A Way Forward: Campaign Reform

3000countyvertAn  open letter from UpRise Co-founder, Antonia Scatton:

In the aftermath of the presidential election, many of us are asking, “What do we do now?

There is a way forward, a way to fix our broken political process. It is campaign reform: putting local people back in charge of the political campaign process.

We have to invest in the infrastructure to support our most critical resources: the skills, local knowledge and relationships of political volunteers, people just like you.

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The Problem

The influence of money is threatening our democracy. Candidates are trapped in a cycle of fundraising and attack ads, and are increasingly out of touch with regular people.

Our Solution

We need to rebuild our campaign process from the ground up. Research shows that most effective way to reach voters is to engage volunteers to deliver a positive message, in-person.

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What Is UpRise?

UpRise will be a social network platform with volunteer organizing tools. People could use it to find or create real-world actions. Candidates and causes could use it to recruit and manage volunteers.

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“We need more folks like Uprise Campaigns working on revolutionizing the way we campaign. If we are going to continue to pull in newer generations of voters we must think outside the box and find new and different ways to reach the growing and ever-changing electorate.”

– Sally Boynton Brown, Executive Director, Idaho Democratic Party and
President of the Association of State Democratic Executive Directors