People from all over the country have submitted creative videos in a contest sponsored by Say No to Big Money and People For the American Way and Wednesday, the first of 14 weekly winners was announced.
The short videos are intended to support the Democracy For All amendment, a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics, according to a press release from PFAW. The first winner was an Oakland, California-based spoken word rapper who goes by the moniker "Chemical Free Papi."
"This video is a great example of the type of creativity and passion that’s vital for Americans everywhere to see," Jeff Haggin, president of Say No to Big Money, said in a statement. "We're thrilled to provide a platform for engaging and important messages like these and look forward to more entries that tap into everyone's potential to tell lawmakers in their own words why it’s time to fix our broken system and restore our democracy."
The artist, Ruben Diaz, submitted a spoken word rap about how lax regulations and corporate lobbying affect his personal life. Watch his video here:
According to PFAW, the Democracy For All Amendment "is a proposal being considered by Congress, currently with 137 cosponsors in the House and 41 supporters in the Senate, that would overturn decisions like Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that paved the way for unlimited political spending by corporations and the super wealthy."
Other entries include a parody of those famous, government-sponsored anti-drug commercials ("this is your brain on drugs") that replace the idea of drug addiction with members of Congress being rendered useless due to big money and lobbying. Watch the video here:
In another video, youngsters lampoon corporate lobbying with the fictional, looming prospect of guacamole becoming affordable due to greed and corruption. Watch the video here:
The way it works is, anyone can submit a 30-to-90-second video at DemocracyForAll.com -- where you can also contact your congressional representatives.
Each week, judges will select a "weekly pick" for a $1,000 prize. At the end of the contest, a grand prize worth $25,000 and five category prizes for $5,000 will be selected. The categories are, funniest, best student video, best original song, best dramatic and best creative videos, according to PFAW.