Thanks to my friend, Kelleigh, for this email alert from Tennessee conservative, JB Williams. He passed along this little item as a heads-up that the Ultra-left is fundraising to support their astroturf. In my opinion, they’re trying to re-energize their base for Obama’s 2012 campaign. ~LTG
Dear MoveOn member,
Remember in 2009, when the Tea party flooded congressional town halls and whipped themselves into a frenzy over health care?
Cable news played the clips over and over, and it nearly doomed health care reform. Right now, doing what the Tea party did two years ago is our best way to stop Washington‘s rush toward another round of devastating cuts. And I have to level with you, big cuts are quite likely at this point, unless we do something big. Really big.
House Republicans just voted to eliminate Medicare for people born after 1957—in order to pay for more tax cuts for corporations and millionaires.1 But Congress will be on recess in May and we have big plans to make it clear that there will be consequences for voting to destroy Medicare. MoveOn members are already going to town halls this week, and it’s working, as the front page New York Times article shows.
We need to keep the pressure on, and go really huge in May. We’re going to track down every single Republican town hall, get lots of progressives there and make sure they’re being asked tough questions. We’re going to film them and push the videos out to the media. But we can’t do it without your help.
Can you chip in $5 to help make sure our volunteers on the ground have the resources they need for the phone banks, signs, and cameras?
It’s not going to be easy. Representatives have started hiding their events, or switching them up at the last minute to keep people critical of them away.
Just this week, Rep. Paul Ryan—the author of the plan to destroy Medicare—changed the location of the town hall that the New York Times wrote about at the last minute, hoping to avoid headlines of him getting booed. But dedicated MoveOn members in Wisconsin were all over it, and started planning for the new location as soon as it was changed. The crowd that gathered was hundreds over capacity and none too happy with Rep. Paul Ryan.3
We’re going to need to replicate that kind of focus in districts across the country in May, to keep getting headlines like we did today, but we can’t do that without your support.
On Monday I was on MSNBC talking proudly about how tens of thousands of MoveOn members—not big corporations—fund our grassroots campaigns to make sure politicians like Rep. Paul Ryan are held accountable for their votes. But we’re not going to be able to pressure the Republicans back home, unless we have the resources to fund it.
Volunteers in every district are going to need signs, phone banks, and other materials, plus videographers and folks to edit the videos overnight and get them out to media. Can you chip in $5 right now?
Thanks for all you do.
-Justin, Stephen, Anna, Tim, and the rest of the team
1. “House G.O.P. Members Face Voter Anger Over Budget,” The New York Times, April 26, 2011
2. “House Passes Paul Ryan Budget Proposal in Partisan Vote,” ABC News, April 15, 2011
3. “Angry crowd at town-hall meeting could be the norm for Dan Webster,” Orlando Sentinel, April 26, 2011