Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The results, after 1,650,000 votes


Dear MoveOn member,

We've got a big decision to make together.

Over the last several days, thousands of us have been sifting through ideas for how to end corporate corruption of our democracy. The top ideas are combined into the slate below. 

Now we have to decide whether MoveOn should endorse this slate—and run a major grassroots campaign demanding that Congress pass this anti-corporate-corruption agenda into law.

If 2/3 of MoveOn members vote yes, we'll spend the next several months challenging candidates for Congress to pledge their support—and work to elect those who promise to go to DC and fight for this agenda. And of course we'll keep pushing after the election to make sure they keep their promise. If we don't reach the 66% mark, we'll focus on other projects.

Here's the winning slate:

  1. Overturn Citizens United: Amend the Constitution to protect America from unlimited corporate spending on our elections by overturning the Supreme Court's decision giving corporations the same First Amendment rights as people. 

  2. Fair Elections Now: Pass the Fair Elections Now Act, providing public financing to candidates who are supported by small donors so they can compete with corporate-backed and self-funded candidates.

  3. Lobbyist Reform Act: Pass legislation to end the overwhelming influence of corporate lobbyists by: prohibiting individuals from switching from corporate lobbying to government service, or vice-versa, within a 5-year period; stopping corporate lobbyists from giving gifts and providing free travel to government officials; and posting online the attendees and content of all meetings between lobbyists and government officials.

So, should MoveOn endorse this anti-corruption agenda, and work to get candidates and elected officials to support it?

Voting closes tomorrow at 9 pm EST.

This slate was put together by tens of thousands of MoveOn members and other progressive Americans. Working with The Other 98%—a new online movement to make democracy work for the 98% of us who DON'T have corporate lobbyists representing us in DC—we feel we've been able to capture the combined spirit and frustration in the final ideas above. (These three planks actually combine the top 6 ideas, after more than 1.5 million votes were cast. For example, the Lobbyist Reform Act combines three top-ranking ideas.)

If you vote yes, we'll add your personal endorsement to thousands of others, and make sure your representatives in Congress know you back these solutions. 

So please vote now.

This is an important choice. Reining in the influence of companies like BP and Goldman Sachs to put the people back in charge of our government is probably the most ambitious goal MoveOn has ever tackled. It'll take a major effort—electing true progressives and pushing legislation—over years—to win these solutions. But unless we start right away, we might never get there.

Please take a moment now to vote. Voting ends at 9 pm EST on Wednesday. 

Thanks for all you do,

–Ilyse, Eli, Milan, Lenore, and the rest of the team

P.S. If you'd like to vote "yes" on the slate without having your support passed on to your members of Congress, you can click here. And again, here's the link to vote "no."

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