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PleaseGovern.Org is a social welfare outfit that aims to educate and organize rank and file Americans to take a more active role in their government.

Pleasegovern.org bracelet (Courtesy photo)
Pleasegovern.org bracelet (Courtesy photo)

A membership drive got underway this week for a new group that aims to make the political process more accessible to the average person, just in time for the 2014 election cycle.

PleaseGovern.Org is a social welfare outfit that aims to educate and organize rank and file Americans to take a more active role in their government.

And since it’s organized under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code, the non-partisan group can also spend nearly half of its time raising and spending money to influence elections and lobby on behalf of its causes.

“Technological advances like laptops and video-conferencing have made it possible to politically mobilize Americans from coast to coast in unprecedented ways,” said Aldrin Brown, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of PleaseGovern.Org. “Much of the activity can now be done from the comfort of people’s homes.

“We’re leveraging that technology to help average, working-class folks to harness political power by organizing their friends, neighbors or like-minded people from across the country.”

The idea has been percolating since 2011, when the debt-ceiling crisis in Congress battered stock markets and led to the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. credit rating.

Brown, a journalist for the past 20 years who largely avoided politics, said he increasingly met fellow Americans who were disgusted and frightened by the growing influence of extremist ideology in mainstream politics but felt powerless to do anything about it.   

The latest government shutdown, as well as threats of another debt-ceiling crisis fight in the weeks to come, finally spurred the group into existence.

The group has launched a website bearing its name (PleaseGovern.Org), where interested Americans can sign up to join, donate, blog or otherwise support the cause.

During a virtual organizational meeting scheduled for mid-January, participants will use free video conferencing technology to begin the process of deciding which candidates, races and issues will get the movement’s support during the 2014 elections cycle.

PleaseGovern.Org will help members set up political organizations under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code, which can then engage in unfettered political activity.

Organizers of the group said that some of those candidates could come from the ranks of members.

“We tell people to ‘support a campaign or start your own,’” Brown said. “Thanks to technology,PleaseGovern.Org can help put the levers of power back where the belong: In the hands of regular Americans.”

—News release
SA January 02, 2014 at 02:44 PM
If Please Govern. wants citizens to take an active role in “their government” educate citizens on the downfalls of voting for Democrats and or Liberals… Educate citizens on how to think and work for themselves and family not freeloaders…Oh wait the aforementioned will never happen as long as Clown Brown has a say (allowing illegal aliens to obtain a law license and male and female children to use the heads in school …)
Organizer at PleaseGovern.Org January 03, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Hi SA, PleaseGovern.Org is non-partisan and was established, in large part, to educate the public about how some politicians and special interests gain and maintain power by using petty issues to divide the U.S. electorate along ideological lines. It harkens to the Liliputians from Gulliver's Travels who went to war over whether the large or small side of a boiled egg should be broken first before eating. We believe that most Americans, when given a choice, believe as we do that there is much more that unites us than divides, and that by working together in defiance of traditional political labels we truly can create a more perfect union. PleaseGovern.Org welcome broader participation in this vital discussion.
ChrisG January 03, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Just spent a few minutes on the web site. Can't tell if it is bi-partisan or not. Our country will continue to slide as long as the pols are beholden to corporate, union and PAC dollars. If you want real change then make it illegal for any company, union or PAC to donate to political parties or politicians. Money should only come from individuals that are eligible to vote for the candidates office. That evens the playing field and gets the government working for its citizens not for corporations or unions.
SA January 04, 2014 at 01:15 PM
@OPG … I beg to differ as to traditional political labels, as if people return back to the heart of what government should be doing, we would be better off. If people think and rely on themselves we would be better off … If special interest groups take their interest(s) and shove it, we would be better off … If the word “union” was removed from the English Language, we would be better off…
Organizer at PleaseGovern.Org January 06, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Without unions it would just be corporations against workers, SA. We tried that at the beginning of the 20th Century and the little guy got trampled, remember? Unions are just collections of workers. Do they have to much power to exact dues? That's worth a spirited debate. Totally agree that the appropriate role of government is a vital discussion we should be having.
Steve Newman January 06, 2014 at 04:49 PM
SA- actually it was the Supreme court that ruled the illegal could get his law license. And what field is going to specialize in- immigration, NO. He is going to be an ambulance chaser. He got his, the hell with the rest.


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