Rootstrikers is a non-partisan, grassroots activist organization that is fighting the corrupting influence of money in politics. Rootstrikers was founded in April, 2011 by professor and activist Lawrence Lessig, and political activist Joe Trippi. Rootstrikers serves as a facilitator for a non-partisan, citizen led effort to remove corporate lobbyists’ influence over Congress and to reform campaign finance. In November 2011, Rootstrikers, along with Change Congress and Fix Congress First, became a project of United Republic, a non-partisan 501 (c) 4 organization.
The Anti Corruption Pledge
In his book, One Way Forward, Lessig proposed the Anti-Corruption Pledge. Lessig launched the Pledge as a project of Rootstrikers on February 24th, 2012 on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, . The Pledge has four provisions to fight corruption:
- [to] Provide that public elections are publicly funded
- [to] Limit, and make transparent, independent political expenditures
- [to] Close the revolving door between Congress and K Street
- [to] Reaffirm that when the Declaration of Independence spoke of entities “endowed by their Creator with unalienable Rights,” it was speaking of natural persons only
The pledge is open to both the public and Congress men and women to sign and show their support for the fight against corruption.
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