The latest message from my hero, RALPH NADER!
These matter when you put on your shoes.
But here – in the age of the oligarchs – their usefulness as distinguishing political ideology is diminishing.
It’s clear to me that a convergence of liberal-progressives with conservative-libertarians centering on the autocratic, corporate-dominated nature of our government may be growing.
Because the corporatists, in far too many areas of our lives, have taken over. Many know this. Still more feel it, even if they have not learned to name it.
This has provided us with a window of opportunity to mobilize a broad swath of the American people to fight corporate power.
That’s what our campaign was about from day one. That’s why I’m writing you today.
Contribute to Public Citizen – a powerful group I founded almost 40 years ago to stand up to corporate power – so they can seize this moment to lead the American people in an all-out fight to challenge corporate abuse and greed.
Contribute before September 21, and a long-time supporter will match your contribution dollar-for-dollar up to $300,000, doubling the impact of your gift.
The moment is ripe for change.
The pundits focus on surface divisions, without seeing the deeper, shared anger at the corporations that pick our pockets and plunder our planet.
Authoritative polls show that a sizable majority of Americans believe corporations have too much control over their lives, that both major parties are failing and that America is going in the wrong direction.
Public Citizen is fighting to break corporations’ control over our lives.
Public Citizen is leading a campaign to undo the Supreme Court’s absurd ruling that the First Amendment permits corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections. This single act of judicial debauchery could well lead to government of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations.
With your support, Public Citizen will not let that happen.
Public Citizen’s plate is overflowing with critical campaigns that need and deserve your support.
They were instrumental in creating the new Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection that was part of the recent Wall Street reform legislation. Now they’re helping lead the charge to nominate Elizabeth Warren – the person most qualified for the job – to head the bureau.
They’re also campaigning to expand the drive to reform Wall Street. Too many banks are still “too-big-to-fail.” Wall Street executives and traders continue to risk our collective economic security for their personal short-term gain, and speculative financial transactions remain free of even a modest tax.
Public Citizen mobilized thousands and thousands of our fellow citizens to boycott BP in the wake of the worst oil disaster in our nation’s history. Now Public Citizen is spearheading critical efforts to ensure that the compensation fund for victims of the disaster is structured and administered fairly, and to prevent legal maneuvers by BP and its cohorts to stall or escape paying for the damage.
Daily injustices – credit-card ripoffs, unsafe drugs and contaminated food – affect people everywhere. And, the lasting resentment toward the antidemocratic North American Free Trade Agreement, the World Trade Organization and unpatriotic U.S. corporations that hollow out communities as they shift industries to China and other repressive regimes is causing Americans – progressives and conservatives alike – to question the swarm of corporate welfare subsidies, tax havens, handouts, giveaways and bailouts that benefit corporations at our expense.
Public Citizen is working – and making progress happen – on all of these fronts, and more.
Once the slowly awakening giant of American reform – this majority of Americans who are opposed to corporate rule – shucks off the corporatists who divide, distort and deny many common identities, a dynamic civic force for freedom, fairness and prosperity will define and advance its own political and electoral agendas.
Public Citizen’s stalwart advocates will be at the forefront of this dynamic civic force. I urge you to support them today.
Remember, together we make the difference.
P.S. It’s always nice to know that any contribution you make will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Please give what you can today. Thank you.
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