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September 26th, 2012
03:56 PM ET

Co-Founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream says his new grass roots campaign is ‘using money to get money out of politics’

This presidential election is expected to be the most expensive in history with one estimate putting the final tab at close to six billion dollars when spending by super PACS and other outside groups is included.
Ben Cohen, Co-Founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream says money in politics is destroying our democracy. Cohen is launching a grassroots campaign called the "Stamp Stampede", asking people to stamp campaign finance reform slogans on dollar bills. Cohen visits the “Starting Point” set this morning to explain.

Cohen says stamping marking dollar bills with campaign slogans is “actually legal.” “When you read the actually law its clear that they’ve anticipated people writing on or marking dollar bills,” says Cohen. Some of the stamps for the grass roots movement say, “Corporations are not people”, “Stamp money out of politics” and “Not to be used for bribing politicians.” Cohen says the goal is not to just “tell them what it says” but get people to “see what it says.” When asked if people are really using dollar bills to bribe politicians, Cohen responds “sometimes we get to stamp hundreds.”

Cohen says that 80% of politicians from both sides of the aisle think that money is destroying politics. Cohen says, “This is monetary jujitsu. We’re using money to get money out of politics.” “The only peoples whose voice can be heard are people who have gobs of money and by stamping dollar bills... anybody can make their voice heard as much as anyone else.”

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  1. Branden Wensman

    The meaning of the phrase "ice cream" varies from one country to another. Phrases such as "frozen custard", "frozen yogurt", "sorbet", "gelato" and others are used to distinguish different varieties and styles. In some countries, such as the United States, the phrase "ice cream" applies only to a specific variety, and most governments regulate the commercial use of the various terms according to the relative quantities of the main ingredients.

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