People For the American Way

Groups Launch Innovative Video Contest With $64,000 In Cash Prizes To Target Out Of Control Campaign Finance System


Contact: Layne Amerikaner or Drew Courtney at People For the American Way


Phone Number: 202-467-4999

Say No to Big Money and PFAW Launch Contest With Prize Money Awarded Weekly for User-Generated Videos Encouraging Action on a Constitutional Amendment to Get Big Money Out of Politics

Today Say No to Big Money and People For the American Way, with the backing of more than 150 organizations, are launching the $64,000 Democracy For All Video Challenge, a contest seeking to tap into the creative potential of Americans of all political stripes through short videos in support of a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics. From today until December 2, contest entrants can submit a 30-90 second video that includes a call-to-action in support of the Democracy For All Amendment for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money.

“With money already flooding into the 2016 campaigns, we know that Americans get the problem,” said Marge Baker, executive vice president of People For the American Way. “They’re ready to talk about solutions. We want everyday Americans to use their creativity to support getting big money out of politics. We want ordinary people to have a voice, which is why this contest, like the Democracy For All Amendment, embraces the true spirit of the First Amendment.”

“When enough Americans work together in pushing Congress to act, that’s when we’ll repair our broken democracy,” said Jeff Haggin, president of Say No to Big Money. “This contest asks those entering not only to speak out, but to encourage others to take action, too. The contest is designed to cause a chain reaction. When we activate enough constituents, the power of grassroots action will prove greater even than the power of big money.”

The Democracy For All Amendment is a proposal being considered by Congress, currently with 137 cosponsors in the House and 41 supporters in the Senate, that would overturn decisions like Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that paved the way for unlimited political spending by corporations and the super wealthy.

Say No to Big Money, the official sponsor of the contest, and People For the American Way are partnering with Act.TV, Agenda Project, American Family Voices, Coalition to Restore Democracy, Coffee Party USA, Courage Campaign, Common Cause, Free Speech For People, National Priorities Project, PF Pictures, People’s Email Network, Public Citizen, and US PIRG in this effort, with the support of more than 140 other organizations.

Full contest details and rules are available at Marge Baker and Jeff Haggin are available to speak with press. To arrange an interview, please reach out to Layne Amerikaner at