Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Corporate takeover

The Democratic Party
automat --

They just couldn't help themselves.

Yesterday, 40 Republican senators blocked the passage of legislation that would counteract the growing influence of corporations in the wake of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

The DISCLOSE Act would have helped shed light on the hundreds of millions of dollars corporations and special interests plan to spend to influence our elections this fall -- and would have helped ordinary Americans to make their voices more clearly heard in campaigns across the country.

Republicans believe that killing the bill and strengthening corporate power gives them a tactical edge, allowing right-wing groups to raise more than ever to help their candidates win.

It's a stark reminder, both of what we're up against in November and the reason we all need to fight so hard to elect Democrats. Now more than ever, we need people like you on sidewalks and doorsteps, talking to your friends and neighbors about what meaningful reforms like these would mean in their lives -- and why it's so vital that they make their voices heard this fall.

Sign up now to volunteer for our Vote 2010 efforts and help fight the Republican special-interest agenda.

Despite the fact that 80 percent of Americans disagreed with the Citizens United decision -- which eliminated limits on corporate spending in political campaigns -- obstructionist Republicans have sided with the special interests yet again. But that doesn't mean we can't hold them accountable for it.

Republicans believe the support of the big corporations and the special interests is all they need, but we have a different approach. We're building a new Democratic Party -- one driven by the opinions and support of Americans around the country and focused on grassroots organizing.

That's something Republicans just don't have: supporters like you.

The obstruction of bills like DISCLOSE affects every voter in the country -- and we're all in this together. We need your help on the ground now, helping to make the case to friends and neighbors about the importance of their vote in November's elections. Please sign up to volunteer today:

http://my.democrats.org/DISCLOSEVolunteer

Thanks,

Jen

Jen O'Malley Dillon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee


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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Will you sign Barack's birthday card, automat?

automat --

Every year, our family tries to come up with a fun way to wish Barack a happy birthday.

And this August 4th, when he turns 49, I have something new in mind.

This has been a big -- and hectic -- year for him. After signing the Affordable Care Act and Wall Street reform into law -- and completing his first year as president -- I think it's safe to say we will remember it for a long time.

And I know full well how much he credits this movement, and the work of supporters like you, for the change that we've accomplished.

So I'm putting together a birthday card that I would like you to sign. Together with supporters -- and me, Malia, Sasha, and Bo -- we'll wish him a happy birthday and let him know that we're ready to take on the year ahead alongside him.

Will you wish Barack a happy birthday with me?

Wish Barack a happy birthday

This year also brought a lot of surprises -- some good and some bad.

Supporters like you have helped him make the best of it -- by contacting Congress to help push stalled legislation forward, by re-engaging supporters in the political process, by giving back with service projects across the country, and so much more.

And while we can't know what the coming year will bring, all of us, working together, will continue pushing forward for change.

Will you help make this a memorable birthday for Barack and wish him a happy 49th?

http://my.democrats.org/BirthdayCard

Thanks so much,

Michelle Obama




 

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Repeal everything?

The Democratic Party
automat --

If Republicans win back Congress this fall, their agenda is simple: They're vowing to repeal every major legislative milestone we've achieved.

Moments after the Senate voted to pass Wall Street reform, Rep. John Boehner -- the House Republican leader -- was already telling reporters that he thought it "ought to be repealed." And just after the president signed the bill into law, Rep. Mike Pence -- another member of the leadership -- did the same.

We've worked hard for the achievements this administration has won - and we're going to have to fight just as hard to protect them. Between now and Election Day, we must do two things: spread the facts about how these reforms are improving lives, and build the campaigns it will take to beat the Republicans who are pledging to undo everything we've worked so hard to achieve.

Can you donate $5 or more to help protect the progress we've made?

Defend reform.

It's all a little too familiar. No sooner had health insurance reform passed than Republicans began crying for it to be rolled back. And if Republicans gain a majority in Congress this fall, they will try -- as New Gingrich put it -- to "repeal virtually everything" passed by President Obama and Democrats in Congress. That's a step backward our country simply can't afford to take.

What's at stake are the strongest consumer financial protections ever enacted, protections that safeguard Americans from unfair fees and rate hikes, and a new watchdog agency whose sole job is to look out for the people -- not big banks. What's at stake is expanded health coverage for 32 million Americans, protection for those with pre-existing conditions, and the largest middle-class tax cut for health care in the history of our country.

Republicans are crying repeal again -- but we'll counter their threats with action. As part of our plan to win this fight, we're building a communications team to answer every Republican attack, explicitly pushing back on their campaigns' misstatements. We're putting organizers on the ground in every state, and hitting the GOP back with our own ads that clearly outline the benefits of reform in the day-to-day lives of Americans.

We need your help to defend reform. Please donate $5 or more today:

http://my.democrats.org/DefendReform

Thanks,

Jen

Jen O'Malley Dillon
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Change

automat --

When you and I set out on this journey three years ago, we knew that ours would be a lengthy struggle to build a new foundation for this country -- one that would require squaring off against the special interests who had spent decades stacking the deck in their favor.

Today, it is clear that you have shifted the odds.

This morning, I signed into law a bill that represents the most sweeping reforms of Wall Street since the Great Depression, and the toughest consumer financial protections this nation has ever seen. I know that I am able to do so only because the tens of thousands of volunteers who make up the backbone of this movement overcame the most potent attack ads and the most powerful lobbying the special interests could put forward.

Our special-interest opponents and their Republican allies have now set their sights on the elections in November as their best chance to overturn the historic progress we've made together.

We count entirely on supporters like you to fight back -- no special interests, no corporate PACs. To keep making change and to defend the change we have already won, we need you to contribute so we have the resources necessary going into the election.

Can you donate $5 today to help lay the groundwork for the fights ahead?

Because of Wall Street reform, we will ensure that Americans applying for a credit card, a mortgage, or a student loan will never again be asked to sign their name under pages of confusing fine print. We will crack down on abusive lending practices and make sure that lenders don't cheat the system -- and create a new watchdog to enforce these consumer protections.

And we will put an end to taxpayer-funded bailouts, giving us the ability to wind down any large financial institution if it should ever fail.

The passage of Wall Street reform is at the forefront of the change we seek, and it will provide a foundation for a stronger and safer economy.

It is a foundation built upon the progress of the Recovery Act, which has turned 22 months of job losses into six consecutive months of private-sector job growth. And it is a foundation reinforced by the historic health reform we passed this spring, which is already giving new benefits to more than 100 million Americans, ushering another 1 million Americans into coverage by next year.

But today's victory is not where our fight ends.

Together, we will move forward in the months ahead on the tough fights we have yet to finish -- even if cynics say we should wait until after the fall elections. This movement has never catered to the conventional wisdom of Washington. And we have fought to ensure that our progress is never held hostage by our politics.

You and I did not build this movement to win one election. We did not come together to pass one single piece of legislation. We are fighting for nothing less than a new foundation for our country -- and that work is not complete. As we face the challenges ahead, I am relying on you to stand with me.

Please donate $5 or more today:

https://my.democrats.org/WallStreetReformed


Thank you for helping us get here,

President Barack Obama




 

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Unemployment

The Democratic Party
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We're about to see benefits for the jobless expire in a period of high unemployment -- for the first time in 50 years. And Republicans are the only ones to blame.

It isn't just wrong -- it's wrong-headed.

Conservatives in the Senate have been at this for weeks -- abusing the rules to block Democrats from passing legislation. Their filibuster means millions of people lose their unemployment checks, and the entire economy suffers because of it.

All the polling suggests that the American people overwhelmingly support extending benefits and doing it now. But the conservatives aren't getting the message. So I've written a letter that calls for them to stop their obstruction and let the Senate vote on benefits for the jobless -- will you sign with me?

If thousands of us stand together and issue the same call, we'll focus attention on this issue -- in D.C. and across the country. Reporters will take notice, and more voters will rightly point to the GOP as the cause for this nightmare. In other words, we'll send a message that can't be ignored.

And movement on these benefits can't come a moment too soon. Almost half of our jobless have been out of work for more than 26 weeks -- that's the highest level we've seen for long-term unemployment since the Great Depression. And because of the Republicans, about 33 people lose their benefits every minute.

Just about every expert will tell you the same thing: Unemployment benefits help the entire economy. In order to collect benefits, you have to demonstrate that you have been looking for work. While you look, they keep bills paid, put fuel in the car, and ensure that families don't suffer when there aren't enough jobs to go around -- things that keep the economy from shrinking even more. And at a time when there are five unemployed workers for every job opening, that's something we just can't afford.

So let's all stand together to send a very loud and pointed message to Republicans. Sign this open letter and help us create the kind of national outcry it will take to shame the GOP into letting us vote on unemployment benefits:

http://my.democrats.org/unemployment

Thank you,

Donna

Donna Brazile
Vice Chair for Voter Registration and Participation
Democratic National Committee


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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Five things to know about Carly Fiorina

The Democratic Party
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Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina has argued her corporate background shows she has the experience to make important decisions for California -- even though she was fired when she failed to deliver as CEO for Hewlett-Packard. Given the state's tattered economy and 12.5-percent unemployment rate, Californians simply can't afford a far-right candidate with a record of sending jobs overseas.

We've put together five facts to demonstrate that point -- and it's important that every Californian sees them before making their decision this November.

Five facts about Carly Fiorina:

1) Named as one of Conde Nast Portfolio's "20 Worst American CEOs of All Time," she laid off more than 30,000 workers, shipped jobs to China, and was responsible for a 52-percent drop in HP's stock price. . Share on Facebook.

2) Endorsed by Sarah Palin, Fiorina is against a woman's right to choose, wants to repeal health care reform, and supports the extremist Arizona immigration law. . Share on Facebook.

3) She defended HP's practice of shipping jobs offshore by calling it "right-shoring," and said in a 2004 speech that "there is no job that is America's God-given right anymore." . Share on Facebook.

4) She denies that climate change is a serious national issue, referring to it mockingly as "the weather." . Share on Facebook.

5) She expects Californians to turn out for her on Election Day, but she hasn't turned out herself: Since 2000, she only voted in just eight out of 23 elections -- skipping the 2000 and 2004 Presidential primaries. . Share on Facebook.

We need your help getting the word out. Will you share these facts about Carly Fiorina with five friends?

http://my.democrats.org/FiorinaFacts

Carly Fiorina has been spending millions of her own money to try and obscure her record. By spreading these facts far and wide, you can help make sure Californians know the truth.

Thanks,

Brad

Brad Woodhouse
Communications Director
Democratic National Committee


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Monday, July 12, 2010

BP Republicans

The Democratic Party
automat --

For weeks, Republicans have been tripping over each other as they rush to defend BP. They've apologized to the oil giant, accused the President of a shakedown, and called for deregulation of the oil and gas industry. It's as if they've forgotten that they have a responsibility to the people of the Gulf who've seen their lives and livelihoods upended by this tragedy.

We've put together a site to help get the story out and show in a very pointed way exactly how Republicans are standing with BP. Will you check it out and share it with five friends?

Check it out


While the site we've created is a parody, this isn't a laughing matter. We need to make sure voters know who was standing with BP throughout this crisis, and we need your help to do it. We've built the site to make it easy to share with friends, email to family, or post to Facebook and Twitter.

We want folks to know this wasn't just a gaffe or slip of the tongue -- this is how the Republicans would govern. Rep. Joe Barton apologized to BP and called the victim relief fund a "tragedy." Rep. Steve King agreed, and went on talk radio to say "I think Joe Barton was spot on." Rep. Michelle Bachman said that BP shouldn't agree to be "fleeced." Rand Paul -- the GOP nominee for Senate in Kentucky -- said that President Obama's efforts to hold BP accountable were "un-American." And Sharron Angle -- the Republican Senate nominee in Nevada -- even said her solution to the energy crisis was to "deregulate" big oil.

You might think that a company responsible for the worst environmental disaster in American history wouldn't have many friends in Washington. But for BP, that's just not the case.

We need to make sure that the American people know which side the GOP is on. Will you check out our new site and share it with five others?

http://www.bprepublicans.com/

Thanks,

Brad

Brad Woodhouse
Communications Director
Democratic National Committee

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

This Fourth of July

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The Fourth of July is especially dear to my family. For us, it is not just our nation's birthday. It is the day Michelle and I became parents 12 years ago. And I can't wait to watch the fireworks with Malia on her birthday tonight, as we do every year.

As we celebrate the profound pride of being American, today is a time to honor the women and men in our armed forces, whose immeasurable bravery and sacrifice have made our country what it is today.

That sacrifice is shared with husbands and wives, with sons and daughters, with fathers and mothers, who are asked to wait at home as their loved ones protect our nation. Their heroism, too, has helped pave the path of our freedom.

Even before we moved into the White House, Michelle was a champion for those military families. She has witnessed their struggles, and she has made it her personal mission to fight for them. On this Fourth of July, she recorded a personal message, commemorating our nation's birthday and paying tribute to these families.

Watch Michelle's message.

Please take a minute to watch Michelle's video -- and join us as we honor our military families here and abroad:

http://my.democrats.org/July4th

From all of us, happy Independence Day.

Thank you, and may God bless America.

President Barack Obama

July 4th, 2010




 

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Elena Kagan

The Democratic Party
automat --

Have you been watching the hearings? The nomination of a Supreme Court justice is a special time in Washington, DC. The air tastes different -- it buzzes with an electricity even the humidity can't conquer -- and even more so this time.

Elena Kagan's nomination is special. It took us almost 200 years as a country to get the first woman on the Supreme Court, but now we're on a roll! If Elena Kagan is confirmed, for the first time, we'll have three women serving together. We're still a far cry from parity, but we cannot allow the perfect to become the enemy of the good. We're making progress, and Elena Kagan is great progress.

Over the past three days of hearings, she has conducted herself with poise, grace, rigor, and humor. She has won praise from liberals and conservatives -- prior to her nomination and since. It's no easy feat to become the first female dean of Harvard Law School and the first female to serve as solicitor general. Her illustrious resume also includes periods as associate White House counsel and deputy policy director under President Bill Clinton, as a teacher at the University of Chicago Law School, and as a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Lend your name to help us show that the American people back Elena Kagan's nomination.

Let there be no doubt: She earned this nomination. It's not simply because she's a woman, or because she's among the best legal minds this country has to offer. I know firsthand the strength of Elena's character and am certain she is the best choice.

The Supreme Court nomination process, like almost any political contest, is like a food fight where the nominee does his or her best to stay clean and dry while everyone else in the room slings Sloppy Joes. I've watched this before (recently) and there's nothing the Republicans won't do to take down a nominee chosen by a president they've vowed to obstruct at all costs.

Republicans are attacking her credibility, her credentials, and her character. They've become particularly focused on her work as a clerk for Justice Marshall, seemingly maligning his long and respected service to our country. As chief counsel to the NAACP, Justice Marshall argued the case of Brown v Board of Education. Later he would become the first African American to serve as solicitor general and the first African American to serve as a justice of the Supreme Court. We would be better off with more justices like Marshall, and Kagan's work for him should be a feather in her cap, not a thorn in her side right now.

The other side is grabbing at straws, with nothing to support their groundless accusations, but it doesn't stop the attacks. The Democratic Party is pushing back to ensure that this incredible woman gets a fair hearing, but we must also show that public support for Kagan is overwhelming.

Sign now:

http://my.democrats.org/ElenaKagan

Thank you,

Donna

Donna Brazile
DNC Vice Chair for Voter Registration and Participation
Democratic National Committee


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