About the Campaign


Left to right: Catherine Baer of the Tea Party Network, Josh Silver of Represent.Us, Peter Butzin of FL Common Cause



On Nov. 4th, 2014, voters in Tallahassee, Florida made history by approving the first city Anti-Corruption Act in the United States by an overwhelming 2 – 1 margin.

A small but dedicated group of progressives, conservatives, and independents put aside their differences to wage an historic battle against corruption in their community, and they won.  This first-of-its-kind municipal anti-corruption referendum seeks to limit the influence of big money in politics.

Click here to watch a 4 minute video by Represent.Us about this anti-corruption win: https://represent.us/action/tallahassee/

“They weren’t afraid to call the money pouring into our political system what it is: corruption,” said Represent.us Director Josh Silver. “They went all in with comprehensive reforms instead of settling for half measures. And they did it all by sidestepping entrenched politicians and putting a citizen initiative directly on the ballot — no politicians required, just we, the People.”

A left-right coalition called Citizens for Ethics Reform was organized by Represent.Us and it included Common Cause of Florida, the League of Women Voters and the local affiliate of The Tea Party Network.Citizens for Ethics Reform gathered more than 20,000 signed petitions from city voters to place the anti-corruption amendment on the ballot, more than twice the number required.Click here to read the charter amendment language: http://citizensforethicsreform.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/CfER_Petition.pdf

“We need to take back local government one local governmental institution at a time,” said Peter Butzin, the chairman of Common Cause Florida.

“We want to see the capital city of Florida also become the capital city for ethics in government,” said Marilynn Wills, co-chair of Citizens for Ethics Reform and a past president of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

“I had very few people that said no. They wanted to know how they could help,” said Anita Davis, a co-chair of Citizens for Ethics Reform and a former Leon County commissioner and ex-president of the Tallahassee branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

“We are now the model for the nation,” said Citizens for Ethics Reform Co-Chair Catherine Baer, who also chairs The Tea Party Network. “The diversity of our partnership contributed to the success of it. Opponents had a hard time painting it far right or far left.”

“Tallahassee voters have spoken out that they are tired of the corrupting influence of money in politics and they want a better way forward,” said Integrity Florida’s Dan Krassner, who is also a spokesman for Citizens for Ethics Reform. “This anti-corruption victory proves that conservatives and progressives can and will unite behind bold reforms.”

Endorsers of the Tallahassee Ethics and Anti-Corruption Amendment:

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Common Cause of Florida
The League of Women Voters of Tallahassee
The local affiliate of The Tea Party Network
Florida Alliance for Retired Americans



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