Let's Escrow Our Money to Keep Obama Progressive
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Now we are asking you to use your money to ensure that Barack Obama lives up to his promise to deliver "change we can believe in. "
How? By creating a progressive "escrow" fund that you control.
Many progressives were shocked last week when Obama flip-flopped on wiretapping immunity for the phone companies with this simple explanation:
"My view on FISA has always been that the issue of the phone companies per se is not one that overrides the security interests of the American people."
So if a President unilaterally decides it is in the "security interests of the American people" to defy the Constitution, the Law, and Congress, (s)he can do whatever (s)he wants?
Tell Your Senators:
No Immunity for Wiretapping
Call Obama's Campaign HQ
George Bush believes that, as do Dick Cheney and John McCain - and every dictator in the world. How is that progressive? And how is that change we can believe in?
Don't get me wrong: we fully support Obama and will do everything we can to elect him President. But will also do everything we can to protect the Constitution and hold Obama to his promise of real progressive change.
And that's why we are launching our Obama Progressive Escrow Fund. We're asking you to put some of the money you plan to give Obama "in escrow" until he demonstrates progressive leadership on the issues we care about, like warrantless wiretapping.
We are absolutely not trying to hurt Obama - we'll give him our money at some point. We're just asking for a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T like Aretha Franklin sang about.
We can get Obama's respect because needs our money - he turned down $ 85 million in taxpayer dollars because he believes small donors like us will contribute $ 300 million. And now is the best time to use our modest leverage, before the campaign goes all-out after the convention.
We are setting an ambitious goal of $1 million, which is hopefully large enough to get some respect.
We are not asking you to give us your money. We only want you to make a moral "pledge" to our informal "escrow" fund. The money remains entirely yours, and we want you to contribute directly to Obama after he takes actions that you believe demonstrate progressive leadership.
(When you eventually decide to contribute to Obama, please use our special Obama Progressive Leadership Fund page on Actblue so we can all see how strong we are, as measured in simple dollars.)
I just pledged $2,300 to the Obama Progressive Escrow Fund, which is the maximum allowed by law. I hope 100,000 of you will pledge as little as $10 so together we get some respect.
Thanks for all you do!
Note: to make a pledge, you must create a Democrats.com website account (username and password), which is different from subscribing to our email alerts. When you create your login, you will see "Obama Escrow" at the bottom, where you can enter your informal pledge amount. If you already have a Democrats.com login, click "My Account" then "Edit" then "Personal Information" and then add your pledge in the "Obama Escrow Fund" at the bottom.
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Update 1: Kos independently decided to "escrow" $2300 until Obama shows some progressive leadership.
Update 2: Glenn Greenwald tracked down Obama's advisor on wiretapping, Greg Craig, and discovered he is either stupid or lying. If Craig doesn't understand the issue, he should resign - or be fired!