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For over a year a single Senate seat has served as the sole check on the ambitions of this administration to plunder the national treasury on behalf of its friends. The administration has tried to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling by its allies in the oil industry. It has supported high oil prices by increasing federal purchases of oil and threatening a multi-billion dollar war in the Middle East. And it winked as its oil and gas buddies manipulated the West Coast energy market, creating a fictional shortage that permitted energy companies to quintuple their profits while energy-starved businesses in that region faced economic ruin.
Worse, it has set a terrible example for corporate accountability by the actions of its own top officials. Bush took corporate loans he now would ban. Cheney profited from insider sales that make Martha Stewart's look like window dressing. And they all looked the other way as friends in high corporate office pillaged their companies of billions of dollars and then left shareholders and employees high and dry. It is clearer than ever that "compassionate conservatism" has proven to be no more than crony capitalism at its worst.
As confidence in the integrity of our top officials has eroded, the recession has deepened, and we're starting to get irritable. We deserve better government than we're getting, and we're tired of being played for patsies. It's time for a change.
We've got some candidates for the U.S Congress to recommend to you that might play ball as if we're all on the same team. You can see our picks at:
You may notice that we're adding more candidates from the House of Representatives this time. Until now, we've been operating on the assumption that our top priority was to maintain the Senate as our main bulwark against administration chicanery. However, recent polls suggest that we may also have a chance to oust the old Gingrich gang from control of the House. Thanks to redistricting, the vast majority of House seats are safe for incumbents (the same finagling is not possible in the Senate, as legislators are not allowed to monkey with State boundaries). However, enough seats are now in play that there is a chance to replace the leadership of the House.
In 2000, we raised over $2 million to fight back the conserva- tive wave. This year it's tougher -- our people don't have as much money in their pockets and the Bush steamroller has seemed unstoppable. We're not even halfway to that number yet. But you can fight back, at:
In fact, I'd really like you to take a larger step. Each month we feature a small group of candidates that we have endorsed. But if you're able to reach a little deeper, take a look at the full list at:
We've endorsed three incumbent Senators and eight chal- lengers. On the House side, we've now endorsed three incumbents and two challengers. That's only sixteen endorsements out of more than 460 races, but these are critical races. As always, 100% of your contributions to these candidates will go directly to the races you designate. (If you give money directly to the PAC, we will use it to pay the engineers who work on the Web site and to expand our list of supporters.)
Your contribution, whatever the size, really will make a difference. In the last election cycle, everyday people giving modest amounts through the MoveOn.org PAC helped elect more than a dozen great candidates to Congress. It's clear that we need a people-friendly Congress to shield us from the excesses of the Bush Administration, now more than ever.
And tomorrow is the candidates' FEC reporting deadline, so do it today and give them a real boost!
Doug Carlston Director MoveOn PAC
P.S. Why not share this email with your concerned friends? This is a great way for them to have an impact too. They can contribute through the links in this letter, or if they want to get on our list, sign up as MoveOn PAC members by clicking on:
All their candidates are Democrats. Did you know that there are more Democratic millionaires in congress than Republican? This is bullshit. There is not a dimes worth of difference between the two major parties. The government needs to have less power. Period, end of story.
If you continue to do what has always been done (vote for one of the duopoly of parties which controls this country) you will continue to get the same results that you always have. We must abandon the silly notion that the answer to bad government is more government.
"Under The Republicans, man exploits man. Under the Democrats it is the exact opposite." -- Hubert Jongen (?)
I agree with you on principle - both parties are worthless. The point of my post above is that we need to prevent either of the two parties from gaining control of both wings in congress and the executive branch. I guess the way I look at it, until a viable third alternative pops up, I'd rather have the gov't deadlocked in a partisan morass. Inaction is preferable to action; or to put it another way: Leave well enough alone.
-------------------- "Those that would sacrifice essential liberties for some temporary safety deserve neither."
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