Dear MoveOn member,
The government shutdown is terrible for America—but it's turning into a flat-out catastrophe for tea party Republicans.
Polls show the public knows exactly who's to blame in Washington, and the disapproval ratings for the tea party have reached an all-time high.1
This government shutdown really could spell the end of the tea party. But it's up to us to make sure Republicans pay such a steep political price that they never try this kind of hostage-taking again.
MoveOn members have already been organizing protests at Republican offices around the country, and we've launched our biggest advertising campaign since the 2012 election. But this could go on for days or even weeks, so to see this fight all the way through, we're aiming to raise $200,000. Can you chip in $3?
Since the government shut down on Monday night, MoveOn members have been making phone calls, organizing petitions, and showing up at the offices of Republican members of Congress. Today, we bought 100% of the ad space on the homepage of The Washington Post to make sure that members of Congress can't miss us.
The strategy is to make sure voters know who's to blame for this mess. And it's working.
But if this goes on for another couple weeks—which a lot of people are predicting—then we're going to need to keep pushing. Here's what we have planned next:
- TV ads demanding that Speaker John Boehner stop blocking legislation passed by the Senate—and supported by a majority of the House of Representatives.
- Continued online ads aimed at swing voters in the closest districts.
- Rallies and "thank you" events to make sure Democrats continue to stand strong against Republican hostage-taking.
But we need to keep the pressure on for as long as it takes—and that could be days, or even weeks. And since MoveOn is 100% funded by you, our members, we're counting on you to make sure we have the resources to win.
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Matt P., Alejandro, Mariana, and the rest of the team
1. "Poll: GOP blamed more than Dems," Politico, October 3, 2013
"Congress, tea party hit all-time low in CNN polling," CNN, October 1, 2013
Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 8 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.
This email was sent to eddie alfaro on October 5, 2013. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.