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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica in both its values and practices, affirms its belief and commitment to diversity and pluralism, which means there shall be no barriers to participation in any activity of the LWV on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

December 2, 2014 

It is that time of the year again.  We are all receiving requests from many worthy causes.  We do hope you will remember LWVSM in your giving plan.  We are especially talking to the non-members who receive our mailings every week, ued the election information, attended or watched the candidate forums we helped host and just haven't gotten around to either joining or donating.

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, it is good to set aside some time to give to those organizations we trust and use without thinking, those that are just always there.  It is easy, just click on the Donate button to the left to make a tax deductible donation.

As we are finishing our 80th year serving the Santa Monica community, may we suggest a donation of $80.00, just one for each year.  Feeling generous, $160.00 is two dollars for each year.  Or $40.00 is fifty cents for each year of service, if that is more doable. What ever is comfortable, your donation  is appreciated.

Next week we will have a beginning schedule of events for your 2015 calendar.


New Legislative Year  

A new state legislature will have taken office just yesterday.  As they are getting offices organized, starting to plan what legislation they will be introducing the first of the year, and setting other priorities, they will be thinking about the new budget to be introduced in January.  One of the sources they, and we, trust in preparing for this is the report from the Legislative Analyst Office.  That report is available to all of us here.

Most recent call to action:

Another election has come and gone and millions of Americans went to the polls to vote at the local, state and federal levels on the issues and candidates that mattered most to them. While they were working as citizens to make those important decisions, millions of dollars of secret money poured into the 2014 elections from dark money groups which hide the identity of their donors, seeking to buy our elected officials and distort our elections. And we won't ever know who paid for all of the ads that bombarded voters throughout the election.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) can do something to stop the secret money. But so far the Commission has failed to set new rules requiring full disclosure in our elections. Tell the FEC to stop the secret money that is polluting our elections!


What's more, Super PACs raised and spent more than $600 million dollars in 2014 to elect candidates who will do their bidding and defeat those who might resist. Super PACs and other outside groups can raise and spend unlimited amounts because they are supposedly "independent" from the candidates, but in reality, there are many ways to coordinate that are not


coordinating with candidates, which would put a lid on much of the outside spending from special interests.  Tell the FEC to stop the coordinated spending that is poisoning our elections!


The FEC is the federal agency in charge of our nation's campaign finance laws, but so far they've done practically nothing to address the U.S. Supreme Court's disappointing decision in Citizens United, which unleashed the secret and unlimited spending. The FEC has authority under existing law, even after Citizens United, to set disclosure rules and rigorously define "coordination," but thus far they have refused to do so.


The FEC is now receiving public comment about steps they should take "to address corruption in the political process." As a League supporter, you know how important specific regulations can be. We need you to tell the FEC to act and enforce the law.


The American voter has a right to know who is funding political campaigns. And the American public has a right to have the law against unlimited coordinated expenditures strictly enforced. Tell the FEC to shine a light on secret money and tell the FEC to stop coordinated expenditures by outside groups.

We must work to maintain the integrity of our Democracy by ensuring our elected official will be responsive to voters and not to the big money and the secret money from special interests. The stakes are too high, and the League will not stand by and let our political system be corrupted.  


Please, add your voice to thousands of others by taking action now.

And remembering the victims

Thursday, December 11 at 7:00p.m. members of LWVSM will be joining Women Against Gun Violence, The Brady Campaign, the Church in Ocean Park and others at Wilshire and Ocean to remember those lives lost to gun violence and renew our commitment to a safer world for everyone.  Please feel free to join us, bring a candle if you wish.

League of Women Voters of Santa Monica
P. O. Box 1265
Santa Monica, CA 90406
Phone: 310-692-1494


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