Friday, October 24, 2014

We need to do something big, together

I hope you'll join me to fend off Republicans trying to take over the Senate this year.
Susan Sarandon
Can you join us in calling women voters in key battleground states this weekend to make sure they show up to vote?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I'm going to keep this brief because, believe it or not, I don't really like speaking in front of large groups. And while this isn't exactly a speech, MoveOn members are actually a pretty big crowd.

Truth be told, that's the reason I thought this note was worth sending—because we need to do something big, together, to stop Democrats from losing the Senate this year.

We can allow Congress to fall even further into disarray by letting Republicans take charge of the Senate or, together, we can fend them off by joining one of the country's biggest get-out-the-vote programs.

I hope you'll choose to help me fend them off—and click here right now to sign up to call voters with MoveOn.

Look, there are a lot of causes in the world that we should care about. As an "activist" (I really prefer the term "engaged citizen"), I do what I can to draw attention to them.

But here's the thing: If you care about any individual causes, then you have to care about elections—because so much boils down to who we allow to make the laws we live under. And this election is particularly important to women—and the men who love them.

There are too many Republican candidates downright lying about their positions on issues important to women—from equal pay for equal work to access to contraception.

That's why MoveOn has dedicated this weekend exclusively to calling women voters. (Don't worry, fellas—you all can still make calls this weekend too. In fact, we need everyone to step up and talk to voters.)

If you're willing to help get women voters to the polls in the states that'll matter most, then click here right now to sign up for your calling shift.

I live in New York, and there's no big Senate race here this year. Instead, the action is in states like Colorado, Iowa, and North Carolina. What voters there decide to do—or not do—will impact me, too.

If you care about Social Security being around for this generation and the next, if you care about working people getting a raise, if you care about women earning equal pay, then I hope you'll make a few calls to voters this year.

It's good being in the struggle with you all, and I'm looking forward to hearing about the tens of thousands of women who turn out to vote because of our calls.

Thanks for all you do.

–Susan


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Serious fundraising shortfall

This election is so close and so important, and every dollar you give we're able to turn into votes.

Dear MoveOn member,

We've just gone over the budget, and 12 days before Election Day we're still $663,000 short of what we were counting on for this election.

MoveOn doesn't have any secret outside bazillionaire paying our bills—literally every dime comes from members like you. So if we raise less money, we simply have no choice but to do less work.

And if we're not able to close this fundraising gap, we won't be able to follow through on some of the most important parts of our entire campaign plan. For instance:

  • We have ad space reserved in key states like South Dakota—but we haven't raised money to pay for it yet.
  • MoveOn volunteers are making so many get-out-the-vote calls, they're burning through all our calling minutes. We won't be able to make more reminder calls to voters unless we can buy more time from our vendor.
  • We know there will be voter suppression efforts on Election Day, but we don't yet have enough money to put our rapid-response plan in place to stop Republican shenanigans.

If we have to pull the plug on any of this, and then we lose the election . . . it'll be heartbreaking. Can you chip in $3 to help with our campaign?

Yes, I'll chip in to close the fundraising gap and help stop the GOP takeover of the Senate.

This election is so close that control of the entire U.S. Senate could be decided by a single state. And one Senate seat can be decided by a just a few hundred voters. In 2008, we rallied behind progressive champion Al Franken during his first senatorial campaign. He won that Senate seat by a margin of 0.01%—just 312 votes.

That's where MoveOn's groundbreaking voter contact program comes in. We've mastered the most effective strategies to motivate people to vote.

The only downside is that they're quite resource-intensive. For instance, research shows that the most effective way to get someone to vote is to have a real person talk to them directly. It's great that we know how to do that, but it's super expensive to hire enough organizers, computer programmers, and data analysts to run a program like the one we have.

That's why we keep asking you to donate. This election is so close and so important—and every dollar you give we're able to turn into votes. Will you chip in $3 today?

Yes, I'll chip in to help stop the GOP takeover of the Senate.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ilya, Aiyi'nah, Maria, Jo, and the rest of the team

Source:

1. "Battle for the Senate," Real Clear Politics, accessed October 22, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301362&id=103568-10220574-8wDrARx&t=1

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Supervoters unite

Dear MoveOn member,

Do you know any women in North Carolina, Colorado, or Iowa?

Every vote matters, but this year, women's votes in a few key battleground states are likely to decide who controls the Senate.1

That's the inspiration behind Supervoters, a campaign we're launching today to make sure women voters in those states know—and use—their power. We're unveiling movie-poster-style ads and online videos, and this weekend we'll be calling hundreds of thousands of women voters in those key states and help get them to the polls.

Will you help spread the word?

On MoveOn's Supervoter site, you'll find a video and online ads featuring some awe-inspiring MoveOn members. Please share the video and ads with friends or family in North Carolina, Iowa, or Colorado!

Here's a sneak peek of some of the great ads:


Right now, control of the U.S. Senate is a toss-up—just a few hotly contested states will determine the outcome.2 It reminds me of past presidential elections, when all eyes were on Ohio and Florida! But this time, women in North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado, and a handful of other states may be the last line of defense against a regressive, anti-woman GOP-led Senate.

Why only women voters? Don't men's votes count as well? Absolutely. But women voters are especially attuned to the stakes of this election, as the outcome is inextricably linked to our health, our bodies, our paychecks, and our children. And if women mostly stay home on Election Day, Democrats will lose—it's as simple as that.3

Will you help save the Senate by sharing this Supervoter video and these online ads with any women you know in Iowa, Colorado, and North Carolina—so they know how much the rest of us are counting on them?

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Kristin, Maria, Victoria, Brian, and the rest of MoveOn's Supervoter team

Sources:

1. "Women Hold Vital Votes in Senate Races," The New York Times, September 21, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301371&id=103552-10220574-rAo%3DU0x&t=6

2. "FiveThirtyEight's Senate Forecast," FiveThirtyEight, October 22, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301387&id=103552-10220574-rAo%3DU0x&t=7

3. "In Search of Female Voters," U.S. News & World Report, October 20, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301380&id=103552-10220574-rAo%3DU0x&t=9

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'll get right to the point

If progressives want to win in 2014 and beyond, we need to make the ground shake with voters who are mobilized and passionate about blocking a Republican win.
Dear MoveOn member,

I'll get right to the point: MoveOn's proven, game-changing elections work is incredibly important and effective. But it's also incredibly resource-intensive. Can you help keep MoveOn's elections work going through Election Day?

Yes, I'll chip in $3.

We've got 13 days. If progressives want to win in 2014 and beyond, we need to make the ground shake with voters who are mobilized and passionate about blocking a Republican win.

We need MoveOn's Voters Rising team to save the Senate. And MoveOn needs our support right now—so that it can expand its efforts in the face of increasingly tight races and increasingly high stakes.

Let's save the U.S. Senate and wake up on November 5 with a fighting chance of taking back our nation—together. Can you help out with $3?

Please give what you can to MoveOn's Voters Rising. And give now.

Thanks for all you do.

–U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

You can stop voter suppression in your community

Dear MoveOn member,

The election is only 14 days away, and that means that things are coming down to the wire. MoveOn members all over the country are making millions of calls to encourage progressive voters to make it out to the polls. But the other side is hard at work as well.

All around the country, as people who actually appreciate democracy are urging citizens to vote, shadowy front groups are spreading a different message. They are trying to do everything in their power to confuse, intimidate, and discourage likely Democratic voters from making it to the polls.

That why we need to make sure we're keeping an eye out for voter intimidation and suppression around the country. Will you join our Voter Protection Squad and help us make sure every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot on or before November 4?

Yes, sign me up!

Here are some examples of tactics we've seen as part of past voter suppression efforts:

  • Mailings trying to convince folks that they'll be ineligible to vote if they don't register again by some urgent deadline, even if they've been registered for years.1
  • Signs, often targeting lower-income neighborhood and people of color, trying to scare folks from going to the polls.2
  • Individual poll workers using their position of authority to disseminate false information about voting.3

As part of the Voter Protection Squad, you'll keep an eye out for these and other forms of voter suppression. We'll follow up on your tips and investigate each incident, bringing in our legal team if necessary.

Sign up today to join the squad and help protect everyone's right to cast a ballot on or before November 4!

Yes, count me in!

Thanks for all you do,

Maria, Erica, Joan, Manny, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Kochs now harassing voters in Illinois with registration mailers," Daily Kos, October 15, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301335&id=103435-10220574-Aq4PdAx&t=3

2. "'Voter Fraud' Billboards In Ohio Meant To Intimidate, Advocates Say (UPDATE)," The Huffington Post, October 12, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=282615&id=103435-10220574-Aq4PdAx&t=4

3. "Topeka seniors shut out of primary by ID law, poll worker," The Topeka Capital-Journal, August 8, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301286&id=103435-10220574-Aq4PdAx&t=5


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York Times: Major election shake-up

The New York Times reports that a populist progressive in South Dakota—of all places—could decide control of the Senate!
The New York Times reports that in the race for control of the U.S. Senate, Rick Weiland—a guitar-strumming, Citizens United-slamming, honest-to-goodness progressive populist from South Dakota—could be the tiebreaker.

We're only $55,960 short of the $200,000 we need to enter the race. Can you chip in $3 to help us save the Senate by electing Rick Weiland?

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

This is, as Joe Biden might say, a BFD: The New York Times reports that a populist progressive in South Dakota—of all places—could decide control of the Senate!1

This is a huge opportunity that's fallen into our laps. What happens in South Dakota could determine who controls the Senate. And we are agonizingly close to raising the $200,000 we need to expand our election program there. But we're still $55,960 short—that's less than a penny per MoveOn member. Will you chip in?

Yes, I'll help MoveOn expand into South Dakota.

It's incredible that a guitar-strumming, Citizens United-slamming, honest-to-goodness progressive populist could determine whether or not the Senate falls into Republican hands.

This is a once-in-an-election opportunity—and the kind of campaign MoveOn was meant to run. A campaign proving that progressive values can win elections—even in a deep-red state like South Dakota.

You can help save the Senate and send a message that progressives can win—even in deep-red states. Can you chip in $3 to make it happen?

Yes, I'll chip in.

Rick Weiland's race could be the tipping point for control of the U.S. Senate. Right-wing Republicans are banking on a win in South Dakota in order to take control of the Senate. But without South Dakota, it becomes virtually impossible for them.2

We saw how much right-wing craziness was unleashed when Republicans seized just one arm of Congress. We have to stop them from taking another.

Plus, if we win this, we'll get a genuine progressive as part of the bargain—not a Democrat-in-name-only. We can keep the Senate out of Republican hands—by electing a progressive!

That's why we're getting ready to go all-in. To start, we're rushing a six-figure ad buy onto the air—our ad has already been covered by the Times.3 Next, with your help, we need to shift volunteer resources to the state, run more ads, and make this election a big referendum on money in politics—one of Weiland's core issues. Are you in?

Yes, I'll help MoveOn expand into South Dakota.

We need your help because we didn't budget for South Dakota—at all. This is late-breaking news that no one was expecting. (The Republican candidate has been bogged down in scandal, there are multiple candidates on the ballot, and Weiland is running a strong campaign.) We've already made commitments in other states, and we can't afford to scale back the rest of our get-out-the-vote program in any case. Not with control of the Senate so close—because it's not enough to elect strong progressives, yet lose control of the Senate to Mitch McConnell.

The good news is, we don't have to make hard choices like that. Thanks to generous support from MoveOn members over the past week, we need only $55,960 more to campaign in South Dakota—and keep the rest of our program going. Will you help put us over the top?

Yes, I'll chip in.

This is the kind of race MoveOn's best at running—and winning. An audacious, Elizabeth Warren-style progressive who's fighting for the little guy and striking back against Citizens United. So if we go in, we go in big:

  • MoveOn members will hit the phones—we'll make a blitz of phone calls to South Dakota voters to increase turnout. We'll be using our new tools—our secret combination of technology and targeting that we're keeping hidden from Republicans—which will make MoveOn members' phone calls into South Dakota roughly six times more effective than the calls we made in 2012.
  • We'll run TV and online ads emphasizing the issue of money in politics—which is consistently MoveOn members' top priority when we ask our membership to vote.
  • And we'll support in-state MoveOn members who are ready and eager to help.

If you believe we should do all of this—and more—then will you chip in $3 now and put us over the top?

Yes, I'll chip in to elect Rick Weiland and help save the Senate.

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Kate, Milan, Stephen, and the rest of the team

P.S. This race could determine control of the Senate—and it's also a big referendum on money in politics. Are you in?

Yes, I'll chip in and help send a guitar-strumming, Citizens United-slamming, honest-to-goodness progressive populist to Washington.

Sources:

1. "Senate Contest in South Dakota Is Free-for-All," The New York Times, October 13, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301256&id=103337-10220574-5JPyZrx&t=1

2. Ibid.
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301256&id=103337-10220574-5JPyZrx&t=2

3. Ibid.
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301256&id=103337-10220574-5JPyZrx&t=3


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How I shocked my teenager

I'm going to start this story at the end.


Will you join members like Suzanne in calling voters to save the Senate this weekend?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

Sometimes you just have to start a really good story at the end. So here goes.

I'll never forget the expression on my 13-year-old daughter's face as she watched me call progressive voters across the country from our Connecticut kitchen table and urge them to get out and vote on Election Day.

She looked proud, excited, and maybe—so like a teenager—just a little bit shocked to see me in action. Of course, I fight for her future every day. That's what moms do. But this was different somehow, because call by call, conversation by conversation, she could see me making a difference in real-time.

You know, it's one thing for me to talk with my kids about what I value—about democracy and about what happens when good people don't step up to make it work. That's important, for sure, and I wouldn't trade our dinnertime conversations for anything in the world.

But it's another thing entirely for my daughter to see me live our family's values—to walk the talk, so to speak.

I'm signing up to make more calls this weekend and I just have to ask:

Will you join me and the thousands of other MoveOn members who've signed up to call voters and help us save the Senate together?

Yes. I'm signing up!

I have to be honest with you. I was dreading my Voters Rising call shift all week, almost like a root canal. Maybe you have some of the same worries that I had. I don't have great technical skills and I worried about imposing on folks.

But I told myself: "Just click the darn sign-up button, show up at your computer with your phone, and see what happens."

I'm so glad I did.

You can do it to! Can you sign up today?

Yes. I'm signing up!

As it turns out, making get-out-the-vote calls is really easy.

It took me two calls to get comfortable. On the third call, the magic took over. I found the courage to say the things that I only say out loud when I'm home alone, listening National Public Radio and doing a stack of dishes.

I talked with the person I phoned about why I cared so very deeply about their vote. I want equal pay for women and to get money out of politics. I want a just federal minimum wage and for wealthy folks and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. I want my daughter to have say over what happens to her body—plain and simple as that.

It all just came pouring out. And the person responded with her own concerns and hopes.

From that point, it was clear sailing. Sure, I got some answering machines and some wrong numbers, but I also spoke with many voters who weren't thinking about the mid-term election, or who weren't planning to vote prior to getting my call because they were disillusioned or angry about the mess in Congress. I spoke with folks who were undecided and others who wanted to come out swinging in opposition to Mitch McConnell but just needed a little encouragement.

People wanted to hear what I had to say, as long as I spoke from the heart. That's the power of MoveOn's citizen-powered plan. That's the power you'll have when you sign up.

Can you? Right now?

Yes. I'm signing up!

Please don't miss the opportunity to join Voters Rising.

You'll have your own reasons for making these calls. For me, it's the love I have for my kids and this big, unwieldy democracy of ours—a democracy that's being eroded and corrupted before my eyes.

Well, not on my watch. Not any more.

And just one more thing. Like you, I have way too many things to get done in a day. I thought that signing up for a call shift would just add to the tired, back-to-school feeling that creeps in right about now. I was wrong. There's an irreplaceable feeling that comes from contributing like this, from exchanging ideas with folks across the country.

I'm uplifted. Hopeful. Raring to go. Because this is what democracy looks like.

And now that I've had a taste of it, there's no going back! Thank goodness.

And my daughter? She's hooked. And has promised to make dinner the next time I have a call shift. Now that's a deal.

Thanks for all you do.

–Suzanne, a MoveOn volunteer

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