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"They Know We Know It." Get Politicians on the Record About Corruption

We need to get every member of the House and Senate on the record about the force "that threatens to steal our democracy itself."

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The goal of this project is not merely to get every one of them on the record, but then to use what they say to help propel them to act - to reform the system -- or to hold them accountable when they either fail to act or fail to acknowledge the crisis of corruption.

Acknowledgement of an illness is the gateway to wellness. As it is with alcoholics, the first step to sobriety is publicly admitting the addiction.

And on that front, once again John Kerry was very clear: "We should not resign ourselves, Mr. President, to a distorted system that corrodes our democracy, and this is what is contributing to the justifiable anger of the American people. They know it. They know we know it. And yet nothing happens. The truth requires that we call the corrosion of money in politics what it is - it is a form of corruption and it muzzles more Americans than it empowers, and it is an imbalance that the world has taught us can only sow the seeds of unrest."

Indeed, they do know it. And they do know that we know it. And, yet, nothing is happening in Washington.

At least, until now.

Let's get every politician to take a stand - either for the status quo or against it -- so that we know who's on what side. Doing so will help all 87% of us democracy-loving Americans draw the battle lines for the future.

Please, join the cause. Become a part of the On The Record Project now.

Questions on this project? Let us know in the comments below. We will update  this scorecard with your responses. 

Nick Penniman is the President of Fund for the Republic, a national nonpartisan organization working to reduce the undue influence of money in politics through grant making, convening and catalyzing new initiatives. He is the former executive director of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, founder of the American News Project, publisher of the Washington Monthly, DC director of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, executive editor of, associate editor of American Prospect magazine and director of the Alliance for Democracy.

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