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Bridge Alliance Helps Close Campaign Finance Loophole in NM

The "credit card loophole" is a gap in our campaign finance laws that allows individuals -- including foreign sources -- to make anonymous donations to political campaigns using untraceable prepaid credit cards. This past Tuesday, the New Mexico State legislature unanimously passed a bill (SB 50) that closes the credit card loophole at the state level. Remarkably, that vote took place just five days after it was messaged by Governor Susana Martinez, passing through both the Senate and House. SB 50 now goes back to Governor Martinez for her signature to turn it into law.

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Our Memories and Takeaways from the Summit

Bridge Alliance member Represent.US hosted the Unrig the System Summit in New Orleans from February 2-4. Many Bridge Alliance members were at the summit -- and we wanted to share a little of our experience. If you were there, please share your story (and pictures!) with us, too.

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Welcoming NCoC to the Alliance

The Bridge Alliance is thrilled to welcome the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) as the newest member of the Alliance. The NCoC was founded in 1946 with the goal of harnessing the patriotic energy and civic involvement that surrounded World War II. In 1953, Congress recognized the importance of the NCoC’s mission and incorporated it under a federal charter, making it one of less than 100 federally chartered non-profits in existence today.

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Bridge Alliance Featured on TIME.com

We are delighted to share this article from TIME Magazine. Arlie Russell Hochschild does a great job of highlighting the work of the Bridge Alliance and our member organizations, as well as emphasizing the potential of our burgeoning movement to revitalize our democracy. She believes, and we agree, that organizations like Living Room Conversations can play a critical role in encouraging respectful discourse among citizens -- helping to alleviate the partisan rancor that has only worsened with each passing year no matter who is elected. We are particularly pleased that Ms. Hochschild took the time to participate in a Living Room Conversation as part of her research.

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Meet Doug Nickle -- Our new Director of Development!

I'm grateful and highly enthusiastic to join the Bridge Alliance as Director of Development. I'm eager to help advance the transformational reform efforts of the Bridge Alliance organizations as we aspire together to form a more perfect Union. I've enjoyed working with many of you in the course of my duties at Take Back Our Republic, and more recently, through Dare To Be United.

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Hitting the Ground Running in 2018

Colorado and New Orleans are where our members are making major strides to promote electoral and government reforms. These reforms will encourage lawmakers to be more responsive to their constituents.

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Start the year afresh

We at the Bridge Alliance believe that each one of us can make a difference.  We believe that collectively there is no limit to what We the People can do. So be creative. Use your talents. Have fun. Create your own personal call to action for 2018. Make a resolution to improve our democracy.

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Year in Review

This year the Bridge Alliance family added 20 new member organizations. We now have 83 members that are helping to weave the new American Tapestry for political reform. Some of these members were able to meet each other this past April at our 2017 Bridge Summit in Dallas, where they began to collaborate on exciting new projects to promote change and amplify our collective voice. We also provided our members with news media, social media, and fundraising training, as well as distributing nearly $600,000 in Bridge Action Grants. Our members used these grants to lay the foundation for a broad spectrum of reforms, ranging from creating a website to “mismatch” people with different ideologies, to helping state legislators reduce polarization in their states through civility workshops.

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Season's Greetings!

During these shortest of days in the northern hemisphere, our season includes a multitude of holidays and opportunities for transformation as the light returns and days begin to lengthen. We have much in common during this season. We have festivals and holidays that last for multiple days — a way to connect us with each other.  We exchange gifts and share celebration with our friends and family. We prepare special meals and use extra light to decorate our spaces.

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TED Talk from our members!

We are excited to promote Joan Blades (Living Room Conversations) and John Gable's (AllSides) TED Talk about freeing ourselves from our filter bubbles, which they presented last month at TEDWomen in New Orleans. Political opposites, Joan and John met at Bridge Alliance's initial planning meeting and became fast friends. Their talk discusses bridging gaps between people from opposite sides of the political spectrum and how conversations can create space for understanding and perhaps even friendships.

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