Dear MoveOn member,
Our campaign to take back our democracy is gaining steam.
Last week, we launched the "Fight Washington Corruption" pledge—our blueprint for ending corporate control over our democracy. You and over 130,000 people around the country have endorsed the pledge and thousands more are signing on every day.
Now it's time to start transforming that momentum into a force to change Washington.
This week, 2,693 MoveOn members delivered copies of the pledge to the local offices of over 450 members of Congress.
That's a great start, but to convince legislators to sign our pledge, we'll need to show them that even more of their constituents are behind it. Can you send a free fax copy of the pledge to Representative Carolyn McCarthy today? Click here to send a fax now:
Over the last two years, corporations and lobbyists have been working overtime to block progressive change in Washington. We've seen insurance companies work to water down health reform; bailed-out bankers lobby to keep bonuses; and now BP is spending over $30,000 per day to avoid responsibility for the disaster it caused.1 That's what democracy looks like when too many politicians forget to do the people's business.
But thanks to you, we now have a way to change that. By making candidates commit to the "Fight Washington Corruption" pledge, we can make sure that, this year, the legislators we elect are ready to work for us.
The visits MoveOn members made to local offices this week are a great start to getting politicians' attention. We can amplify that effort by making sure that every member of Congress gets copies of the pledge sent to them today by their constituents.
Please send a free fax to the office of Rep. McCarthy to make this the year we end business as usual in Washington. Click here to send a free fax now:
Thanks for all you do.
Ilyse, Milan, Lenore, Jeff and the rest of the team
P.S. Here's the text of the "Fight Washington Corruption" pledge you'll be sending to your representative, asking them to sign on:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
1. OpenSecrets.org, accessed July 1, 2010.
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