Proposal to prevent corporations buying politicians Special

Posted Nov 9, 2011 by Katerina Nikolas
In October, Cenk Uygur, King of the Young Turks, announced the launch of Wolf-PAK during Occupy Wall Street protests. Wolf-PAK is a political action committee with a mission to pass the 28th Amendment to prevent corporations buying politicians
New York City: Occupy Wall Street
New York City: Occupy Wall Street
Phillip Stearns
As mainstream coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests remained largely lacking at the start of the movement, it was given extensive coverage on the video news channel 'The Young Turks.' Cenk Uygur, the Wharton Business school educated founder of the Young Turks, announced the launch of Wolf-PAC during the Wall Street protests in Zuccotti Park in October.
Wolf-PAC is a political action group with a mission to add a 28th Amendment to the U.S. constitution. is the supporting website where interested parties can make contact with the group to lend support, offer to volunteer, make donations, sign a petition, and follow the campaign. According to Current Com. Wolf-PAC gained 3,000 volunteers in the first week and donations amounting to $35,000. Donations are primarily required to deal with legal costs, and Cenk is hoping that some of America's billionaires may give contributions to the cause.
Digital Journal contacted Cenk Uygur to ask how the donations to raise financial support are going almost four weeks into the launch of Wolf-PAC. Cenk replied "Donations are enormously important because we have to use the money to organize our volunteers. That is the work of many full time employees. Then we will use the rest of the money to buy ads to scare the hell out of politicians. If they continue to take corporate money over their voters' interests, we are going to come after them. We will concentrate all of our resources on some politicians and make an example out of them."
Wolf-PACS proposed amendment reads: "Corporations are not people. They have none of the Constitutional rights of human beings. Corporations are not allowed to give money to any politician, directly or indirectly. No politician can raise over $100 from any person or entity. All elections must be publicly financed." The aim is to stop big business buying politicians and thus make government democratically accountable to the electorate rather than their own vested interests.
Digital Journal asked Cenk Uygur if he was confident that with enough support the constitutional amendment he proposes will be passed. Cenk replied "Absolutely. I'm in the business of doing the undoable. We still live in a democracy. You have to get unbelievable momentum for votes to actually beat money, but it can still be done. We will create that momentum. We will get the amendment."
Taking the campaign directly to the Wall Street protesters, Cenk speaks more about the issues in this video.
Cenk stressed the importance of support for the campaign remaining peaceful, telling Penn Live "I want to make it clear to the people who care about this movement that it’s enormously important we are peaceful and legal, and have the moral high ground."
What Wolf-PAC does is to give focus to the Wall Street protests by stating an actual purpose. With the incredible popular voice of Cenk Uygur to promote the new amendment, supported by Wolf-PAC members and followers, an achievable aim has the potential to ensure the voice of the 99 percent is heard.