine campaign finance reform is simply a diversion that will prevent us from confronting the real problem.
  • Create your own (make it short and concise, don’t be afraid to be personal)

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Your pledge will go toward urgent and necessary support for the defense of St. Petersburg’s proposed ordinance to abolish super PACs and limit foreign corporate spending in city elections.

Share & Get Involved

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  • For more info or to get involved, contact Bruce Nissen at 727.289.3973, Julie Kessel at jbkessel@verizon.net, or Rae Claire Johnson at 727.421.8460.