OccupyGovernment.org Launches at Occupy Wall Street

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Providing Tools to Replace TV Ads, Online System Helps Citizens Back Candidates Who Represent the 99%

Liberty Park, Lower Manhattan. 12 Noon ET.
BeYourGovernment.org, a new non-partisan, non-profit organization is launching its OccupyGovernment.org campaign to replace, in 2012, the hundreds of members of Congress corrupted by corporate money, with honest candidates willing to represent the 99% of Americans who are not multi-millionaires.

OccupyGovernment.org represents a new phase in the Occupy movement.
The campaign will focus on letting citizens reject corporate funded politicians with a simple online pledge, and on recruiting hundreds of Congressional candidates who likewise reject the corporate campaign model. Early qualifying 2012 candidates include Norman Solomon of California’s 2nd Congressional District, and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, who quickly raised $3 million from small donors by standing up for the 99%.

OccupyGovernment.org is part of a free new BeYourGovernment.org web system that helps citizens and candidates use social networks to displace the corporate-funded multi million dollar TV ad campaigns thought to be necessary to get elected.

The system will include Candidate Platform Pages, a guide for how to run for Congress, free political home pages for citizens, and a library of issue-oriented videos by citizens and candidates. Voters will be able to browse every congressional debate by question and candidate, with independent candidates equally represented in debates for the first time. The Candidate Platform, issue videos and debate videos will allow citizens to find and provide grassroots support to the independent candidates who best represent them.

BeYourGovernment founding director Liz Abzug, a former New York City candidate and Barnard professor, says, "My mother Bella fought for the 99%, for civil rights, women’s rights and an end to war. She would share my outrage at the corruption of Congress that has used government to decimate the middle class by redistributing wealth to the super-rich.”

"BeYourGovernment wasn't possible in the last century," says Dr. David Levitt, computer scientist and a founding director of the new non-profit. "Then the only way to reach voters was with expensive TV ads. Now far more Americans are on Facebook than voted in 2010 – and they’re getting political information from web video.”

Jonathan Greenberg, founder and Executive Director of the organization, is a new media manager and journalist who in 1982 was the lead reporter for the first Forbes 400 list of wealthy Americans. During the past 30 years, the wealth of those 400 has grown to exceed the net worth of 150 million Americans. Says Greenberg, “Let’s move the Occupy movement into the 2012 ballot box, end our system of legal bribery and replace a corrupt Congressional majority. They’ve got the money but we’ve got the numbers — and the Internet.”

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