About Money Out! People In!


$$$ Out!People In! is a coalition of Northern California organizations with a common goal: to restore democracy by taking action to diminish the power that big money wields over our government, political system, and lives.


We assert that change is possible if and only if the grassroots acts.  We propose to educate the public and elected officials by various means of communication and events including meetings, peaceful rallies and marches as well as personal contact, social media, petitions and creative outreach such as street theater.


We value democracy, equal opportunity, justice, fairness, and respect and dignity for all.  There is no democracy when the extremely wealthy, particularly corporations which are unaccountable to the people, can use their assets to corrupt government and increase their power and wealth without regard to how it affects the common good.  Claiming constitutional rights, such corporations trample cherished principles including “one person, one vote”.


Engage in outreach to the public, organizations, government, media, and social media to build public awareness about the threat to democracy from special interest big money in government. Specific actions focused on:

  • Disclosure - full, real-time reporting to the public of all political contributions and expenditures
  • Public Campaign Financing by the people, not wealthy special interests
  • Constitutional amendment to the effect that MONEY IS NOT SPEECH and CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE


Steering Committee Members

Sheilah Fish, Coordinator – Central Contra Costa MoveOn

 Brodie Hilp – Common Cause

Gordon Miller – Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center

Jay Costa – RootStrikers

Jennifer Stanley – Move to Amend of the East Bay

Joe Ely – CA Clean Money Campaign

         Shirley Shelangaski – Alternate

Karen Beck – Tri-Valley MoveOn

         Eloise Hamann – Alternate

Sandy Ruliffson – the Brady Campaign






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We conduct actions to engage the public, elected officials, other organizations and the media. 

 The Corruption Awareness Program (CAP) is one of our ongoing projects.  See details of CAP and other planned actions here.








The legislation below was all introduced during the 2013 - 2014 or 2015 - 2016 California legislative session or the 113th or 114th Congress.  All those that were not enacted during their respective sessions have expired. 

California Legislation

  • SB 2 - California The Sunshine Act - Died in Assembly committee
  • SB 27 - Preventing Dark Money Contributions in  Future Campaigns - SIGNED INTO LAW
  • AB 700 - The California Disclose Act 
  • SB 254 - Create a ballot measure whereby the people of California can instruct its USs enators and congressional representatives to pass vote for an amendment stating that money is NOT speech and corporations are NOT persons
  • AB 990 - Bill to require increased disclosure and readability on political mailers - PASSED
  • SB 844 - Elections: Ballot Measure Contributions - SIGNED INTO LAW
  • SB 1253: The Ballot Measure Transparency Act- SIGNED INTO LAW
  • SB 1272: Create a ballot measure calling for amendment to the US Constitution overturning Citizen United PASSED, then the resulting Propositon 49 ORDERED REMOVED from the 2014 ballot by the California Supreme Court.
  • SB 254:  Identical to SB 1272.  Introduced into the Senate in March 2016 after the CA Supreme Court killed SB 1272.

U.S. Legislation

  • AJR 1 - Call for US Constitutional Convention under Article V - PASSED!
  • H.R. 20 - The Government By the People Act
  • H.R. 430 - The US DISCLOSE Act of 2015
  • S.229 - The DISCLOSE Act of 2015
  • S. 1538 - The Fair Elections Now Act of 2015
  • H.R 424 - The Empowering Citizens Act of 2015
  • HJR 48 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing that the rights extended by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only.
  • HJR 31 - Proposing an amendment to the constitution of the United States that would limit campaign contributions to individuals or public funds and limit the amounts of contributions