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April 2001

Constituent Emails Flood Congress in Support of McCain-Feingold Bill; 15,000 Messages Delivered In One Day

San Francisco, CA - MoveOn.org delivered more than 15,000 email messages from constituents to Congress in support of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill in one day. The group launched the effort on Monday, March 19th, asking its members to sign and pass along a petition which says: "We believe Congress must immediately enact the McCain-Feingold bill banning Soft Money."

In the last election, more than $450 million was raised and spent in unregulated, unlimited political contributions known as Soft Money.

"Americans are demanding reform," said MoveOn.org founder Wes Boyd. "With charges of corruption coming from every side, ordinary citizens are losing faith in the integrity of our democratic system."

Last fall, MoveOn.org's members chose campaign finance reform as their top priority "great goal" for the country, in an online forum conducted at the group's website. 97% of respondents agreed that "We need equitable and common sense Campaign Finance Reform. To give the voice of America back to her people, we need campaign finance reforms to eliminate corporate welfare and give the voice back to the people, not special interests and lobbyists." This goal was proposed by Marlene Jones of Richmond, Kentucky.

Ironically, a Kentucky Senator, Mitch McConnell, recently claimed that Americans don't care about campaign finance reform, saying, "it ranks right up there with static cling," in importance. Yet more than one hundred Kentuckyans have signed the petition, adding comments such as this one by Aaron Kincer of Georgetown, KY: "As long as companies are dropping millions in your pockets, I don't feel I can EVER trust any of you."

Senator John McCain praised the petition drive, saying "MoveOn.org provides ordinary people with the information and resources needed to make their voices heard in the halls of Congress. I share their commitment to empowering voters, and I thank them for their strong support in our effort to take America back from the special interests. I encourage everyone interested in the fight to ban soft money to sign MoveOn.org's important online petition."

About MoveOn.org

MoveOn.org is committed to helping its members be effective, informed citizens, and to broadening participation to counter the influence of monied interests and partisan extremes. MoveOn.org offers members a way to work together to be heard. The website, begun by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Wes Boyd and Joan Blades, has inspired 500,000 Americans to lobby Congress.

When those voices are not heard, the MoveOn.org PAC helps members engage in meaningful electoral action. Last election cycle, the MoveOn.org PAC served as a conduit for more than $2 million in small contributions to congressional campaigns across the nation.

 

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