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#DemocracySpring Crashes Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Press Briefing

© AP Photo / J. Scott ApplewhiteVoting rights reform demonstrators stage a sit-in at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, April 11, 2016, urging lawmakers to take money out of the political process.
Voting rights reform demonstrators stage a sit-in at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, April 11, 2016, urging lawmakers to take money out of the political process. - Sputnik International
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On day two of Democracy Spring, a week of civil disobedience in the nation’s capital to get money out of politics, activists including AFV’s executive director Lauren Windsor interrupted Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s weekly press stakeout.
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McConnell is the leading opponent of campaign finance reform, one of the main goals of the Democracy Spring protests.

Also participating in the action were filmmakers Eric Byler and Annabel Park, and Democracy Spring organizers Joseph Huff-Hannon and Elise Whitaker.

“Mitch McConnell is the number one foe of campaign finance reform,” said AFV Executive Director Lauren Windsor.

“We got a glimpse inside his thinking on the issue with the release of the Koch tapes in 2014, detailing his commitment to deregulating money in politics throughout his time in elected office. It is abominable that the Senate Majority Leader believes that the passage of the campaign finance reform bill McCain-Feingold was the ‘worst day’ of his political career. Today, we interrupted him to say that we will no longer be silenced by the flood of big money into our elections by the 1%." 

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On Monday, over 400 people were arrested in what is being called the largest sit-in, and the most arrests to ever take place at a protest, at the Capitol.

“Eighty-five percent of Americans agree that we need to address the legalized bribery that is our pay to play system and today’s impressive turn out shows the resolve of these patriotic defenders of the Republic in demanding that Congress immediately take action to redress these easy to resolve grievances,” Democracy Spring’s communications director Peter Callahan told Sputnik News.

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