Dear MoveOn Member,
Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell want you to believe that passage of the Republican tax scam is inevitable and that there's no point in fighting it.
Don't let them fool you. The bill is deeply, deeply unpopular.
In the latest poll, only 29% of people say that they support the bill, with more and more middle-class Americans realizing that this bill isn't a tax cut for them at all, but a tax increase.1 The bill is also a complete mess, full of drafting errors and contradictions that Republicans can't explain.2
But the GOP's biggest problem is accused child molester and right-wing extremist Roy Moore, who's running for Senate in Alabama. If Moore loses his race in Alabama three days from now, then we're one vote away from killing the bill entirely in the Senate. And at least two Republican senators—including Sens. Susan Collins and Jeff Flake—are on the fence.3
That's why the GOP is scrambling to ram this thing through, and why the Republican National Committee has—shockingly—started funding Moore's campaign again ... all to get another "yes" vote in the Senate.
MoveOn members are going all-out to kill this bill. It's an uphill battle—but together we can do it. We have $225,000 in last-minute campaign expenses, and still need to raise $107,000 by Monday.
Here's our strategic game plan for stopping the Republican tax scam:
Make sure that Roy Moore loses in Alabama. If he does, there’s a good chance that it will send Republicans reeling and make them lose momentum. And remember, if Moore loses, we need to flip only one more on-the-fence vote in the Senate, and the bill is dead.
Pressure House Republicans in blue states. States like California, New York, and New Jersey will get hit particularly hard by the bill—and many of the most vulnerable House Republicans are in these states. That means that there is a path to defeating this bill: by flipping enough swing Republicans who are worried about losing their jobs.
Keep the pressure on key Senate Republicans. Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, and others voiced concerns before voting for the Senate bill. It's likely that their concerns will not be addressed by the final bill, so we're keeping pressure on them.
Popularize how toxic this bill is. This bill is the most unpopular since Trumpcare—and look what happened to that. As more Americans are revolted by the contents of the bill and the corrupt process that's pushing it through, more savvy Republicans may back away from this increasingly toxic plan.
Don't let McConnell and Ryan convince you that we can't win. We can win; and if we do all that we can do—together—we will win.
Thanks for all you do.
–Justin, Sunjeev, Karine, Milan, and the rest of the team
P.S. If we can hit our $225,000 goal by Monday, we will be able to:
- Continue to support Doug Jones in Alabama. MoveOn members in Alabama are working their tails off to support Jones—giving money, time, and running innovative get-out-the-vote video ads and SMS outreach as well.
- Make tens of thousands of calls to key members of Congress. As our data analyst Amy White says, "Using some data and a whole lot of math, we identify progressive-leaning voters in key districts with members of Congress who most need to hear from their constituents. Then, we make huge numbers of calls to alert those voters to what's happening and encourage them to get involved!" These calls cost money, but they're highly effective. And we need to scale them up.
- Organize constituents to drop by congressional offices and join rallies. We'll keep rallying in districts and Washington, D.C., for as long as it takes, until the final vote is cast.
- Run ads on social media hammering vulnerable Republicans for hiking middle-class taxes to fund a corporate payday.
- Solicit and promote personal stories showing just how much Republicans will hurt their constituents with this tax bill—especially in the key swing districts where Republican members of Congress are already feeling vulnerable in next year's elections.
- Produce breakthrough videos—like a new series with Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream co-founder Ben Cohen—to publicize the real costs and stakes of this fight.
Are you in?
1. "Quinnipiac: Only 29% of Americans approve of GOP tax plan," CNN, December 5, 2017
2. "'Holy crap': Experts find tax plan riddled with glitches," Politico, December 6, 2017
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