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Buying Democracy Report Release


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October 12, 2010                              

MoveOn Members Expose Corporate Front-Group Ads, Spending in Washington State Elections

New report details corporate front group spending for Rossi in WA

On Tuesday, October 12, MoveOn members will hold a press conference to release a new report detailing the amount of money right-wing corporate front groups are spending in Washington elections in support of Dino Rossi.

The report shows expenditures made by organizations that exist to do the bidding of the corporations that fund them.  Since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allows unlimited secret corporate spending in politics, front groups funded by Big Oil, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and others, have been spending tens of millions of dollars in support of Republican candidates. By using front-groups, corporations can hide their electoral spending.

Just last week, two of the biggest-spending corporate front groups, the Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads GPS, came under fire. It was reported that some of the $75 million the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is spending this election cycle came from foreign corporations, while the IRS was asked to investigate the legality of the spending of Karl Rove’s group, Crossroads GPS, which already spent $18 million this election cycle.

“Washington voters have a right to know who is spending all this money in support of Rossi, and why,” said Jeff Graham, a local MoveOn member.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars are pouring into our state from deceptive front groups set up to hide giant contributions from foreign corporations, Big Oil, financial institutions and other corporate interests. The effects on our democracy are devastating. It’s impossible for ordinary voters here to make informed choices or have our voices heard, and with corporate CEOs and lobbyists shelling out big money to buy misleading ads in support of Rossi, he’s going to owe them. Who’s going to represent ordinary families in Washington then?

WHAT:          Report release on corporate front-group spending 

WHO:             MoveOn members

WHERE:       Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 1301 5th Ave

WHEN:          Noon, Tuesday, October 12th, 2010


***VISUALS: Signs/crowd ****


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Get Famous and Do Some Other Good Stuff

Seattle Council, MoveOn has turned Washington State into a priority campaign. That means leave the laundry unfolded and the dirty dishes in the sink and get out there to Patty Murray’s campaign office where you are desperately needed. Paper plates ’till Nov 3!


In other news: Yes on 1-1098 (income tax for the rich) is canvassing tomorrow with a 60 Minutes crew in tow–no kidding. Don’t forget this is a VALUES debate–do we want health care and education to be adequately funded in Washington State, or do we do all sorts of handwringing about the opposition’s “slippery slope” arguments (“vote for this and soon you’ll be turning your first born child over to the state!–give them an inch…”) I don’t make anywhere near the target income, but please, someone, come and tax me so our state can do what it is supposed to do–the bidding of the voters. Tax! Please! Go and be famous. Details here:


Then spend the rest of the month working on Patty Murray’s campaign, please. Really. Oh yes, and Tuesday at noon we’ll be hosting a press conference to release data documenting the INSANE amounts of money coming into this election. It comes from corporations, via right wing organizations, for the purpose of purchasing a politician, in this case Rossi. Giant corporations are handing over buckets of cash to get their pet candidate into office. Rossi will be expected to do the bidding of his corporate sponsors, legislating so more wealth and power get funneled toward the already fabulously wealthy. He’ll be more than happy to do this as he has nothing but contempt for regular people anyways. Come by 5th and University Tuesday the 12th at noon to participate in delivering our damning report to the press.
Sandra VanderVen
Seattle MoveOn Council Coordinator