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Feb212013

Crosby, Stills & Nash Hope to Put Their Stamp on Campaign Finance Reform

Photo: Eleanor StillsSince the late 1960s, Crosby, Stills & Nash have been outspoken political activists and the folk-rockers continue to stand up for a variety of antiestablishment causes.  CSN has now signed on to support a new campaign-finance-reform initiative launched by Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen.

The StampStampede initiative backs a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that seeks to curb corporate influence on the government by regulating the amount of money companies could donate to political organizations.  To help circulate its message, StampStampede has created rubber stamps with a variety of pro-finance-reform slogans and is asking supporters to use the stamps to print the phrases on U.S. paper currency.  The stamps can be purchased at StampStampede.org.

"People have been fighting to get soft money out of politics for decades," says David Crosby in a statement.  "The McCain-Feingold and Shays-Meehan bills are good examples -- but the reform hasn't gone nearly far enough…We have to fight harder, and building public awareness is critical to make the necessary progress."

In addition, Cohen and his associates have designed a device called the Amend-O-Matic, a large "Rube Goldberg-style" machine that will stamp slogans on monetary bills, which will be parked outside of venues at eight of the concerts that CSN is scheduled to play in May.

Here are the CSN shows at which the Amend-O-Matic will be featured:

5/7 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
5/8 -- Sarasota, FL, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
5/14 -- Ft. Meyers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
5/15 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts
5/17 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre
5/19 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
5/22 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center Concert Hall
5/24 -- Montgomery, AL, Montgomery Performing Arts Center

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