Last month, news reports were full of headlines like Bank of America backs down after consumer backlash and Victory for customers as big banks back down from debit card fees.

Public pressure works. It forced the big banks to abandon their plans to charge unnecessary fees to consumers. And it can work to help get big money out of our elections.

Please stand with Common Cause and thousands of your fellow activists in calling on corporations to stick to business and refrain from spending profits on politics. 

Act Now!

Campaign spending in 2012 could top $6 billion, thanks to the Citizens United decision which says that corporations and special interests can spend unlimited amounts to elect or defeat candidates.

But just because they can, doesn’t mean they should.

If you believe that corporations should stick to business and allow voters to do their job of selecting elected leaders, then please join our campaign. Help us deliver the strongest possible message to the top 500 corporations that elections belong to “we, the people.”

Sign our petition today urging corporations to refrain from political spending in 2012.

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After you sign, please ask three friends to do the same. The more voices we have, the more effective we will be.

Thanks for all you do,

Bob Edgar
and the rest of the team at Common Cause

P.S. We, particularly our staff in New York, are watching closely after police evicted Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park early today. The protestors will be reportedly be allowed to return to the park, but without tents. Common Cause supports their right to protest and deliver a message to corporations responsible for the economic collapse that we will no longer allow our country to be bought and sold. You can help send that same message by adding your name to the list of thousands of Americans who want corporations to pledge to refrain from political spending in next year’s election.

Gabrielle Giffords Remarkable Recovery

CNN/ORC Poll: Cain’s Position Is Falling

15 hours ago

CNN/ORC Poll – November 11-13 – GOP 2012

TOPICS: Republican presidential race, favorable ratings on Republican candidates, general election match-ups, opinion of sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain

Full results (pdf)


Herman Cain Addresses His Falling Support from Women


Sexual Harassment & Assault Response & Education

What is Harassment?
What To Do Now If You Are Being Harassed
Things Anyone Can Do About Harassment
Types of Harassment or Discrimination
Personal Harassment (Bullying)
Sexual Harassment
Stalking or Criminal Harassment
Homophobia and Heterosexism
Harassment or Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

This Constitutional Amendment Will Save America


Now more than ever, the American people are showing just how fed up they are with the explosion of big corporate influence over our politics.

And now more than ever, the Supreme Court is ignoring its own precedents to unleash a torrent of corporate and special interest money in our elections.

We must put the American people back in charge of our democracy. If the Supreme Court refuses to allow Congress and individual states to regulate the role of money in our elections, we must amend the Constitution to change that — and together, we are beginning the amendment process this month.

Passing a constitutional amendment is no easy feat — we’ve only passed 27 in our entire history, and powerful corporate interests are lining up against us as we speak — but we can do this by hitting the ground running with a 21st century campaign to restore our democracy. And it all starts with you.

Sign our petition at ReverseCitizensUnited.com to amend the Constitution so Congress and the states can enact common-sense campaign finance reforms.

Historically, Congress and state legislatures have established contribution limits, disclosure requirements, and other rules to limit the influence of special interests in elections and ensure that government works for the American people, not powerful corporations.

Then, in last year’s controversial Citizens United vs. FEC decision, Republican appointees on the Supreme Court overturned prior precedent and struck down Congress’ sensible regulations on corporate spending in political campaigns.

A key solution to address the root cause of this problem is to amend the Constitution to make it absolutely clear to the Supreme Court and the special interests that Congress and state governments have the power to limit the flow of corporate money into campaigns.

Sign our petition now — and then forward this email to your friends! Our constitutional amendment will stop the growing corrosive influence of big business on our elections and on our government, but it won’t pass unless citizens like you demand it.

These historic times call for extraordinary measures to ensure our government remains of the people, by the people, and for the people — not just powerful interests with the deepest pockets.

But we know these big corporate interests aren’t going to give up without a fight, so we need you — and tens of thousands of other Americans — to join us.

Thank you for standing with us to return our elections to the hands of everyday citizens, rather than the special interests.


Dick Durbin
U.S. Senator
Jeff Merkley
U.S. Senator
Chuck Schumer
U.S. Senator
Tom Udall
U.S. Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Senator


Occupy Wall Street is being raided by NYC police, and the 99% movement is asking for everyone’s help. From Occupy Wall Street on Twitter:

1:10am: Raid happening NOW at #libertysq MOBILIZE!

1:43am: Call #nypd at: 646-610-5000 and respectfully demand 1st amendment rights!!

1:47am: The whole world is watching! Watch here: livestream.com/occupynyc

I just called the number above, and it’s pretty busy. Good! it’s really important that people keep calling. Here are some other numbers.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg: 212-639-9675
NY Governor Cuomo: 518-474-8390
NYPD 1st Precinct: 212-334-0611
NYPD 5th Precinct: 212-334-0711
NYPD 6th Precinct: 212-741-4811
NYPD 7th Precinct: 212-477-7311
NYPD 9th Precinct: 212-477-7811

You can also sign our petition to Mayor Bloomberg here — and tell your friends.

If you personally know any New York political leaders, please call them and ask them to take a stand against this outrage.

The people united will never be defeated.

In solidarity,

— Adam Green & the PCCC team

Want to support our work? We’re entirely funded by our members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in today.

“Woman Harmed…Herman Cain Not Involved”—Stephen Colbert

Herman Cain Believes *His* Truth… (image)

Police Oust Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park, NYC

NYC Mayor Bloomberg had said that the demonstrators could stay indefinitely in Zuccotti Park.  However, around 2:00am, the NYC Police began clearing the park.  The appropriated tents, books and personal belongings.  Police told the demonstrators that they will be allowed to return…without tents, generators, etc.  There will be no more living in the park.  Zuccotti Park (which is privately owned) will be a site for demonstrations only. As of this post  I heard a report that the demonstrators are streaming back into the park.  Mayor Bloomberg says, “Now the protesters will have to occupy the park with their arguments…protesters are welcomed back into the park.”  Owners of the park agree with the Mayor.

Jon Stewart Reviews GOP Debates