BEN & JERRY’S CO-FOUNDER ANNOUNCES PLAN TO RUBBER STAMP “NOT TO BE USED TO BRIBE POLITICIANS” ON OVER 1,000,000 DOLLAR BILLS ON THE 8th ANNIVERSARY OF CITIZENS UNITED.
“The Supreme Court said, when it comes to elections, money is free speech, so we’re going to make our money scream,” says Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Head Stamper of StampStampede.org
BURLINGTON, VT – Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream launched a website today urging people to pledge to stamp messages like “Not To Be Used To Bribe Politicians” and “Stamp $$$ Out of Politics” on paper currency during the week leading up to January 21, the 8th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Citizens United v. FEC as part of a national collective action to protest the corrupting influence of money in politics. In less than 24 hours of launching an online pledge page to participate, 2,363 people have collectively pledge to stamp 990,325 dollar bills.
“The tax scam, net neutrality, drilling in the Arctic wildlife refuge-- It’s simple, lawmakers have sold out the American people for campaign contributions and kickbacks,” says Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and Head Stamper at StampStampede.org. “This is a massive, decentralized, protest against big money in politics from corporations and billionaires along with a demand to pass legislation and the 28th amendment to overturn Citizens United and take back our democracy.”
Cohen’s group Stamp Stampede has partnered with over a dozen national organizations to recruit tens of thousands of people to participate in public events across the county in the week leading up to the anniversary of Citizens United on January 21.
“The beautiful thing about stamping is that anyone can do it, anytime, anywhere,” Says Cohen, “it’s a simple action that has a huge impact. Together, these million bills will be seen more than 875,000,000 times. That’s 875 million reminders to members of Congress that it’s time to start representing the people, not special interests.”
Stamp Stampede is joined by Our Revolution, Democracy For America, American Promise, Move To Amend, Franciscan Action Network, Wolf PAC, Public Citizen, Represent.Us, People For The American Way, Patriotic Millionaires, Democracy Matters, Mayday.us, New Hampshire Rebellion, Money Out Voters In, and Maine Citizens For Clean Elections.
For more information, Contact Edward Erikson, [email protected]
To learn more about the pledge visit StampStampede.org/Pledge/