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February General Membership Meeting

  • IHOP Restaurant, Bristol Hall Meeting Room 8600 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045 (map)

"The Politics of Suppression"

In state legislatures nationwide, our voter rights are under attack. Laws that  require photo IDs or restrict early voting days are being passed under the pretext of preventing voting fraud and safeguarding election integrity.  But we know better.  With the 2014 mid-term elections potentially setting the direction of states and our nation for years to come, there is no limit to what some will do to win, including an attack  on our democracy.

And it doesn’t stop with voter disenfranchisement. More and more we learn about anonymous billionaires and corporations pouring millions of dollars into candidate campaigns, ballot measures and influencing legislation by hiding behind “Dark Money” non-profits. Where does it end?  

Please join us for our enlightening February meeting where we’ll vigorously delve into the “Politics of Suppression” and stopping “Dark Money” non-profits from hiding behind their funders.  Our featured speaker Leila Pedersen, Policy Coordinator Common Cause will address: 

  • ALEC: How it was founded and how it has come to erode our democracy
  • Voting Rights: How they have been threatened nationally, in California, and strategies for what we can do about protecting our fundamental voting right
  • Q & A

and D’Marie Mulattieri, Field Organizer California Clean Money Campaign will provide us with an update on Clean Money’s ongoing efforts to take special interest money out of California politics: 

  • The Disclose Act
  • SB 27 – Stopping billionaires and corporations from hiding behind “Dark Money” non-profits
  • What we can do to help stop the “Dark Money” loophole
  • Q & A

This is a meeting you won’t want to miss.  When you come, have your questions ready and be prepared to take action when you leave!   

Thank you.  See you on the 17th.

Sheila Mickelson

Let us know you’re coming. 
Please RSVP to or call 424-225-1504


Westchester-Playa Democratic Club
February General Membership Meeting  


Monday, February 17, 2014  


IHOP Restaurant, Bristol Hall Meeting Room
8600 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA   90045


About Leila Pedersen, Policy Coordinator Common Cause

Leila joined California Common Cause in 2013. As the State Policy Coordinator based in Los Angeles, Leila is responsible for coordinating legislative priorities with grassroots organizers and activists from across the state.

Prior to joining Common Cause, Leila worked at Progressive States Network where she created and managed the Working Group of State Legislators for Election Reform. Leila also worked for EMILY’s List running voter contact programs which helped to elect a record number of women to the US House and Senate.

She is a proud graduate of the University of California, Berkeley where she studied at the Goldman School of Public Policy and served as the President of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network.


About D’Marie Mulattieri, Field Organizer California Clean Money Campaign

As the founder and executive director of an educational charitable nonprofit, D'Marie has organized over 1,000 events ranging from educational classes to multiple day conventions of over 450 people.  She organized benefits to provide charitable aid to Cusco, Peru after it was devastated by torrential floods and then for the victims of the Fukushima tsunami.  As a concerned citizen, D’Marie began actively organizing to bring people together to create awareness and brainstorm on solutions to problems exasperated by the economic crash of 2008.  She ran for Congress in District 39 during the 2012 election cycle as an Independent.  Her primary aim was to discuss issues that neither side wanted to talk about.

D’Marie is excited to be part of the process of bringing positive change to election campaigns.  She utilizes her speaking and training skills to further the goals of California Clean Money Campaign in her position as field organizer.

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