General

Do you support a particular political party?

No. We are non-partisan and will work with politicians from all parties to pass legislation that benefits all Americans. We are Americans first.

Hasn’t there always been income inequality?

Yes, but the gap has widened considerably since the 1980’s. The bottom 90% saw income growth between the late 1930s and early 1970s, but their incomes have been stagnant ever since.

Average Real Income Graph

How big is the gap between the incomes of the 1% vs the 99%?

The average annual income of the top 1% is $1,153,293 while the average income of everyone else (the bottom 99%) is $45,567. The 1% earn 25.3 times more than the bottom 99%. In addition, the 1% takes home 20.1% of all the income in the United States. (Source: Economic Policy Institute)

What does “members of Congress” mean?

Each American is represented at the federal level by two Senators and one Representative for their Congressional district. These three elected officials are your members of Congress and represent you in Washington.

Who are the 1%?

What do you have to make to be in the top 1%?The top 1% of earners depends on where you live. Some states have a higher cost of living than others so the threshold varies by state. According to the Economist, half of income for the richest 1% is from wages and salaries, a quarter from self-employment and business income, and the rest from interest, dividends, capital gains and rent. The 1% tends to be employed as executives/managers, in the medical field, as lawyers and increasingly in financial fields like hedge-fund managers. The wealthy tend to be college educated, to marry other members of the 1%, and are more likely to be involved in politics than the 99%.

Why do you refer to the 99% as the “middle-class” instead of breaking it into the poor, working class, middle-class and upper-middle class?

Most Americans self-identify as middle-class. We choose to use the term that most people identify with.