Dear MoveOn member,
With November fast approaching, we need to make some hard decisions about which campaigns we can afford to take on, and which ones we'll have to sit out.
There are so many important races this year. Of course there's the presidential election. But the U.S. Senate is up for grabs, too. There's the Scott Walker recall in Wisconsin. If we can elect Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, that will be huge.
It's like picking which of your kids you love the most. I just can't do it.
But I'll be honest—if we can't increase our budget, we're going to have to pull the plug now on some absolutely crucial campaigns.
Can you chip in $5 to help make sure we don't have to sit out some of these critical campaigns?
Here are some examples of the important projects we'd love to run in 2012 if we had enough money:
- Young voter turnout. Young voters were crucial to Obama's victory in 2008, but most elections experts say it's unlikely they'll vote again in similar numbers this time around. We learned how to register and turn out young voters last time, and we need to do it again.
- Elect Elizabeth Warren and keep control of the U.S. Senate. Elizabeth Warren is one of the best progressive candidates we've seen in years. When control of the Senate could be decided on her race, how could we not help her win?
- Fighting voter suppression. Republicans have passed a wave of laws aimed at making it harder to vote for African Americans, students, and poor people. If turnout goes down by even a couple percentage points among these key voting blocs, that could be disastrous.
MoveOn will do a little bit on all of these projects, but will we be able to go big? That's mostly a question of resources. If we have enough money, we will. If not, we simply can't.
MoveOn has an incredible track record in past elections—when we take on a campaign, we get results.
In 2008, MoveOn was one of the first groups to endorse President Obama, and we then recruited 1 million volunteers who went door to door, made phone calls, and helped provide the surge of grassroots support necessary to elect Obama.
In 2006, before anyone else was even talking about it, we announced plans to take back Congress from the Republicans. We made over 7 million phone calls to occasional voters to help fuel the Democratic takeover of Congress.
And in 2004 we organized a neighborhood get-out-the-vote program that knocked on over 4.6 million doors in 10,000 swing-state precincts.
If we can finish this quarter with a bang, that will give us enough confidence to go forward with campaigns that we'd otherwise have to cut right now.
Thanks for all you do.
–Adam R., Elena, Victoria, Emily, and the rest of the team
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