Microsoft’s VP of Technology & Civic Engagement (Dan’l Lewin, right in photo) kicked off the Civic Hall’s Personal Democracy Forum 2016, and TBOR’s Executive Director (John Pudner, left in photo) will present at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Pudner will cover how an open source “People’s Democracy Playbook,” can enable candidates to be elected without being addicted to the constant pursuit of political contributions. The panel is called, “Don’t Be Overcharged–How Open Data is Changing the Political Ad Marketplace.”
In conversation Wednesday, Pudner cited his work to rally public opinion against the break up of Microsoft in 1999 as a response to the beginning of the political-industrial example. Bill Gates focused on building his business rather than putting money into politics, a fact that threatened the company as the Justice Department considered breaking up the company that avoided political contributions and thus lacked political clout.
“The ‘pay for play’ system can be a ‘pay to survive’ program when companies are compelled to budget huge dollars to political efforts,” John Pudner said Thursday.
TBOR Advisory Board Member Peter Schweizer noted in his book Extortion that political spending is most typically demanded by politicians, either in exchange for legislative, regulatory, or other benefits, or in an attempt by the payee to avoid being harmed by some government action. (see book review by the Beacon)
Thursday Pudner argues that an open source playbook to allow officials to be elected without feeding the political-industrial complex will ultimately free businesses from being compelled to divert money from improving their business to politics.
Those in New York can register to attend the event by clicking here. Press inquiries can be directed to Press Secretary Jared Thomas at email@example.com or 404.663.3646, who is available for interviews or can set up interview times for Pudner.