Ashton Clatterbuck

Tomorrow, thousands of students all over the world are skipping classes and taking to the streets to demand that legislators take action against climate change. Our generation is already feeling the effects of climate change in the form of floods, fires, drought, and significant losses in agriculture. No longer can we wait or kick the can another generation down the road. We need action now.

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Over 1,000 young people and allies storm Nancy Pelosi’s office in December of 2018

I was twelve years old when I first confronted a local government official about climate change. …


March for our Lives was one of the most successful movements of 2018, and it was lead entirely by high school students. On March 14, 2018, there was national school walkout exactly one month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. More than 3,000 schools took part across the nation. Students participated under threats of expulsion from school administration, including more than 200 students at Hempfield High School, in Lancaster, PA where I live, who faced serious repercussions for leaving class during the walk out.

I was lucky enough to be able to work with…


Who can donate? How much? To whom? In which elections?

When people discuss campaign finance, they often ignore the distinction between state and federal laws. This is a mistake. The issue is much more complex and nuanced than typically acknowledged.

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was a federal level case, meaning that the decision of the ruling could have become a strict federal law, prohibiting states from altering it in any way. However, efforts to unify campaign finance under a bill passed at the federal level would spark outrage from state governments. …


Everything you need to know about PACs, Super PACs, and how they impact our political process

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Credit: California Political Review (http://www.capoliticalreview.com/cartoons/super-pacs-2/)

Democrats love to blame so-called “Super PACs” for everything. Despite the frequency of these complaints, a majority of the voting public doesn’t even know what “PAC” stands for. According to a Washington Post/Pew research poll done in 2012, only 4 in 10 Americans were able to accurately define what a PAC is.

So, what was Bernie Sanders yelling about in the 2016 presidential election? There are two different types of PACs . To begin, we have traditional Political Action Committees, or PACs. They are…


How campaign finance impacts our political process and why you should care

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Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

America was just dragged through another midterm election. As always, voters are more than happy to see the TV ads, billboards, and phone calls fade away. Some of this advertising worked, impressing the public to the point that small dollar donations started flowing in. However, how much did those donations actually influence the election?

The United States is divided nation, with the glorification of extreme leaders and demonization of the other. Bipartisanship seems like a thing of the past, something you can tell stories about to shock your…

Ashton Clatterbuck

A senior in high school, hoping to shine a light on truth in a time when truth doesn’t get enough attention.

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