PFAW wants your money, to help them “unseat enough Republican state senators in Wisconsin
to flip control of the Senate away from the extremists in the Wisconsin GOP.” PFAW claims to
have “a robust and cost-effective plan” to do this.
That plan is to get out the vote.
Now, here’s what I suggest: Instead of sending PFAW any money, use it to (A) print up a batch of articles on what those “extremists in the Wisconsin GOP” have done to the voting system there, and also any pertinent articles on electronic voting and vote-counting, and (B) send those articles to PFAW in a big envelope. You can find such articles at BradBlog, Election Defense Alliance and, of course, here.
Don’t just email all that stuff, because they’ll think it’s spam, and toss it out unread. Mail it, or FedEx it, as such a package might just possibly induce them to begin to think about the likelihood that “getting out the vote” may not quite do it, and that other measures might be necessary, too, if they’re really serious about unseating those extremists. (Unless they think extremists wouldn’t ever steal elections, in which case they’re just too damn dumb to bother with.)
PFAW could, for instance, subsidize a proper exit-polling operation in Wisconsin—not one whose managers “adjust” the numbers so they’ll match the official outcome, but one that will provide hard evidence of fraud (i.e., the kind of evidence they use in other countries, where elections seem to matter).
PFAW could also tell the people what they might expect by way of interference when they try to vote, and what to do about it; and they could also put up the money for a comprehensive video-the-vote program, so there will be a record of vote suppression and machine “glitches.”
And, most important—to look beyond this particular election—they could also start to talk about the need for radical reform of our preposterous voting system, which is largely owned and managed by Republicans, and which no real democracy would ever tolerate (no matter which party may happen to control it).
In order to do that, though, PFAW must first perceive what’s happening; and the only way to get them to do that, no doubt, will be to tell them they won’t get another dime unless/until they wake up to the current situation, in which simply “getting out the vote” is a colossal waste of time and money.
I’m delighted to let you know that People For the American Way has a robust and cost-effective plan to unseat enough Republican state senators in Wisconsin to flip control of the Senate away from the extremists in the Wisconsin GOP … AND to put the fear of an energized electorate into governors and legislators across the country who may be thinking about joining the Far Right’s attacks on the middle class.
But I need your help to get all the pieces in motion — so please make an urgent contribution today to our Wisconsin Recall the Right campaign.
In addition to our continued efforts to mobilize and turn out the progressive vote in the recall Senate districts, we’re launching a rigorous independent expenditure campaign on July 26, two weeks out from the general election, to contact all of the voters we most need to persuade. It will include hundreds of thousands of “touches” via:
- Television ads making the case against Republican incumbents;
- Several rounds of direct mail;
- Two phone calls book-ending the receipt of each piece of mail; and
- Targeted internet advertising.
Your generosity and activism have already put us in a great position to lead this fight and make a difference the whole country will feel. Now, I’m calling on you to help us execute our campaign and complete the path to victory with a much-needed special donation for our Wisconsin Recall the Right campaign.
$175,000 rolls out our plan in three key districts (the number of seats we need to flip control of the Senate). $290,000 allows us to expand to five.
We are looking to raise well beyond the minimum … every dollar we raise over $175K allows us to make a real difference in more districts and better defend the Democrats under recall attack from the Right.
Already, the GOP and corporate front groups are using every sneaky tactic they can to corrupt the recall election process — and with opposition so well funded and so willing to play dirty, we have to be willing to work extra hard.
WITH YOUR HELP, we’ll WIN in Wisconsin in August, and then move our operations to Ohio, where we’ll work with allies on the ground to overturn by ballot referendum the far-right attack on workers in that state, SB 5. From Ohio, we hope to go back to Wisconsin in early 2012 to help the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker. And from there, it’s on to November 2012! By which time we hope to have racked up many successes and taken the steam out of the Republicans’ war on working Americans and the middle class.
There it is… it looks simple in writing, but it’s going to take a tremendous amount of work, and resources. Will you help fund the campaign?
- $28.75 pays for 500 phone calls to important Wisconsin voters
- $62.11 covers the airing of one TV spot
- $718.75 pays for two phone calls per flight of mail
- $1,000 covers the cost of 1,535 pieces of mail
- And a gift of $2,875 pays for 50,000 phone calls
We need your participation at any level, so please give today as generously as you can.
We need to get our materials and TV ads in production ASAP, so please don’t wait to make a generous gift today to help us meet our budget goals and Recall the Right.
Thank you for all of your support for People For the American Way and for this critical campaign in Wisconsin. Please help spread the word and get others on board. And be sure to stay tuned for regular updates and more information.
Michael Keegan, President
If you’ve already given to this campaign, THANK YOU for your investment. You won’t be disappointed in our plan or, hopefully, our results. Please consider a follow-up gift today.