Where Is Mary Jo White?

by Rachel Rye Butler

April 1, 2015

Who is Mary Jo White, and why are we looking for her? She's the superhero needed to fight the corporate money menace!

On Monday, Greenpeace, Avaaz, and others from the Corporate Reform Coalition launched a campaign asking one simple question: Where is Mary Jo White?’

So who is Mary Jo White, and why are we looking for her? Wonder no more– she’s the superhero needed to fight the corporate money menace!

Publicly traded corporations, including many in the fossil fuel industry, are currently getting away with hiding their political spending from shareholders and the public, polluting not only our climate, but our democracy– but it doesnt have to be that way, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White can stop it.

More than a million people have already asked the SEC to require corporations to disclose political spending, but so far SEC Chair Mary Jo White hasnt acted.

With anonymous  corporate cash flooding elections, where is our superhero Mary Jo White? #whereisMJW

With anonymous corporate cash flooding elections, where is our superhero Mary Jo White? Tweet this image to @SEC_News with the hash tag #whereisMJW

Thats where the #whereisMJW campaign comes in. Throughout the month of April, the comic-book style ads with Mary Jo White as the missing superhero will plaster the walls of Union Station in Washington DC– which conveniently happens to be right below the SEC offices– upping public scrutiny on SEC and urging Mary Jo White to take action.

Meanwhile, the animated video is bringing the campaign beyond the walls of Union Station, and social media is buzzing with the #whereisMJW hash tag– including even a tweet from actor Mark Ruffalo.

If you havent seen it yet, check out the hash tag and the media coverage from Bloomberg, EcoWatch, and others.

More to come, so watch this space and retweet/repost @SEC_News to help us find Mary Jo White!

Rachel Rye Butler

By Rachel Rye Butler

Rachel Rye Butler leads the Democracy Campaign at Greenpeace USA. She writes frequently about people power, voting rights, and money in politics.

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