Dear MoveOn member,
This is Robert Fox, MoveOn's Chief Operations Officer. As "the numbers guy," I write to MoveOn members very rarely. But I'm writing to you today because Friday evening Congress released its final version of the Republican tax scam—one of the worst bills ever considered by Congress. This fight is now entering its final stretch.
This bill truly is a scam. It is the biggest tax increase in American history.1 It cuts taxes for the super rich and corporations, while socking the rest of us.2 And it's expected to result in 13 million Americans losing their health care.3 That's why, as Senator Ron Wyden said, this bill is "the ultimate betrayal of the middle class."4
Never in my entire career has Congress so explicitly raised taxes on the middle class to cut them on millionaires and billionaires. It's absolutely despicable. But we still have a chance to stop this. Right now, as we enter the final stretch, we still don't know if the GOP has enough votes to pass this bill.
Thanks to strong support from MoveOn members this year, we've been able to successfully block the GOP from dismantling our health care—even though they tried several times. Now, in addition to fighting the GOP tax scam, we're also campaigning to win a clean Dream Act by Christmas, stop the Muslim ban, and expose Donald Trump's corrupt ties to Russia. And we're gearing up to win back the House and Senate in 2018.
It's a lot to do all at once. And we still have major financial commitments to make for our last-chance efforts to stop this despicable bill. Which is why I'm asking you:
I've been in progressive politics for a long time, and this is by far one of the worst bills considered by Congress during that entire time. I'm determined to stop it, and I'll do whatever it takes to make that happen (including writing you emails over the weekend asking for money, so that I can approve more urgent campaign expenses).
I know firsthand just how much you and our other members have invested in this movement already. I wouldn't ask you again if it weren't so important. With your support, we will take our very best shot at stopping this GOP tax bill, continue to protect our health care, and work on all of our other priorities at the same time.
We still need to make major financial commitments to defeat the GOP's tax scam over the coming days. That's why I'm asking you now—and why I need to know by Monday night: Can we count on you to pitch in $3 and help us stop this terrible tax reform and health care bill from passing?
Here's what we have planned to stop the GOP tax giveaway:
We're melting the phone lines in Washington, D.C., just like we did to defeat Trumpcare, using our innovative tools and targeting to drive constituent calls to key members of Congress. We have also mobilized a volunteer team to text tens of thousands of voters across the country and urge them to call key members of Congress. MoveOn members have made more than 75,000 calls to Congress on taxes already.
We're running in-person events this weekend and into next week. We're recruiting MoveOn members to host and attend rallies and actions around the country this weekend and working with allies to coordinate constituent drop-bys at offices in key states and congressional districts on Monday. We'll also continue to have a presence with rallies and actions in Washington, D.C.
We're making and targeting more hard-hitting videos. Our videos on taxes have already been seen 10 million times, and we've strategically invested to boost these videos in key markets. We're finalizing videos focusing on Senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake that we'll run on social media in Maine, Arizona, and Washington, D.C. And we're continuing to push videos that specifically target the two dozen House Republicans who could still flip and reject this bill.
We're running more Facebook ads. Facebook ads help us show videos to constituents in key states and districts for only one tenth of a cent per view. So your donation will go a long way! And our videos also ask folks to call, which helps to flood congressional phone lines. Facebook ads also help us recruit folks to last-minute events—growing crowds and getting news coverage.
And we're gearing up to boot vulnerable Republicans who voted to raise taxes on their own middle-class constituents out of office. Many Republicans, representing areas carried by Hillary Clinton, already voted for this bill in some form. And no matter what ultimately happens, they must be held accountable. We'll make sure that their voters know that when they go to the polls on Election Day in 2018.
This is a massive undertaking. We know that the wealthiest and greediest of Trump's cronies are willing to spend whatever it takes to pass this bill and get their tax cuts. It's on us to ensure—once again—that people power prevails.
Thanks so much for all you do.
1. "The GOP Plan Is the Biggest Tax Increase in American History, By Far," The Intercept, December 1, 2017
2. "The Biggest Tax Scam in History," The New York Times, November 27, 2017
3. "The final GOP tax bill is complete. Here's what is in it," The Washington Post, December 15, 2017
4. "Republicans' Tax Bill Nears the Finish Line," The New York Times, December 13, 2017
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