Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I'm standing with MoveOn

Hi there—Did you catch my message a few days ago? The Senate is getting ready to vote in less than a week, and I wanted to be sure you didn't miss it.
Who's ready for some good news? Join me in supporting MoveOn's critical work to get big money out of politics and take back our democracy.

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

The American people are poised to make history.

If we act now, generations to come will remember the historic September 8, 2014, U.S. Senate vote on S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. They will remember the coast-to-coast cheers that erupted from a nation desperate for a solid gain in the fight to rid U.S. politics of the corrosive influence of big money.

For months, I've been working side by side with MoveOn's team to make sure that more Americans understand the sprawling impact of Citizens United, as well as their absolutely critical role in pushing for the very first Senate resolution dedicated to its demise.

We're in a sprint to the finish line. Our work is paying off. Together with our allies, we have secured 50 senators who are on the record as supporting S.J. Res. 19. But there's still much more to do before and after the vote on September 8. And, quite frankly, we need $200,000 to get it all done.

Please join me in supporting MoveOn's work to overturn Citizens United by chipping in $3.

When folks ask me why defeating Citizens United is essential, here's how I frame what's at stake: In case after case, the Roberts majority of the Supreme Court has basically told a handful of billionaires, "You and your corporations already own and control our economy. Now, we're going to give you the opportunity to purchase the U.S. government, as well."

Among these billionaires are Charles and David Koch, who—thanks to Citizens United—are now busy unabashedly buying Tea Party-esque politicians in key states such as North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan, and Colorado. Koch candidates are hell-bent on twisting our nation to match the interests of the elite and ultraconservative.

Let's put the Koch brothers on notice that our democracy is not—and will never be—for sale.

Will you support MoveOn's work to help secure the first big milestone in our long-haul fight to overturn Citizens United?

Here's MoveOn's plan between now and September 8: With your support, MoveOn members will generate a blizzard of phone calls to cement existing Senate supporters of S.J. Res. 19. But that's just the beginning. Using creative media and social-media tactics and hard-hitting on-the-ground events, they'll also go after every senator conspicuously absent from the co-sponsor list, especially key Republicans.

It will be impossible to hide from MoveOn members. Each senator's vote on S.J. Res. 19 will answer the question: Which side of history do you want to be on—that of your constituents or that of big money?

Please help MoveOn ask this critical question of every single senator and candidate by donating now.

Senators who have the nerve to vote against overturning Citizens United will be held accountable by MoveOn members through the midterm elections and beyond.

Think of S.J. Res. 19 as the American people's first giant springboard. The fact that it's coming to the Senate floor for a vote is already a big victory. Our job now is to secure as many votes as possible and—in a critical election year—not let the American people forget the senators who voted for the interests of big money instead of their constituents.

Will you join me in supporting MoveOn's work before and after the groundbreaking September 8 vote? Click here to donate $3.

I can't help but reflect on past constitutional amendment victories that changed our nation—like the ones propelled by people just like us to give women the right to vote or advance civil rights. We have big lessons to learn from each of these breathtaking victories and others like them.

The journey to a successful amendment passage—two-thirds majorities in both houses of Congress—was long and arduous. Millions and millions of Americans joined together in common cause. Every single person was necessary. And because of the grit and faith of our courageous predecessors, our nation emerged from these struggles a little wiser and a whole lot more just.

And so it will be when we rid our nation of Citizens United and take back our democracy. Let's take a bold step forward on September 8, and let's not look back until we win.

Thanks for all you do.

–Senator Bernie Sanders

Want to support our work? We're entirely funded by our 8 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.


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WHATEVER IT TAKES FOR $15 AN HOUR.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Jeanina Jenkins of Low Pay Is Not Ok, and I started a petition to To McDonald’s and the other fast food giants: , which says:

I support the striking fast food workers. It's time to stop hiding behind your franchises and stop making excuses. It's time to pay your workers $15 an hour so they can support their families without relying on public assistance.

Fast food workers across the country are on strike. We're striking because no one who works for a living should be forced to live in poverty – not when we work for hugely profitable corporations. We're striking because McDonald's and the fast food giants continue to dismiss us, and refuse to give us the respect that any human being deserves. We aren't just striking for better pay and respect though, we're striking to survive – and we have no other choice.

We're willing to do whatever it takes to win $15 an hour and the right to form a union without intimidation. Stand with us by adding your name to our petition and share it far and wide after you have.

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

Thanks!

–Jeanina Jenkins

This petition was created on MoveOn's online petition site, where anyone can start their own online petitions. Low Pay Is Not Ok didn't pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the MoveOn.org list.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hear how this law professor's beating the billionaires

Dear MoveOn member, 

The political world is still reeling. 

On July 4, Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig did the impossible: He crossed the $5 million finish line, hitting a fundraising goal that everyone said was impossible ... in less than a month. 

And what was all that money for? Fighting against money in politics. A Super PAC to fight Super PACs. As Lessig likes to say, you have to embrace the irony. 

Now, the real battle begins—actually using that money to beat the billionaires at their own game. And Lessig has a plan for that, too. If you want to hear the inside story on how it all happened and what's coming next, you've got to hear this brand-new episode of "The Good Fight."

The first time "The Good Fight" sat down with Lessig, he was waking up in the middle of the night, his mind racing with anxiety about the $5 million deadline. His pledge, all along, had been that if he didn't reach the goal, he'd refund all of the donations. Then, in the final hours, thousands of MoveOn members—and many others—poured in their support, and everything changed. 

On this episode, you'll hear about that day, and you'll hear why Lessig still thinks, against all the odds, that big money's hammerlock on our democracy can be broken. When you're done, you'll share Lessig's belief that the fight for American democracy is far from over.
   
Thanks for helping make MayDay's breakthrough possible, and 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! 

P.P.S. In case you missed it, here's the email that Lawrence Lessig sent to MoveOn members on July 4, asking for help with MayDay: 

Dear MoveOn member, 

This is Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig. 

Since the early 1920s, aviators and mariners have used the word MAYDAY to signal distress. 

On the sea, when another captain hears that call, there is an obligation to lend aid. 

At MayDay PAC, we are calling a MAYDAY on this democracy. Americans from across the political spectrum believe our government is broken. More than 90% of us link that failure to the role of money in politics. 

And yet our politicians do nothing to break that link. Instead they spend endless time raising campaign funds from the tiniest fraction of the 1%. 

Our democracy is held hostage by these funders of campaigns. We have announced a plan to get it back. 
 
Learn more in this video, and please let me know if you're interested in being part of this. 

Several years ago, I decided to give up my work on copyright and Internet policy and take up the fight against corruption. 

I started collaborating with others on the best way to build a grassroots movement around campaign finance reform. Washington won't fix itself—the people need to take action. 

That's why we created MayDay PAC, an ambitious "Super PAC to end all Super PACs" that will make reform a 2014 campaign issue. We've raised millions so far, shocking the political world. 
 
Can you watch this video explaining MayDay PAC, and let us know if you'd be interested in supporting this effort?

With hope, 
Lawrence Lessig
 

Want to support our work? We're entirely funded by our 8 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Let's make history

Who's ready for some good news? Join me in supporting MoveOn's critical work to get big money out of politics and take back our democracy.

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

The American people are poised to make history.

If we act now, generations to come will remember the historic September 8, 2014, U.S. Senate vote on S.J. Res. 19, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. They will remember the coast-to-coast cheers that erupted from a nation desperate for a solid gain in the fight to rid U.S. politics of the corrosive influence of big money.

For months, I've been working side by side with MoveOn's team to make sure that more Americans understand the sprawling impact of Citizens United, as well as their absolutely critical role in pushing for the very first Senate resolution dedicated to its demise.

We're in a sprint to the finish line. Our work is paying off. Together with our allies, we have secured 50 senators who are on the record as supporting S.J. Res. 19. But there's still much more to do before and after the vote on September 8. And, quite frankly, we need $200,000 to get it all done.

Please join me in supporting MoveOn's work to overturn Citizens United by chipping in $3.

When folks ask me why defeating Citizens United is essential, here's how I frame what's at stake: In case after case, the Roberts majority of the Supreme Court has basically told a handful of billionaires, "You and your corporations already own and control our economy. Now, we're going to give you the opportunity to purchase the U.S. government, as well."

Among these billionaires are Charles and David Koch, who—thanks to Citizens United—are now busy unabashedly buying Tea Party-esque politicians in key states such as North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan, and Colorado. Koch candidates are hell-bent on twisting our nation to match the interests of the elite and ultraconservative.

Let's put the Koch brothers on notice that our democracy is not—and will never be—for sale.

Will you support MoveOn's work to help secure the first big milestone in our long-haul fight to overturn Citizens United?

Here's MoveOn's plan between now and September 8: With your support, MoveOn members will generate a blizzard of phone calls to cement existing Senate supporters of S.J. Res. 19. But that's just the beginning. Using creative media and social-media tactics and hard-hitting on-the-ground events, they'll also go after every senator conspicuously absent from the co-sponsor list, especially key Republicans.

It will be impossible to hide from MoveOn members. Each senator's vote on S.J. Res. 19 will answer the question: Which side of history do you want to be on—that of your constituents or that of big money?

Please help MoveOn ask this critical question of every single senator and candidate by donating now.

Senators who have the nerve to vote against overturning Citizens United will be held accountable by MoveOn members through the midterm elections and beyond.

Think of S.J. Res. 19 as the American people's first giant springboard. The fact that it's coming to the Senate floor for a vote is already a big victory. Our job now is to secure as many votes as possible and—in a critical election year—not let the American people forget the senators who voted for the interests of big money instead of their constituents.

Will you join me in supporting MoveOn's work before and after the groundbreaking September 8 vote? Click here to donate $3.

I can't help but reflect on past constitutional amendment victories that changed our nation—like the ones propelled by people just like us to give women the right to vote or advance civil rights. We have big lessons to learn from each of these breathtaking victories and others like them.

The journey to a successful amendment passage—two-thirds majorities in both houses of Congress—was long and arduous. Millions and millions of Americans joined together in common cause. Every single person was necessary. And because of the grit and faith of our courageous predecessors, our nation emerged from these struggles a little wiser and a whole lot more just.

And so it will be when we rid our nation of Citizens United and take back our democracy. Let's take a bold step forward on September 8, and let's not look back until we win.

Thanks for all you do.

–Senator Bernie Sanders

Want to support our work? We're entirely funded by our 8 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Two ads the GOP doesn't want you to see

Dear MoveOn member,

This could be a game changer.

When news broke Wednesday that Senator Mitch McConnell and fellow right-wing Senate candidates Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, and Tom Cotton were caught on tape pandering to a roomful of right-wing billionaires like Charles and David Koch, MoveOn members swung into action.

Within 48 hours—thanks to thousands of small-dollar contributions from MoveOn members—we were able to release two new 30-second TV ads introducing the real Ernst—a Tea Party candidate hoping to take progressive Tom Harkin's Senate seat in Iowa —and McConnell to their constituents.1 2

The Des Moines Register called Ernst's comments "evidence that Ernst is beholden to billionaires."3 The Washington Post said the ad "signals how the revelation will be used against other GOP candidates."4

 
This may be Ernst and McConnell's "47% moment." Their comments, caught on tape, could risk their election—just as Mitt Romney sparked voter backlash and outrage after he called 47% of Americans freeloading victims in 2012—but only if we make this moment one that voters will remember when they go to the polls.

Can you take a moment to watch MoveOn's ad targeting Senator Mitch McConnell and share it with everyone you know?

If further proof was needed that Ernst and McConnell have been hand-picked by the Koch brothers to advance their extreme policy agenda, this is it.

With your help, we'll be able to turn these leaked recordings into a political liability for Ernst, McConnell, and others beholden to the ultra right-wing, ultra-wealthy Koch network.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Kristin, Aiyi'nah, Justin, and the rest of the team

Source:

1. "At Koch Retreat, Top GOP Senate Candidates Credited Koch Network For Their Rise," Huffington Post, August 27, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300494&id=100556-10220574-yv7MdFx&t=5

2. "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=100556-10220574-yv7MdFx&t=6

3. "New TV ad hits Ernst on Koch Brothers conference," The Des Moines Register, August 28, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300532&id=100556-10220574-yv7MdFx&t=7

4. "Happy Hour Roundup," The Washington Post, August 28, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300533&id=100556-10220574-yv7MdFx&t=8

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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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