Dear MoveOn member,
House Speaker John Boehner just took his next step toward a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against President Obama. His reason? President Obama has used his executive authority to get things done, while Congress has dithered.
In a recent membership vote, 88% of MoveOn members said that if John Boehner launched this wasteful lawsuit, then holding him accountable should be a top MoveOn priority.
So we're fighting back. Together, we can elevate the profile of this ridiculous lawsuit, expose it as partisan politics at its worst, and ensure that it reinforces the worst of the GOP brand, backfiring on Republicans in the November elections.
Will you sign our petition to demonstrate your opposition to this latest Republican outrage? We've set a goal of 100,000 signatures—and we'll be reporting the numbers to the media in real time.
The petition says: "Speaker Boehner and House Republicans: Stop wasting millions of our tax dollars on your partisan lawsuit against President Obama. Please move on to the real issues facing our country."
With elections approaching, this could be political suicide for Republicans. If we shine a huge spotlight on this insanity, it could drive down GOP popularity like the government shutdown last fall. New polling confirms that a large majority of Americans—including many Republicans—do not want the GOP wasting millions of our tax dollars on this political stunt.1
Yet today, the Republican-controlled House Rules Committee moved forward with legislation to authorize the lawsuit—laying the groundwork for a vote on the full House floor next week. Once that happens, Speaker Boehner will actually file suit.
And then he'll lose. Virtually every legal expert who's weighed in expects this lawsuit to be rejected on the merits.2 But John Boehner is filing it anyway, because he's afraid to stand up to his far-right Tea Party base. Impeachment may be next.
Will you sign the petition, so we can make sure House Speaker Boehner and Republicans know you've had enough?
We have to fight back and ensure the courts aren't the only place that Republicans lose. Once at least 100,000 people sign our petition, MoveOn members will deliver it to their Republican representatives in GOP-held House districts—and we'll invite members of the media too—so that Republicans' constituents know what they're up to. We'll generate national press coverage exposing Republicans for the partisan obstructionists that they are, and run ads that carry this message to swing voters. If we play our cards right, we can make this sham lawsuit backfire in a big way.
The first step is generating as many signatures as possible today—so we can deliver the petition to Republican representatives and generate media coverage before the House votes.
If this feels a bit like deja vu, it's because it's reminiscent of MoveOn's founding petition—against the Republican Congress that impeached Bill Clinton instead of attending to the pressing business facing the country in 1998. Once again, it's on the American people to stand up and fight back.
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Jo, Jessica, Nick, and the rest of the team
1. "Poll: Boehner lawsuit a 'political stunt,'" The Hill, July 14, 2014.
2. "Why experts see little hope for GOP plan to sue Obama over law's delay," Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2014.
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