From: Karen Hobert Flynn <>
Date: Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 7:13 AM
Subject: Massive member mobilization

See who they are first:  Common Cause: Holding Power Accountable. This could be the far reaching strength we need !

In the 43 years since Common Cause was immersed in the Watergate scandal, we haven’t faced a crisis of confidence in our democratic institutions as serious as what we face today.

No other public interest group knows more, or has a better track record successfully protecting democracy in a climate like this than Common Cause.  And that’s why I’ve ordered the most massive Member mobilization in our history.

Even though we’re already a million strong, we have to do more to prepare for what promises to be an unprecedented assault on our institutions of democracy.

That’s why I’m reaching out to you today. Common Cause is launching a massive escalation of our grassroots organizing efforts. We’ve pulled out all the stops in taking the necessary steps to resist the Trump administration’s attacks on our democracy.

But this mobilization depends on Common Cause Members like you stepping up to help fuel this fight. Can you please do your part by making your Year-End Contribution today?

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In Donald Trump, we have a president who favors his own interests over those of his country … who attempts to suppress or ignore widespread evidence of Russian tampering in our electoral process … who flouts the Constitution, attacks the press and appoints Cabinet members based solely on what they contributed to his campaign … who is willing, in short, to discard our nation’s most cherished democratic principles for short-term political gain.

To make matters even worse, he continues to receive the full support of his own party, which controls both the House and Senate. This has given him unprecedented authority to impose his will on American voters, whether or not they approve of his policies.

I hope that, in these times of uncommon urgency, we can count on you once again to be the partner we desperately need to take back our democracy.

Because even though this situation looks bleak, I assure you that we’ve been here before and know what it takes.

When Richard Nixon fired the Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in the infamous Saturday Night Massacre, the American people answered that president’s lawlessness with a massive outpouring of people power, putting in place a series of powerful reforms in Washington, D.C. and in the states. (Many newer Common Cause Members are interested to learn that Archibald Cox later became Chair of the Common Cause Board.)

That’s why I truly believe that however the Trump-Russia saga plays out, it can be the catalyst for another great wave of reform. So, what we do between now and then will make all the difference for future reforms.

Every action we take — and every victory we win — is in no small part due to your caring concern and consistent generosity.

At this critical moment I urge you to once again stand with us by making your Year-End Contribution to support our emergency grassroots mobilization.

Together in Common Cause we can once more make history.

Thank you.

Karen Hobert Flynn, President
and the team at Common Cause

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