Alison Hartson

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Alison Hartson is an American teacher and activist.[1][2]

Hartson is a former co-National Director of Wolf PAC,[3][4][5][6] a grassroots non-partisan political action committee advocating campaign finance reform. Hartson was "the first in her family to earn a college degree"[2] and taught in working class high schools for ten years; in that job she had "realized the influence of money in politics was the root cause of other problems in society" and had subsequently found Wolf PAC through a web search and had decided to volunteer.[1][7][8] Wolf PAC aims to ratify an amendment to the United States Constitution to end the influence of money in the American political system and eliminate corporate domination of political decisions due to widespread corporate campaign contributions, especially those made towards Super PACs as legalized by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. Since many legislators in Congress receive some form of Super PAC donation,[9] Wolf PAC does not attempt to pass its constitutional amendment in Congress, instead lobbying state legislatures to call an Article V constitutional convention.[10] On June 23, 2014, the California Senate passed approval of the resolution, completing the process in Hartson's home state. Since then, Hartson has led efforts mentoring local volunteers to lobby in their own states.[4][11][12][13] Hartson stepped down from her position at Wolf PAC in order to run for political office.[7][14]

On November 2, 2017, Hartson announced her candidacy in the 2018 Senate election in California. On that day, she appeared on The Young Turks, a show hosted by Cenk Uygur, the founder of Wolf PAC. Hartson is likely to face opposition from the incumbent, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and the president pro tempore of the California State Senate, Kevin de León, both of whom are Democrats.[15]



Along with the activist Paula Jean Swearengin, who is a candidate in the concurrent Senate election in West Virginia, Hartson is one of the first two candidates for the United States Senate put forward by the Justice Democrats, an organization created by Uygur, in the wake of the 2016 presidential campaign by Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont, to elect congressional candidates who support campaign finance reform.[2]

Political positions

  • Money out of politics[7]
  • $15 minimum wage
  • Free public college and trade school for all
  • Single-payer health care system[16][17]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Candidates". Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  3. "About Wolf-PAC". 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Zeps, Dace (2017-07-13). "Alison Hartson" (in en). Democracy Convention. 
  5. "Bernie Sanders supporters announce Dianne Feinstein primary challenger, tell her to join GOP" (in en). Newsweek. 2017-11-02. 
  6. "The National Citizen Leadership Conference - The Amendment Gazette" (in en-US). The Amendment Gazette. 2016-09-23. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named LATimes11217
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  9. "Influence & Lobbying | OpenSecrets" (in en). 
  10. "Politics | Bloombergville Now!" (in en-US). 
  11. Bogdan, Jennifer. "At R.I. State House, Wolf PAC lobbyists made late push" (in en). 
  12. "Oregon Legislative Information System" (in en). 
  13. "Will Young Turk’s Cenk Uygur’s Wolf PAC Amend The US Constitution?". Daily Kos. 
  14. "Will Young Turk’s Cenk Uygur’s Wolf PAC Amend The US Constitution?". Daily Kos. 
  15. Krieg, Gregory. "'Justice Democrats' launch new California Senate candidate". Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  16. "Senator Feinstein In Trouble As Progressives Make Huge Move Few Saw Coming" (in en-US). 
  17. Sommer, Will (2017-11-02). "Progressive group backs new Feinstein challenger". TheHill.