This is what a sellout looks like

This is what a sellout looks like New York’s GOP State Senators betrayed their constituents for the hedge funds’  campaign contributions.   By Teddy Rube   Last Friday, instead of passing a budget that provided funding for NY’s struggling schools, homeless shelters, and crumbling infrastructure, the GOP-controlled State Senate passed a budget that keeps open the carried interest tax loophole and makes the rich richer. … Continue reading This is what a sellout looks like »

Toxic Tour: Shaking up Sen. Marcellino

By Teddy Rube   Every year, between January and April, kids, parents, teachers, and administrators on Western Long Island all make an impassioned plea to their State Senator up in Albany: we need help. New York’s schools are suffering from a huge budget crisis. Classrooms are literally crumbling; afterschool programs are cut; teachers, nurses, and social workers aren’t getting paid.   Despite their pleas, every … Continue reading Toxic Tour: Shaking up Sen. Marcellino »

Toxic Tour Kickoff: Press Coverage

The Toxic Tour – our campaign to take on five New York State Senators who are doing the bidding of billionaire Wall Street hedge fund donors – kicked off in Albany on Feb. 13th, and immediately made huge waves. Here’s a news broadcast from that evening that aired on Albany’s Capital Tonight!

Kicking off the Toxic Tour!

By Teddy Rube   Political money is dirty – and when that money from comes from NYC hedge funds trying to buy preferential policies, it’s downright toxic!   Since 2014, five New York State Senators have taken $8.3 million dollars from hedge funds: Senator Elaine Phillips​, Terrence Murphy​, Senator Sue Serino​, Senator Carl Marcellino​, and Senator Tom Croci.   In exchange, they’re standing in the way of policies, like closing … Continue reading Kicking off the Toxic Tour! »

Cleanup Tour Stop #9: Shaming Hedge Fund Managers in Connecticut

When you need to shame a hedge fund manager, where do you look? The yacht club, of course! That’s where Carl and a ruckus-raising caravan of activists went to publicly shame the wealthiest in Greenwich, CT–the richest town in one of the richest states—for rigging the system for themselves. The state of Connecticut is facing a budget crisis and is in the hole to the … Continue reading Cleanup Tour Stop #9: Shaming Hedge Fund Managers in Connecticut »

Cleanup Tour Stop #6: Battling McDonald’s with Fight for $15 in Alabama

Cleanup Carl headed to Birmingham, Alabama on Labor Day to rally with RaiseUpFor15, the local Fight For 15 group in Alabama, and demand a livable wage and voting rights for all workers! It was a truly inspiring day of action with amazing activists standing up and taking direct action to fight for their rights. The day’s actions were actually part of a coordinated day of … Continue reading Cleanup Tour Stop #6: Battling McDonald’s with Fight for $15 in Alabama »

Cleanup Tour Stop #5: Rallying with ROC United at the Howard Theater

Carl announced that he is joining Restaurant Opportunities Centers United’s campaign to defeat the lobbying power of the National Restaurant Association and pass one fair wage. Carl made the announcement at a One Fair Wage benefit concert at DC’s Howard Theatre yesterday. Here’s what Carl had to say about ROCU’s fight for a fair wage: “I made some amazing friends at the Howard Theatre with … Continue reading Cleanup Tour Stop #5: Rallying with ROC United at the Howard Theater »

Cleanup Tour Stop #4: Calling out Corruptors at the AIC and the U.S. Treasury

If the Washington, DC swamp has a sludgy, fetid nexus, it might be the American Investment Council. Hidden in a nondescript office building in DC’s Chinatown district, the AIC is a lobbying shop set up purely to represent the interests of a handful of investment bankers and hedge fund managers. Since 2007, they’ve spent nearly $24 million lobbying Congress to do two things: Cut taxes … Continue reading Cleanup Tour Stop #4: Calling out Corruptors at the AIC and the U.S. Treasury »

Cleanup Tour Stop #3: Crashing Sen. Johnny Isakson’s Town Hall

Hot off Carl’s official debut at Netroots Nation, he stayed in Georgia to meet up with local activists and clean up Senator Johnny Isakson at his town hall at Kenesaw State University. Sen. Isakson’s been dodging his constituents – in the first seven months of 2017, he hadn’t held a town hall until yesterday’s event, denying citizens the opportunity to explain how awful the GOP’s … Continue reading Cleanup Tour Stop #3: Crashing Sen. Johnny Isakson’s Town Hall »

Cleanup Tour Stop #2: Crashing the party at Netroots Nation 2017

To fully kick off his National Cleanup Tour and introduce properly introduce himself to the world, Cleanup Carl traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to appear at Netroots Nation 2017, one of the largest gatherings of progressive activists in the country. We wanted to get a lot of exposure and name recognition – so we crashed Netroots’ opening ceremonies, surprising thousands of attendees with a surprise Cleanup … Continue reading Cleanup Tour Stop #2: Crashing the party at Netroots Nation 2017 »