People For the American Way

Psychology Student from Brooklyn Uses Online Video to Reason with Americans About the Dangers of Big Money in Politics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2015

Contact: Layne Amerikaner or Steve Honig at People For the American Way

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WASHINGTON – A 21-year-old psychology student from Brooklyn was this week’s winner in the Democracy For All Video Challenge, which encourages people to speak out on big money in politics. The Democracy For All Video Challenge, spearheaded by Say No To Big Money and People For the American Way, selects a different best video every week from submissions made by people across the country.

The video, created by Kyu Nakama, uses paper models to explain the need for a constitutional amendment that would allow lawmakers to set reasonable limits on money in elections.

“Video gives people a voice and can be used as a catalyst for change and making the world we live in a better place, one story at a time,” said Nakama. “This contest is a great way to tell the story of the growing distance between democracy and the people; hopefully it will help encourage people to voice their own opinions and understand that change is always possible.” 

The video can be viewed at http://www.democracyforall.com/entries/democracy-for-all-3. All of the winning videos to-date are available to view at www.democracyforall.com/winners. People can enter the video challenge by submitting 30-90 second videos between now and Dec. 2. Full details are available at www.DemocracyForAll.com.

“College students have always been among the most vocal groups, speaking out for the causes in which they believe and Kyu’s video is a great example of that passion,” said Jeff Haggin, president of Say No To Big Money which created the video challenge. “This video very simply communicates the problem, why it is important and what needs to be done to make our democracy stronger.”

The Democracy For All Video Challenge was created by Say No To Big Money and People For the American Way to tap into the creative potential of people in the United States who support a constitutional amendment that would allow for reasonable limits to be set on money in elections. A panel of judges selects the most impactful videos with $1,000 being awarded to the best video each week. At the conclusion of the video challenge, five best in category videos will be awarded $5,000 each, with $25,000 being awarded to the best overall video. Rather than hire an advertising agency to produce the spots, the sponsor organizations developed the Video Challenge to enable the true voice of Americans to be heard and give people across the country a chance to earn money for their efforts.

The Democracy For All Amendment, currently being considered by Congress with 138 cosponsors in the House and 41 supporters in the Senate, would overturn decisions such as Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that paved the way for unlimited political spending by corporations and the super wealthy. 

People For the American Way (PFAW) is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American. That means equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. More information is available at www.PFAW.org.

Say No To Big Money is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation for the public benefit with the mission of supporting the ratification of the Democracy For All Amendment that will regulate campaign contributions. Say No To Big Money is nonpartisan and does not promote or take sides on any political issues nor endorse candidates or elections. More information is available at www.SayNoToBigMoney.com.

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