Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Leaked!

Breaking news: Secret recordings were just leaked from a private meeting between the Koch brothers, Mitch McConnell, and other Republican donors and Senate candidates. We're rushing to produce ads now so voters hear the disturbing recordings—can you chip in?

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

Breaking news: Early this morning, secret recordings were leaked from a private meeting between the Koch brothers and some of the top Republicans in the country—including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican nominees for Senate in pivotal election states like Iowa and Colorado.1

There are some deeply troubling comments in the audio that's been leaked—including Mitch McConnell gushing to the Koch brothers, "I don't know where we'd be without you"; McConnell boasting over the Supreme Court's Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions; and ominous declarations of what Republicans will do if they take the Senate in November:

We're going to go after [the President and Democrats generally] on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board ... All across the federal government, we're going to go after it.2

There's more. This could be Mitch McConnell's 47% moment—just as Mitt Romney was undone by the leaks of his controversial remarks where he called 47% of Americans "mooches" and "victims." This is a golden opportunity to make sure the American public understands just how extreme and out-of-touch the leadership of the Republican Party is—and how beholden to these right-wing billionaires they've become.

We're putting together ads NOW that feature these recordings. We'll air them in Kentucky—where voters are already skeptical of McConnell. And we'll add in other key Senate-race states like Colorado and Iowa if we have enough resources. This could become a pivotal moment. Will you help us rush ads onto the air tomorrow—to catch the story while the media is just tuning in?

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Jo, Ai'yinah, Ilya, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive)," The Nation, August 26, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300499&id=100447-10220574-e3NtJ8x&t=3

2. Ibid.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stop Burger King's tax dodge

Dear MoveOn member,

We're The Other 98%, and we started a petition to the Burger King board of directors, which says:

Burger King benefits enormously from being an American company and should pay its fair share of taxes here in America. Don't even attempt this whopper tax dodge or we will boycott Burger King.

Burger King is an American company worth more than $9 billion dollars. They're in talks to buy Tim Hortons Inc., Canada's largest coffee-shop chain. 

Burger King's sinister plan is to relocate their corporate headquarters to Ontario, Canada, thereby dodging their American taxes in a calculated move called "tax inversion." 

Burger King's largest shareholder, a private equity firm called 3G Capital, will win and the American people will lose. Again. Unless we stop them.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–The Other 98%

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Sign my petition to overturn Citizens United

Sign the petition: Join me in urging Congress to amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon.

Dear MoveOn member,

Huge news: On September 8, the Senate is voting for the first time in history on a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United and McCutcheon Supreme Court decisions. That's why I started a petition to my colleagues in Congress, which says:

The Koch brothers and other billionaires are spending huge sums of money to buy elections and make the rich even richer. Please join me and MoveOn.org to defend American democracy by supporting S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court rulings of Citizens United and McCutcheon.

The Koch brothers' agenda is to repeal every major piece of legislation that has been signed into law over the past 80 years that has protected the middle class, the elderly, children, the sick, and the most vulnerable in this country.

And make no mistake, Citizens United has radically changed the nature of our democracy, further tilting the balance of power toward the rich and the powerful at a time when already the wealthiest people in this country have never had it so good.

Our great nation can no longer be hijacked by right-wing billionaires like the Koch brothers. For the sake of our children and our grandchildren, for the sake of our economy, we have got to let democracy prevail.

Sign the petition: Stand with me to get Koch money out of politics, and tell Congress you support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon.

With the Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court is telling billionaires to go ahead and buy the U.S. government. We must not allow that to happen.

Stand with me, and tell Congress to end the special-interest takeover of our democracy and pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and McCutcheon.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thank you for your support.

–Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

 

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Start your Petition

Dear MoveOn member,

Here's how it'll go:

You see something that needs a change, so you start a petition on MoveOn's website.

You recruit your friends to sign it and they, in turn, get their friends.

We send it out to some of our members and they get really excited about it, so we send it to everyone in your city, your state, or maybe even all 8 million MoveOn members.

Now that you have a bunch of people on board, you organize them. We give you the support you need. You use our email tool to have them call their representatives, get more signers, go to events.

MoveOn pays for you to print up copies of your petition, and you deliver it to the person you're petitioning. You get on TV and in the newspaper. 

And you win.

It's happened hundreds of times already. It could very easily happen to you. All you need is a good enough idea and the willingness to put in the time. Show us you mean business and we'll be with you every step of the way. You really can do this. How about it?

Click here to start your own petition right now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Milan, Maria, Bobby, Mark, and the rest of the team

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

FW: This is huge (Citizens United)

Wow. This is huge. 50 U.S. senators have come out against Citizens United—ahead of a historic vote in just 15 days to amend the Constitution to get money out of politics.

We're launching a full-court press right now: We've initiated a petition drive with Senator Bernie Sanders—and are planning to generate a blizzard of phone calls targeting senators who have not yet co-sponsored legislation to overturn Citizens United. Next, we'll earn key news coverage with the goal of pressuring lawmakers to vote money out of politics. And after the vote, we'll immediately launch a hard-hitting ad campaign, going after senators who defend the indefensible and wildly unpopular Citizens United decision.

We've raised nearly $100,000 this weekend—but we need $200,000 to do it all.

Can you make a one-time donation of $5 today to help us get ads on the air and run a blitz campaign? Click here to chip in.

Want to do even more? Click here to make a monthly contribution to power MoveOn's year-in-year-out campaign to overturn Citizens United.

For more details on our campaign, see my note from the other day.
The Senate is about to vote on Citizens United, one of the least popular Supreme Court decisions ever. Any senator who votes wrong is putting a huge political target on their back—if we have enough ongoing support to really hold them accountable. Can you chip in $5 a month?

I'll Chip In

Dear MoveOn member,

Next month, for the first time ever, the U.S. Senate will vote on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

This. Is. Huge. And it could change this entire election.

Citizens United isn't just one of the worst Supreme Court decisions ever—it's one of the least popular. Seriously—80 percent of Americans oppose it. Even 72% of Republican voters think the Supreme Court got it wrong.1

That's why almost every politician claims that they don't like Super PACs. But when there's a high-profile vote like this, every senator will need to put up or shut up.

Senators who have the nerve to vote against overturning Citizens United will be putting a massive political target on their back—if we have enough ongoing support to really hold them accountable.

That's why we're aiming to recruit 5,000 "movement makers"—folks who chip in monthly to help end the corrosive influence of money in politics. If we meet our goal, we'll start with a hard-hitting ad campaign right after the vote, going after senators who vote to uphold Citizens United. And that'll be just the beginning—it's the next big step in our years-long campaign to overturn Citizens United. Can you chip in $5 a month to help overturn Citizens United?

Yes, I'll contribute $5 a month.

No, I can't.

Fifty senators have said they support the amendment to overturn Citizens United. A bunch of the rest haven't said which way they'll vote.

If we can recruit 5,000 monthly donors before the vote, undecided senators will know what's coming and feel enormous pressure to vote the right way.

So here's the plan: Before the vote, we're going to launch a full-court press with phone calls, petitions, and news conferences to get as many senators as possible to vote the right way. And we'll keep track of who supports the bill and who doesn't on a public website so everyone knows.

Then, after the vote, we'll launch a hard-hitting ad campaign going after senators who vote the wrong way. And we'll keep going: We'll hold senators who vote the wrong way accountable during election season—and then fight to overturn Citizens United for as long as it takes.

Can you chip in $5 a month to help fight the corrupting influence of money in politics?

Yes, I can contribute $5 a month.

No, I can't.

Your first donation—today—will allow us to run a big enough ad campaign to make sure our message is heard even in a crowded election year. And then your ongoing support will enable us to fight the destructive influence of money in politics through election season and beyond.

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Victoria, Justin, Manny, and the rest of the team

Source:

1. "Broad Bi-Partisan Consensus Supports Reforms to Supreme Court," Democracy Corps, May 7, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300406&id=100294-10220574-9nPFbOx&t=9

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bumble Bee Foods: Protect sharks and ensure your tuna is legal and sustainable

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Sarah Rasmussen of Greenpeace, and I started a petition to Chris Lischewski, CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, which says:

Millions of sharks are killed by tuna vessels every year--as bycatch or from illegal shark finning practices.

Major companies like Bumble Bee have a responsibility to ensure that their products do not come with the hidden cost of millions of dead sharks.

Millions of sharks are killed every year only for their fins. Policies banning shark finning, including the guidelines of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), are not enough. 

Unless Bumble Bee Foods can publicly prove that all aspects of its supply chain, including the independent vessels that it buys fish from, are not finning sharks, those guidelines become meaningless. 

Bumble Bee Foods: Protect sharks and ensure your tuna is legal and sustainable.

I am requesting that Bumble Bee take the following steps to ensure its tuna is legal and sustainable: 

(1) Stop relying on wire leaders—which are unnecessary for catching tuna but ensure high rates of shark bycatch—and stop using transshipment at sea, which allows tuna boats to hide illegal practices. Bumble Bee must take steps to ensure that its tuna is not caught at the expense of dwindling shark populations.

(2) Provide living wages for fishermen. 


Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–Sarah Rasmussen

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

This is huge (Citizens United)

The Senate is about to vote on Citizens United, one of the least popular Supreme Court decisions ever. Any senator who votes wrong is putting a huge political target on their back—if we have enough ongoing support to really hold them accountable. Can you chip in $5 a month?

I'll Chip In

Dear MoveOn member,

Next month, for the first time ever, the U.S. Senate will vote on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

This. Is. Huge. And it could change this entire election.

Citizens United isn't just one of the worst Supreme Court decisions ever—it's one of the least popular. Seriously—80 percent of Americans oppose it. Even 72% of Republican voters think the Supreme Court got it wrong.1

That's why almost every politician claims that they don't like Super PACs. But when there's a high-profile vote like this, every senator will need to put up or shut up.

Senators who have the nerve to vote against overturning Citizens United will be putting a massive political target on their back—if we have enough ongoing support to really hold them accountable.

That's why we're aiming to recruit 5,000 "movement makers"—folks who chip in monthly to help end the corrosive influence of money in politics. If we meet our goal, we'll start with a hard-hitting ad campaign right after the vote, going after senators who vote to uphold Citizens United. And that'll be just the beginning—it's the next big step in our years-long campaign to overturn Citizens United. Can you chip in $5 a month to help overturn Citizens United?

Yes, I'll contribute $5 a month.

No, I can't.

Forty-eight senators have said they support the amendment to overturn Citizens United. A bunch of the rest haven't said which way they'll vote.

If we can recruit 5,000 monthly donors before the vote, undecided senators will know what's coming and feel enormous pressure to vote the right way.

So here's the plan: Before the vote, we're going to launch a full-court press with phone calls, petitions, and news conferences to get as many senators as possible to vote the right way. And we'll keep track of who supports the bill and who doesn't on a public website so everyone knows.

Then, after the vote, we'll launch a hard-hitting ad campaign going after senators who vote the wrong way. And we'll keep going: We'll hold senators who vote the wrong way accountable during election season—and then fight to overturn Citizens United for as long as it takes.

Can you chip in $5 a month to help fight the corrupting influence of money in politics?

Yes, I can contribute $5 a month.

No, I can't.

Your first donation—today—will allow us to run a big enough ad campaign to make sure our message is heard even in a crowded election year. And then your ongoing support will enable us to fight the destructive influence of money in politics through election season and beyond.

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Victoria, Justin, Manny, and the rest of the team

Source:

1. "Broad Bi-Partisan Consensus Supports Reforms to Supreme Court," Democracy Corps, May 7, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300406&id=100161-10220574-Bba7rgx&t=6


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