Thursday, June 17, 2010

MoveOn member, it's your choice

Hundreds of people have submitted ideas for how to rescue our democracy from corporations and lobbyists. Now it's up to YOU to choose the best ones. Will you take 5 minutes to rate some ideas?

Dear MoveOn member,

Can you spend 5 minutes right now helping us find the best ideas for taking on the influence of lobbyists and corporations in Washington, DC?

Evidence that our democracy is broken is all around us, from the foreclosure signs in our neighborhoods to the oil washing up on our beaches.

That's why we're joining with the Other 98%—a new online movement to make democracy work for the 98% of us who DON'T have corporate lobbyists—to create a new blueprint, written by all of us together, for putting the People back in charge of our government.

We're calling the effort Stand for Democracy. Hundreds of folks have submitted ideas for how to curb corporate influence: Will you take 5 minutes right now to rate some of these ideas—or even add your own? It's really simple. Just click here:

Later this week, after thousands of us have rated the initial proposals, we'll announce the top 20 finalist ideas, and ask everyone to choose the 5 ideas that, together, would do the best job of making our democracy work for regular people.  Then we'll ask candidates to support the winning ideas.

The overwhelming clout of lobbyists and corporations is, of course, a huge problem, and not one we can fix in a month or a year. But it's a problem we have to tackle. As we saw again and again this year—from the insurance companies killing the public option, to the oil and coal companies blocking clean energy legislation—until we take this on, transformative change will be impossible.

And this year, when there's so much frustration with Washington across the political spectrum, is the right time to push for reform.

But it'll only work if we all get involved. And the first step is to agree on what we want. Will you take 5 minutes to rate some ideas for the pledge?

Right now, our democracy is working great for CEOs and lobbyists. It's time to make it work for the other 98% of us. 

Thanks for all you do,

–Ilyse, Milan, Justin, Kat, and the rest of the team

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