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FAQ

WHAT ARE VOTER ISSUE ALLIANCES?

VIAs are groups of citizens who think alike on specific issues and consider the issue so important to themselves, their families, and their future that they seek the pledge of candidates for office to support this position in return for the VIA participants votes at the next election.

WHY ARE VIAs EFFECTIVE?

VIAs help citizens regain control of their governments. They signify that voters are paying attention to the candidates, once elected these officials know they are being monitored by VIA participants, and the goals expressed in the Preamble to the Constitution become paramount once again — establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.

CONNECTION BETWEEN VIAs & CORRUPTION

We believe that big money in politics is corrupting. Nearly all the money raised for political campaigns is devoted to advertising and the advertising is aimed at convincing voters to favor a particular candidate. It isn’t balanced, fair, or always accurate. But it is corrupting. Why? Because those who give money expect something in return for their “investment.” Someone doing as paid, rather than what is right, has corrupted the system.

DO WE HAVE ANY PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF WHAT A CORRUPT SYSTEM DOES?

Big money has learned how relatively easily elections can be manipulated through effective advertising bought with their contributions. Corruption is a cancer; once it starts, it spreads. Corrupt messages in election campaigns do as much damage as corrupt activities in government offices.

HOW DO VIAs ACTUALLY WORK?

One or more citizens contacts VIA at info@voterissuealliance.org to describe the political issue that most concerns them. The VIA coordinators then create an ISSUE STATEMENT. Once it is approved, the original proponent is asked to share the comment with his or her family and friends and all of the recipients are urged to pass the statement to their email contact lists.

HOW ARE CANDIDATES INVOLVED?

Once the ISSUE STATEMENT is circulating, proponents are asked to tell VIA coordinators how many emails were sent and to share any comments received. VIA coordinators provide a follow-up email incorporating the issue into a PLEDGE. Each recipient is asked to send the pledge to candidates for office in his area as well as candidates for national office. VIA coordinators send copies of the Pledge to local media covering the candidates’ districts.

HOW DO WE KNOW IF THE VIA IS MAKING AN IMPACT?

When the volume of incoming emails is great enough, when the questions from media are persistent enough, when opponents adopt positions on the ISSUE STATEMENT clearly enough, all candidates will feel the pressure to take a stand that will show up in their campaign speeches, mailers, TV advertisements, social media posts, and response emails. As one or more proponents hear about the response, word of which candidates favor and which candidates oppose the issue will pass among proponents.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A VIA AND AN INTEREST GROUP?

An interest group has structure—an office, staff, and in today’s world, a website and an EMail list to support a specific LEGISLATIVE or ADMINISTRATIVE goal. VIA’s, on the other hand, deal with ELECTORAL POLITICS, not those who emerge from the results of an election, seeking to elect candidates who agree on specific issues. VIAs are designed to forgo the need for staff, offices, and websites. They exist on the energy of their participants and rely on EMail and social media to reach their goal of changing some aspect of American life.

WHAT IS AN ISSUE STATEMENT?

An issue statement consists of a brief DESCRIPTION of the problem that needs to be solved followed by a short DECLARATION that states why the problem needs solution. While we know that problems have long histories and complex structures, we also know that people have short attention spans. As a result, we try to keep the DESCRIPTIONS to 150 words and the DECLARATIONS to 50 words.

WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK OF THE IDEA?

Here are just a few comments we have heard:

I enjoy being a part of a movement to eradicate corruption by people who are supposed to be serving our needs. Worthy cause. Hurrah for the little people…together we can move mountains & have a better system for all Americans.

I strongly endorse … this new and bold initiative. I think you’ll find that it is an idea who’s time has come and is long overdue.

This is a worthy cause in today’s political climate, and for the future of elections. Everyone should take interest and get involved.

An interesting response to the Citizens United decision.

IS THIS A NEW IDEA?

In part. The Internet has made its implementation plausible as a countervailing force to big money in politics. It costs nothing to gather a group and that has to scare the pros who think they can control voters. But it is also an old idea.

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote: “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

EDMUND BURKE, the famous English conservative statesman, famously said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

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