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Iowans' Message to Legislators: People Matter More than Money

January 9, 2008

Des Moines, IA – On the heels of the record turnouts for Iowa's presidential caucuses, citizens from across the state are expected to converge on the Iowa statehouse next week to push for action on clean water, local control, consumer protections and other critical matters. Judy Lonning will be among them, as a speaker at the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement rally at the Capitol rotunda. Lonning wants lawmakers to ensure that "clean elections" are held in Iowa as they are in other states, changing the way some political campaigns are funded.

"Clean elections, public campaign financing, is working well in the states of Arizona, Connecticut and Maine."

She says lawmakers and the governor are more likely to listen when voters show up in person to make their voices heard.

"The more people we can get into that rotunda about 10:30 on the morning of Thursday, January 17th, the louder our message will be to the legislators."

Lonning adds the push to "make people matter more than money" won't end with the rally. People will fan out across the statehouse, she predicts, talking with legislators about the issues that are close to them.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA