Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The winning video on money and politics

The winner of a national contest to create a compelling ad about money and politics has just been announced. And you've got to see this video.

Dear MoveOn member,

MAYDAY.us—the "SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs"—just announced the winner of its #MAYDAYin30 video contest, a grassroots effort to create compelling ads that tackle the issue of big money in politics head-on.

The winner is "This is your country." What does a cracked egg have to do with our democracy? Just watch.

Watch the video now:


This award-winning video is an indictment of how corporate interests are polluting our democracy (as well as a throwback to "This is your brain on drugs," a public service announcement that many of us remember from the 1980s).

Many of us believe that ending the corrupting influence of money on our political system may be the greatest challenge of our time. That's why so many MoveOn members supported MAYDAY.us—and its efforts to elect candidates who are committed to overturning Citizens United and taking our democracy back from big donors and big corporations.

The #MAYDAYin30 competition—inspired by MoveOn's own "Bush in 30 Seconds" competition from 2004—received over 80 video submissions, which garnered nearly 11,000 votes. MoveOn members were among the voters that helped select this video—and continue to be among the most passionate activists who are fighting against money in politics every day.

It will take more than a video to elect a government of, by, and for the people. That's why MoveOn members across the country are taking part in an all-hands-on-deck effort to save the Senate—one huge step in the fight to overturn Citizens United. 

Click here to watch the #MAYDAYin30 winner—and then make some get-out-the-vote calls to prevent the U.S. Senate from being taken over by Citizens United defenders like Mitch McConnell.

Just this year, our work contributed to a historic Senate vote in favor of overturning Citizens United. And we are campaigning alongside MAYDAY.us to support champions for campaign finance reform, like South Dakota Senate candidate Rick Weiland, this election. We're also making sure voters remember which politicians have chosen to stand with corporate donors over regular Americans—candidates like Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

There are tight races all across the country, and we see the impact that billionaires and corporations can have in state after state. So please take a moment to watch the winning video—and then join us in this last week to make calls to the voters who might decide this election. 

Thanks for all you do.

Anna, Matt, Joan, Milan, and the rest of the team

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FW: A simple request

I just wanted to make sure you saw my message from the other day. As I see it, we have a choice to make right now. We can whine and whimper about the appalling Republican agenda, or the fact that the GOP has clawed out a tiny lead. Or we can fight back.
Hi there—I just wanted to make sure you saw my message from the other day.
Dear MoveOn member,

Ready for a little tough love?

I've been on the road, stumping for progressive Senate candidates like Mark Udall, Al Franken, and Bruce Braley. And as I see it, we have a choice to make right now.

We can whine and whimper about the appalling Republican agenda, or the fact that the GOP has clawed out a tiny lead. Or we can fight back.

I mean really fight back—in an eyes-open, heart-pumping, straight-up sprint to the finish line.

You know where I stand. Now I'm bringing this fight to you.

Right-wing billionaires don't get to decide who controls the U.S. Senate. You get to decide. But here's the tough love: You get to decide only if you show up. Not just by voting, but by volunteering and, if you can afford it, by donating.

Will you join me in helping MoveOn expand its proven, high-impact get-out-the-vote efforts?

Yes, I can chip in $3.

Look, you and I both know the game is rigged, and the Republicans are the ones who rigged it. But that doesn't mean we have to let them win.

It just means that we have to flex our collective muscle, turn over their tables, and create a new game with better odds.

We know how to do this. We need MoveOn's field organizers, media campaigns, research, mailings, and literally millions of person-to-person get-out-the-vote calls. This kind of bring-it-on-home effort doesn't come cheap. But it's hugely effective. And it needs your support. Are you in for $3?

Yes, Elizabeth, I'm in.

Look, I don't want a bunch of new Senate colleagues sent to Washington, D.C. to do the bidding of those who have already made it. I want Senate colleagues who'll work for the people—all of the people, for you and for your family.

That's within our reach. But to win, we need MoveOn members to help wake up America to what's at stake in this election—just like they did in 2008 and 2012. This is about our voices and our votes.

I'm worried about what would happen in Mitch McConnell's Senate. And I won't lie: It's entirely possible. This election is that close. It's going to come down to a few thousand people in a handful of key races, races where MoveOn—thankfully—is focused.

Will you stand with me and support MoveOn's home-stretch push?

Yes! I'll join you, Elizabeth, and chip in $3.

Your support will fuel MoveOn's fight to help save the Senate, up to the last minute of the last open poll on Election Day—and beyond, if that's what it takes.

Because Democrats believe that college students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by student loan debt. We believe in making the investments in education, infrastructure, and research—the giant pipeline of ideas that will turn into opportunities for our children, and their children.

The GOP's big idea? Protect the rich and powerful. On Wall Street, they call it "deregulation," but it's really just like a big neon sign that reads, "Have at 'em, boys!" It's the idea that you're welcome to trick or trap or fool anybody—and rake in the profits.

Republicans haven't been fighting for families who lost their homes. And they haven't lifted a finger for folks who are still unemployed, or those working full time but still living in poverty.

They don't deserve to win on Election Day, but they might.

That's why MoveOn and I are fighting to save the Senate. Can you join me by chipping in now?

Yes, I'll join you by contributing $3.

You—and MoveOn members like you—will determine the outcome of this election. You will be the reason we'll prevail.

Are you ready to win this election? I know I am.

Thanks for all you do.

–Senator Elizabeth Warren

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Ouch: Major blows against Mitch McConnell's campaign

With McConnell's campaign on the ropes, will you sign up to help deliver the finishing blows?
MoveOn: Voters Rising
Average Time Spent Calling Voters

MoveOn members in New York: 126 min.

You: 0 min.
Can you join in and call voters this week to make sure they vote on Election Day?

Dear MoveOn member,

"Desperate, Mitch?" 

That's what comes to mind after hearing that Senator Mitch McConnell just cut his reelection bid a $1.8 million check.1 It comes on the heels of a new poll showing him up by only one point—essentially tied with the Democratic candidate.

Now this: yesterday, the two largest newspapers in Kentucky, The Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader, snubbed McConnell and endorsed his opponent.2,3 Ouch.

It's clear: Mitch McConnell's campaign is on the ropes. Will you sign up to help deliver the finishing blows—to his campaign and those of his Republican allies trying to take over the U.S. Senate—by getting out the progressive vote? With just 8 days left until Election Day, there's no time to waste.

Yes, I'll sign up to phone bank from home and get out the progressive vote.

Among the reasons to ditch Mitch? Here are some choice quotes from the scathing newspaper anti-endorsements: 

  • "He commands a perpetual-motion money machine; dollars flow in, favors flow out."
  • "The problem is how McConnell uses his power. He has repeatedly hurt the country to advance his political strategy."
  • "Kentucky needs a U.S. senator who sees a higher calling than personal ambition and a greater goal than self-aggrandizement."
  • "He poses as a champion of the right to criticize the government, but it's really his rich buddies' right to buy the government that he champions."

Besides the fact that McConnell's got $1.8 million lying around to lend to himself, one of the biggest problems is that he's been abusing his elected Senate position for decades. Just take a look at how he refuses to vote for a modest increase in the minimum wage for Kentucky's working families—even though he's voted to give himself pay increases on taxpayers' dime. 

Elected leaders are supposed to look out for the people, not themselves and certainly not just the wealthy and well-connected few. 

And really, as a new exposé in The Nation details, McConnell is a politician who'll say and do almost anything for his powerful corporate patrons, including the tobacco lobbyists he thanked for gifting him a "beautiful ham."4 

Mitch McConnell has no business holding public office. Will you pitch in during the final 8 days to retire him permanently and save the Senate from a takeover by his Republican allies?

Yes, I'll make get-out-the-vote calls from home.

Our proven, high-impact get-out-the-vote plan is already working. Together, MoveOn members have already made more than 2.5 million calls to voters in key states, including Kentucky. That's incredible! And in the final sprint to Election Day, members will again call into Kentucky to help defeat Mitch McConnell and into other key states so we can deny Republicans the Senate majority they're desperate to win at any cost.

Can you join the effort to ditch Mitch and save the Senate? 

Yes, count me in!

In the final 8 days, your outreach to progressive voters who might not otherwise vote could make all the difference in the world. Please sign up today.

Thanks for all you do.

–Matt, Mark, Corinne, Victoria, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Mitch McConnell cuts himself $1.8M check," Politico, October 24, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301460&id=103799-10220574-lzB_Bdx&t=18

2. "Endorsement: Alison Grimes for Senate," The Courier-Journal, October 26, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301461&id=103799-10220574-lzB_Bdx&t=19

3. "Elect Grimes to Senate for a better future," Lexington Herald-Leader, October 26, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301465&id=103799-10220574-lzB_Bdx&t=20

4. "Mitch McConnell Will Say Anything for a Ham," The Nation, October 21, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301462&id=103799-10220574-lzB_Bdx&t=21

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So incredibly close

We might not even know which party controls the Senate on Election Day. There's a very good chance that majority control of the Senate will come down to a single seat—meaning, a handful of votes in just one state.

Dear MoveOn member,

Let's say you knew that a certain Senate race was going to be so incredibly close—like 0.01%-margin-of-victory-close—that certifying the winner would take months.

And you knew that a small donation from you, right now, could make the difference between a bona fide progressive winning that Senate seat... or a far-right Republican. And that whoever won would tip the balance of power in the Senate.

You'd definitely give to the progressive's campaign, right? You'd be crazy not to give. A tiny investment for a huge payoff. You'd click right here and chip in, and you'd tell your friends to do the same thing. Because if you didn't, and then the Republican won, you'd feel really, really dumb.

Does that sound like a crazy hypothetical? Think again.

Six years ago, in my first race for the Senate, I was exactly that progressive. I won by 312 votes. As a senator, my vote has been the margin of victory for some crucial, country-improving legislation. And everyone who'd helped my campaign felt very, very smart for having chipped in when it mattered most. (And rightly so. They're brilliant.)

I'm running again this year. Which brings me to my second point. I don't think my race will be that close this year—I certainly hope it won't. But there's a good chance that some crucial race will be a surprise nail-biter.

In fact, we might not even know which party controls the Senate on Election Day. There's a very good chance that majority control of the Senate will come down to a single seat—meaning, a handful of votes in just one state. A few hundred citizens could determine whether (gulp) Mitch McConnell gets to set the agenda, win the votes, confirm or reject judges, call hearings, and a ton more.

Those are some really big stakes.

So I'm not asking you to donate just to me—because we just don't know which race will be this year's edge-of-your-seat nail-biter. I'm asking you to donate to me and three other serious progressives: Jeff Merkley in Oregon, Mark Udall in Colorado, and Bruce Braley in Iowa.

I'm not asking for a lot—just enough that if any of these races comes down to a ridiculously narrow margin, you won't be kicking yourself when they're over. Are you in?

Yes, I'll chip in to elect four progressives to the Senate.

Look. It's a lot more satisfying to make a quick donation today than it is to spend the next two years wishing you'd paid more attention to this email.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. By helping elect the four of us, and then working with us to fight for progressive values once we're in office, you make the country a better place for everyone, and for generations to come. That's a pretty good thing, too.

I'm counting on you. Thanks for chipping in!

Sincerely,

–Senator Al Franken

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Must-listen: the progressive secret weapon

If you want to understand what the progressive secret weapon is, and how you can use it, then you've got to hear this podcast.
Dear MoveOn member,  

Progressives have a secret weapon that just might save the Senate from a Republican takeover this fall.

If you want to understand what this secret weapon is, and how you can use it, then you've got to hear this podcast. Click here to listen on on iTunes now.

(Or to listen to the podcast on the web instead, click here.)

And then sign up to make get-out-the-vote calls with MoveOn's Voters Rising program.

The secret weapon isn't an ad. It's not some magic new app for your phone. It's a little thing called science—a vast, invisible program of social science experiments to figure out what actually gets people to vote.

At the heart of it all is an organization called the Analyst Institute. The Analyst Institute's data wizards and mad scientists usually stay as far as possible from the press. But with the election less than two weeks away, they made an exception—only for "The Good Fight," the MoveOn-powered podcast about people changing the world.

Click here to open the podcast on iTunes and hear the inside story.

(Or to listen to the podcast on the web instead, click here.)

And then sign up to make get-out-the-vote calls as part of MoveOn's Voters Rising program—which uses cutting-edge, data-driven secret weapon research to make your calls wickedly effective.

We'll never have the Koch brothers' billions. But we've got people power. Multiply that by the power of cutting-edge scientific research and we might just have what it takes to keep the GOP at bay, even in the era of Citizens United. It's exciting stuff. And it's a reason for hope.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben Wikler

P.S. Don't use iTunes? No problem. You can listen to the podcast on the Web, tune in via Stitcher (an Android and iOS app), or subscribe via RSS. And if you do use iTunes and you like the show, be sure to subscribe and post a review!

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One grandfather's plea to you

As a father of two daughters, and a grandfather of six, I've become acutely aware of one of the biggest problems facing our country today.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

As a father of two daughters, and a grandfather of six, I've become acutely aware of one of the biggest problems facing our country today—it's an economic problem, and it's an equal rights problem. Women in this country deserve equal pay for equal work, period.

In the past three weeks, I've become one of MoveOn's top callers in the Voters Rising campaign, and I'll tell you why: I'm willing to fight for what I believe in and, right now, I think the most important thing we can do is protect the Senate from being run by ultra-conservatives who'll make it even harder for women to get a fair shot.

I know you have people you love too. And a Republican-controlled Senate will do harm to their futures—not just by backsliding on equal rights, but by stacking the economy even more dramatically against working people, polluting our environment, and defunding education and social services.

The bottom line is that Republicans controlling the Senate will hurt us all. So I hope you'll consider joining me on the Voters Rising campaign and helping turn out progressive voters—if only for a little while.

Click here if you can give just 90 minutes—the average amount of time that volunteers are calling—to help keep the Senate blue.

Let me tell you—I've seen enough elections to know that anything can happen between now and November 4. I also know that as unpredictable as politics can be, one thing remains consistent—volunteering makes a difference.

I joined MoveOn more than six years ago when they first endorsed Barack Obama for president. Over the years, I've stood alongside other MoveOn members to fight the Keystone XL pipeline, and to try to recall Scott Walker in my home state of Wisconsin.

Here in Dallas, I've pushed for an equal pay agenda by working with a number of groups to put pressure on private companies like Exxon and Hallmark.

Now, I'm focusing my attention squarely on saving the Senate—and, frankly, MoveOn couldn't have made it any easier to make a difference. Everything about the system we're using to call voters is excellent. It dials for you, only connects you with live voters (maybe an occasional answering machine), and the team gives you plenty of support.

That's why I don't have any problem asking for your help right now—because I know your time will be well-respected, and that every hour you give will make a difference.

I'm signed up to make calls again this Monday at 5:30 p.m. ET. Will you join me? There are also lots of other times available.

Click here if you're ready to sign up for a shift today. Remember, you don't even have to leave your home to participate.

Honestly, I think MoveOn's goal of making 5 million calls is pretty ambitious—a little crazy, even. But I love that we're willing to set such a high goal and take the chance that we may fail. Because I can't tell you how this thing will end up. But I can tell you, if I live for the next 10 years and we don't have a change, we're in for some tough times.

Thanks again for all that you do.

–John Fitschen
Dallas MoveOn member

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

A simple request

Ready for a little tough love? We can whine and whimper about the appalling Republican agenda, or the fact that the GOP has clawed out a tiny lead. Or we can fight back.
Dear MoveOn member,

Ready for a little tough love?

I've been on the road, stumping for progressive Senate candidates like Mark Udall, Al Franken, and Bruce Braley. And as I see it, we have a choice to make right now.

We can whine and whimper about the appalling Republican agenda, or the fact that the GOP has clawed out a tiny lead. Or we can fight back.

I mean really fight back—in an eyes-open, heart-pumping, straight-up sprint to the finish line.

You know where I stand. Now I'm bringing this fight to you.

Right-wing billionaires don't get to decide who controls the U.S. Senate. You get to decide. But here's the tough love: You get to decide only if you show up. Not just by voting, but by volunteering and, if you can afford it, by donating.

Will you join me in helping MoveOn expand its proven, high-impact get-out-the-vote efforts?

Yes, I can chip in $3.

Look, you and I both know the game is rigged, and the Republicans are the ones who rigged it. But that doesn't mean we have to let them win.

It just means that we have to flex our collective muscle, turn over their tables, and create a new game with better odds.

We know how to do this. We need MoveOn's field organizers, media campaigns, research, mailings, and literally millions of person-to-person get-out-the-vote calls. This kind of bring-it-on-home effort doesn't come cheap. But it's hugely effective. And it needs your support. Are you in for $3?

Yes, Elizabeth, I'm in.

Look, I don't want a bunch of new Senate colleagues sent to Washington, D.C. to do the bidding of those who have already made it. I want Senate colleagues who'll work for the people—all of the people, for you and for your family.

That's within our reach. But to win, we need MoveOn members to help wake up America to what's at stake in this election—just like they did in 2008 and 2012. This is about our voices and our votes.

I'm worried about what would happen in Mitch McConnell's Senate. And I won't lie: It's entirely possible. This election is that close. It's going to come down to a few thousand people in a handful of key races, races where MoveOn—thankfully—is focused.

Will you stand with me and support MoveOn's home-stretch push?

Yes! I'll join you, Elizabeth, and chip in $3.

Your support will fuel MoveOn's fight to help save the Senate, up to the last minute of the last open poll on Election Day—and beyond, if that's what it takes.

Because Democrats believe that college students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by student loan debt. We believe in making the investments in education, infrastructure, and research—the giant pipeline of ideas that will turn into opportunities for our children, and their children.

The GOP's big idea? Protect the rich and powerful. On Wall Street, they call it "deregulation," but it's really just like a big neon sign that reads, "Have at 'em, boys!" It's the idea that you're welcome to trick or trap or fool anybody—and rake in the profits.

Republicans haven't been fighting for families who lost their homes. And they haven't lifted a finger for folks who are still unemployed, or those working full time but still living in poverty.

They don't deserve to win on Election Day, but they might.

That's why MoveOn and I are fighting to save the Senate. Can you join me by chipping in now?

Yes, I'll join you by contributing $3.

You—and MoveOn members like you—will determine the outcome of this election. You will be the reason we'll prevail.

Are you ready to win this election? I know I am.

Thanks for all you do.

–Senator Elizabeth Warren

 

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