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Badass Grandmas Turned Activists Push To Clean Up Government Corruption

A group of activists who have dubbed themselves “the Badass Grandmas” are pushing for a ballot measure this November they argue will help fight against government corruption.

According to Politico, the North Dakotan activists, who are also referred to as “the Badass Grannies,” are advocating for a ballot initiative, called Measure 1, that would create an independent ethics commission, ban foreign money from state elections, and crack down on lobbying gifts,

“We are highly experienced former senior state officials and politically diverse professionals, including in-state and national attorneys,” the group wrote.

“We’re fighting for a better future for our state, working to pass an Anti-Corruption Amendment to North Dakota’s state constitution in November. We know that most North Dakotans (and most Americans) believe citizens have a right to know who is spending money to influence our elections and our government.”

RepresentUs will spend $200,000 pushing for Measure 1 in North Dakota, political director Dan Krassner told Politico.

“Voters are taking matters into their own hands,” Krassner told the outlet. “The hope from political reformers and the people is this will be a record year for political reform victories that will serve as a mandate for Congress.”

Their opposition, a business alliance called North Dakotans for Sound Government, is throwing somewhere between $250,000 to $500,000 at taking down the measure, the report says.


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