Hollywood Fights Corruption, Celebrates Represent.Us At “Of By For Impact Awards”

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Represent.Us board member Adam McKay was honored by David O. Russell AND Katie McGrath Thursday night with inaugural “Of By For Impact Award” for his commitment to fixing America’s political system; Steve Carell, Linda Cardellini, Kate Walsh, and other celebrities attended.

Hollywood directors, producers, and celebrities showed their support for grassroots anti-corruption campaign Represent.Us and its 600,000 members at the Of By For Impact Awards in Los Angeles the evening of Thursday, October 27.

The Of By For Impact Awards were held to both honor Represent.Us board member and Hollywood director Adam McKay (The Big Short) for his lifelong commitment to fixing America’s political system and to celebrate Represent.Us members for their efforts to pass anti-corruption initiatives at the ballot this November in Washington, South Dakota, San Francisco, and two Illinois counties.

“There is irony in enlisting powerful people in Hollywood to fight powerful people in DC,” Represent.Us Executive Director Josh Silver told Variety earlier this week. “But we need to embrace that irony, because that is what it takes to win. And it’s impressive to see people who could spend their resources in a self-serving way instead choosing to fight corruption and help give everyday people a stronger voice.”

Actor Steve Carell took the stage to reflect on McKay’s passion for anti-corruption reform. He was followed by David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), also a Represent.Us board member, who presented the Of By For Impact Award to Adam McKay. Both Russell and McKay urged the audience to support Represent.Us members as they pass anti-corruption laws this November and beyond.

“One of the great things about Represent.Us is they are not reliant on the federal government to make changes,” McKay said in this week’s Variety interview. “What is so smart is they are going for more of a local grassroots approach, with ballot propositions and local changes. That is always the way it happens.”

San Francisco volunteer Morgan Aitken-Young gave a featured speech on her Represent.Us chapter’s effort to pass a ballot proposition that will stop lobbyist donations and unlimited gifts to politicians.

“It was so exciting to share my personal story of why I care about fighting corruption with this community of people,” said Aitken-Young. “The anti-corruption movement has always had support from people around the country, and now we can add Hollywood to the mix.”

“I talked with people at the Of By For event from both sides of the political aisle, conservative and progressive, and they were all excited about supporting the anti-corruption movement,” added Aitken-Young. “That’s what I love about Represent.Us, that we can all check our other issues at the door and work together to stop special interest influence and give regular people a bigger voice in our government.”

Represent.Us is the nation’s largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign, with more than 600,000 members across the country. The campaign attracts people from all across the political spectrum and champions working across the aisle to fix the nation’s political system.

The Of By For Impact Awards were held at the home of Adam and Trina Venit. Photos of the Of By For Impact Awards can be found in the links above. For more information, please contact Represent.Us at press(at)represent(dot)us.

Getty wire photos of event: http://www.wireimage.com/search/#events?q=Of%20by%20for%20awards/%5B678583199%5D&ep=1/60/1&s=3
Photos of Represent.Us volunteer Morgan Aitken-Young speaking at event: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9OUrpKyy_gNYWFsOGtUZkp4NUk?usp=sharing
Variety story on Adam McKay and David O. Russell’s involvement with Represent.Us: http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/adam-mckay-david-o-russell-corruption-represent-us-1201900543/


Represent.Us is the nation’s largest grassroots anti-corruption campaign, with more than 600,000 members. We bring together conservatives, progressives, and everyone in between to fix America’s corrupt political system. This Election Day, we are going around Congress and passing powerful anti-corruption ballot initiatives that stop political bribery, end secret money, and fix our broken elections.

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