Friday, February 3, 2012


Mitt Romney and President Obama are tied in the polls. So it's all going to come down to who defines the issues. If we can make 2012 all about the 99% vs. the 1%, Romney and the Republicans can't win. We're ready to get started, but we need to raise $175,000 this week to do it. Can you help? 

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Dear MoveOn member,

Mitt Romney is on the verge of locking up the Republican nomination. And now we're in for an incredibly close race—Gallup's latest poll has Romney tied with President Obama.1 

Romney's election plan is simple: Blame the president for the fact that people are suffering in a bad economy.2 

And with hundreds of millions of dollars to spend, there's a good chance that it'll work—that he'll manage to make voters forget that Obama inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

We don't have a super PAC full of deep-pocketed 1%-ers, but we do have people power that Romney and his Wall Street friends can't match. We've also got a comprehensive plan to make sure that the election's about one thing: who stands for the 99%

Already this year, we've seen people power beat big money on Internet censorship and investigating the housing crisis,3 but if we want to do the same in the election, we have to start now. That means raising $175,000 this week to hire staff and build the new technology we'll need to run hard-hitting ads, local events, polling, petitions, and more. Can you help?

Americans are fed up with politicians like Romney, who are only interested in protecting the 1%. They want more jobs, fair taxes, and economic policies that help all Americans. 

So to drive home who's protecting the 1%, we've got a ton planned—from the presidential level all the way down to local races—including:
  • Organizing thousands of candidates for elected office, from local to federal, to declare their support for fair taxes—for the basic idea that Warren Buffett shouldn't pay a lower tax rate than his secretary
  • Events around the country to pressure Washington to make the wealthy pay their fair share
  • Rapid response ads highlighting Mitt Romney and the Republican Party's absolute commitment to the idea that the richest 1% should pay even less in taxes
  • Organizing millions of people through online actions to show strong public support for Obama's call for fair taxes
Every election has a story. In 2010, the story was about the rise of the tea party. In 2008, it was the amazing power of the Obama generation. And in 2006, it was the Democratic take-back of Congress.

In 2012, we can make this election about the poster boy for the 1% losing because Americans are sick of an economy that isn't working for them. But we need to get started right away. Will you chip in? 

Thanks for all you do.

–Daniel, Adam R., Elena, Milan, and the rest of the team


1. "Romney Ties Obama in Swing States; Gingrich Trails," Gallup, January 30, 2012

2. "Romney Flip-Flops on Blaming Obama for Jobs Crisis," Mother Jones, January 8, 2012 

3. "After an Online Firestorm, Congress Shelves Antipiracy Bills," The New York Times, January 20, 2012

"Obama Creates Unit to Probe Mortgage Misconduct by Banks," Bloomberg Businessweek, January 25, 2012

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