We are now nearly seven days into our field audit by the Federal Election Commission, and we have a clearer picture of what to expect from our auditors. Last Tuesday, the field team arrived in our Madison, Wisconsin office and began work. Each day, they go through our files and submit requests for answers about specific expenses, reports, and income. Our staff then has between 24 to 48 hours to respond to each request. We expect that this process will go on for another 4 weeks, at which point the auditors will issue a preliminary report.
It is no understatement that the Jill Stein for President team is committed to ensuring that this audit leave Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala and the Green Party in as strong a position as possible. We have made great progress in our preparations for this moment. But the reality still is that we are dealing with an audit process designed for campaigns 100 to 1000 times the size of ours. Please make a donation to help us get through this difficult period.
Our spring wave of Green Campaign Schools are done, and thanks to you, nearly 500 people took part in our regional trainings across the country, in Minnesota and Massachusetts, Oregon and Texas, New York and California. Thanks to Craig Seeman of the Green Party of New York State, we have videos of a number of the sessions at the New York City campaign school, and have provided those below.
Posted by Jill Stein for President · April 17, 2013 6:59 PM
The results are in, and together with our partners at Northwoods Advertising, we are proud to announce that our TV advertising campaigns have won not one, not two, but six prestigious Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants. All three of these ad campaigns were produced by the incredible folks at Northwoods Advertising with the intimate involvement of our campaign team, who supplied original scripts, concepts, images, and more.
Our controversy-producing TV ad, "Enough!," which Google TV attempted to censor for calling American politics what they are, won a silver in the "Television" category, as well as bronzes in "Best Use of Humor" and "Best in Show."
Our "Climate Storm" ad, produced in one day in response to Hurricane Sandy and the Obama-Romney chorus on fracking, Keystone XL, and Middle East oil policy, won a silver in "Best Use of Negative Contrast" as well as a bronze in "Best in Show."
Our three-part "Most Important Color" ad campaign (aka "What Does Green Mean?") won a bronze in "Best in Show."
You can find below all three of these TV ad campaigns, seen by tens of millions of voters in almost every state across the country. You can also click here to see them.
Of this extended interview by Lauren Windsor on Current TV's The Young Turks, Windsor says:
"I talk to Ben Manski, the campaign manager for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, about her race and the fate of the party vis a vis the political reality of two-party hegemony. He tells me about his work with the democracy movement, and gives me an update on the progress of Move to Amend. Watch to find out about the Citizens United sequester... Enjoy!"
Posted by Jill Stein for President · April 16, 2013 5:07 PM
Dr. Jill Stein is overseas this week on a speaking tour as a guest of the Green parties of Scandinavia. She issued the following statement last night regarding the bombings of the Boston Marathon in her home state of Massachusetts:
"The news about the bombings in Copley Square is terrible. No city or state or people deserve such violence, but I can't help but feel especially sad that Bostonians and our visitors were the victims today. Let this violence not lead to further violence."
Jill Stein, the Green Party's 2012 presidential candidate today condemned the recently released Obama 2014 budget proposal, issuing the following statement:
"Despite his campaign promises to protect Social Security and make the economy fair, Obama’s budget throws the American people under the bus. And it gives the economic elite a free ride on that same bus that’s running us over.
Specifically, this budget swaps the painful $1.2 trillion in sequester cuts for a different, but equally painful, new package of cuts worth the same amount. As part of these new cuts, the President is leading the charge to roll back Medicare and Social Security – the “Grand Bargain” with ruthless corporate Republicans that Obama has promoted for years. There is nothing grand about dismantling the crown jewels of the New Deal and the Great Society.
Congratulations are in order to Dean Loumos and Ledell Zellers, two Madison, Wisconsin Green Party members who were elected yesterday to the Madison School Board and the Madison Common Council, respectively!
There was good news in other parts of Wisconsin as well: Rae Vogeler, a former Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate, was elected to the Oregon School Board. And the voters of Fort Atkinson and Whitewater both joined the Move to Amend by voting overwhelmingly (84% and 77%) for the We the People Amendment (see http://www.WethePeopleAmendment.org).
We thank all of the Greens who ran for office in Madison this Spring.
Thanks to CJ Terrell, Damon Terrell, Barbara Davis, Christian Hanson, Sarah Manski, Leslie Peterson and Hawk Sullivan, each of whom ran strong campaigns we can be proud of. Sarah Manski, who won her primary with 45% of the vote, withdrew from the race shortly after the primary for family reasons, yet still won a third of the general election vote from diehard supporters.
Now on to elections in Chicago and Washington D.C.!
Please read this important letter from Dr. Jill Stein . . .
Together, for the past two years, we've been hard at work, building a strong force of political resistance for people, peace and the planet. Now our hard-won gains are at serious risk.
We made history as an insurgent campaign, establishing the Green Party as the voice of political opposition to austerity, expanding war, climate collapse and the surveillance state. Now we're building resistance through Green Campaign Schools (see picture at right), together with state Green parties in the midwest, northeast, northwest, southwest, and south. Already we've trained over 330 people to shake up the establishment by challenging corporate power in local and state elections.
And much more is in the works.
But now we face the “Audit From Hell,” as one former campaign manager has called it. Starting next month, six Federal Election Commission (FEC) auditors will descend on our three staff in our tiny Madison office for six weeks.