Searching for Freedom at the Iowa Freedom Summit
The Saturday before last, staffers and volunteers for AFSC's Presidential Campaign Project had the distinct priviledge of attending the Iowa Freedom Summit, a GOP candidate rally hosted by Rep. Steve King and Citizens United (yes, that Citizens United). Ironically, the only freedom we were able to find at the event was the freedom to hold our banners outside since tickets for the event were snapped up two months ago. But even standing outside in the cold, we were able to communicate our message that candidates and voters should not let big corporations set the nation's political agenda. If we had been able to get in, there was no guarantee that we would've been able to talk to candidates, as the summit's rules strictly forbade any substantive interactions between the candidates and attendees.
We talked to over a dozen press entities and got a good hit from The Des Moines Register, a nice step on our path to raising awareness about "governing under the influence." Over 92% of Americans believe that corporations wield too much influence over politics and policy-making, and we plan to continue working to empower that 92%. If you happen to see our banners out in Iowa or New Hampshire, or hear about a case of "governing under the influence" in the media, come talk to us and learn how you can join the fight.