Dear MoveOn member,This week, our billboard went up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana calling out Governor Bobby Jindal for refusing to expand health coverage to 242,000 of his own citizens.
Looks like we touched a nerve.
Today, the state's lieutenant governor is threatening a lawsuit to take the billboard down. It's a Republican intimidation strategy to stop word from getting out that GOP obstructionism is leaving millions of people without insurance. We can't let them stop us—let's hit back even harder.
Gov. Jindal is one of the 19 Republican governors who is denying health care to poor people in his state by refusing federal Obamacare funding.1 So we're taking the fight to them. We've got billboards up in five states already, with one more on the way, and they're generating headlines in national, state and local news.
Republicans want us to take down a billboard criticizing Jindal because it's a takeoff on the state's tourism slogan, "Pick Your Passion."2 This is a blatant attack on free speech. A state government isn't entitled to use trademark law to censor citizens who want to criticize the state for its heartless and stupid policies.
It's clear we're putting serious pressure on these governors to stop blocking the expansion of health care in their states.
Can you chip in $3 to ramp it up?
Thanks for all you do.
–Victoria, Anna, Maria, Alejandro, and the rest of the team
1. "Where the states stand on Medicaid expansion," The Daily Briefing, February 7, 2014
2. "Dardenne: Ad needs to MoveOn," The Advocate, March 5, 2014
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