United for a Fair Economy was started 15 years ago in response to the growing gap between rich and poor in the U.S. Mike Lapham joined the organization in 1997 to head its Responsible Wealth program, which mobilizes the voices of people who want to use their money to create a better society—through their own tax money.
What is the vision behind the Responsible Wealth project?
We felt there was a need for a voice to speak on behalf of wealthy folks who understand that inequality is not good for society. Our members realize that they benefit from rules tilted in their favor. We started Responsible Wealth to tell that surprising “man-bites-dog” story—the story of those who say, “I don’t need another tax break.”