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Let's beat the NPR-PBS 24. Are you in?
Let's Beat the NPR-PBS 24
The seats of 24 Republicans who voted to cut NPR and PBS are up for grabs this year. The MoveOn plan to win can help tip the balance in these key races. Can you sign up as a monthly contributor at $15 until the Election? Together we can win and protect public broadcastng.
Dear MoveOn member,
While the fight to stop cuts to public broadcasting goes on, this year we have a chance to change the balance in Congress on the issue. There are 24 Republican members of Congress who voted to cut NPR and PBS whose seats are considered up for grabs this year.
With your help, together we can retire enough of these representatives to tip the balance on this issue—and send a signal that cutting public broadcasting comes with a political price. To pull this off we need your help to fund MoveOn's plan to help win the election Can you sign up as a monthly contributor at $15 until the Election?
Who are these 24? They include six open seats where the anti-NPR incumbent is retiring. There are 2 seats where the incumbent skipped this critical vote. The other 16 include some of the most-watched Houses races like Rep. Charles Taylor (R-NC) and Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY).
Since January together we've already raised $6.7 million. To pull off a big win we need $7 million between now and Election Day. Even with the savings we have and the monthly contributors who signed up earlier this year we still need to raise $3.8 million dollars before Election Day or we can't pull off the big plan.
That is a big number but time and time again, MoveOn members come through big. There are more than 3 million of us and when each of us does just a little, it can make a big difference.
And this year is an opportunity that we can't let slip by. Winning looks even more possible now.
* The poll numbers for the Republicans have continued to decline—Democrats lead 51-40 in a recent AP-Ipsos poll.1
* Political analysts list 36 Republican House seats as competitive—that number doubled from 18 in January.2
* Bush's approval ratings are stuck in the mid-30s.3
Can you sign up to contribute monthly? We'll bill your credit card once a month and you can quit anytime.
Also some really good news has come in about our plan. New research shows that it has a big impact on the voters we reach.
We tested our online phone bank during the special election in California earlier this year. After the election a researcher from Yale University helped us examine the effect of our phone calls on voter mobilization in targeted districts.
The researcher found that MoveOn voter outreach had a bigger effect on voters than any other programs measured. Our theory is that the sincerity of hearing from a volunteer rather than a paid caller makes a big difference.
But all of our plans are counting on MoveOn members to come through. The 100 days to the election is a critical time. It is when the Republicans will try to make up the ground they've lost and Democrats could lose the gains they've made. Having the resources to win means we won't skip a beat. Can we count on you?
This year is our best opportunity yet to win. The final 100 days are going to be a sprint but together we really can make a difference.
Thanks for all you do.
–Tom, Nita, Justin, Natalie and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Monday, July 24th, 2006
2. The Cook Political Report. http://www.cookpolitical.com/races/house/chart.php
4. Roll Call no. 305. Obey Amendment to H.R. 3010. June 23, 2005.
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