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The Year of Living Shamelessly …Politically

Read about the hypocrisy, bigotry, cowardice, idiocy and just plain lunacy that have defined this political year while supporting People For the American Way!

As the holidays approach and I reflect on the work we accomplished this year, there’s no denying that 2010 has been a year to remember. That’s why the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a new e-book by satirist Paul Slansky, The Year of Living Shamelessly: Political Lowlights of 2010.

A portion of proceeds from the book will go to People For the American Way, making it a great last minute holiday gift that will support our efforts to fight the most radically right-wing Congress that will convene in Washington in just a few weeks. You can easily send copies as gifts via email through the website.

The Year of Living Shamelessly guides readers through a remarkable year in American politics and the unforgettable personalities that drove it. Some highlights include:

  • the congressional candidate who moonlighted as a Nazi reenactor;
  • the lieutenant governor who compared food stamps for the needy to “feeding stray animals”;
  • the Senate candidate who ran away from a press conference;
  • and the former president who said he missed “being pampered.”

Click here to purchase book, priced at only $3.99.  Thank you for your support of People For the American Way–I wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season, and all the best in the coming New Year.


Ben Betz, Online Communications Manager

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In just a few weeks, we will be facing the most radically right-wing congressional delegation in modern times. And with it, we will also face an avalanche of legislation with the goal of reversing decades of progress. We must be prepared to face assaults against … civil rights … free speech … the federal courts … education … gay and lesbian equality … women’s rights … and so much more.

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November 2010

In This Issue

SPOTLIGHT: Putting the “Lame” in Lame Duck 

Citizens Blindsided: Secret Corporate Money in the 2010 Elections and America’s New Shadow Democracy

Tell Advertisers: Drop Fox

Big Victories for Young Progressives

Fund Young People For Simply By Voting! Time is Running Out.

A Government That Works: Americans Want a Functioning Government; That Means Voting on Judicial Nominees

The Ten Scariest Republicans Heading to Congress

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We must do all we can to see that the DISCLOSE Act gets brought up in the Senate ands passed before the New Year. That means we need to apply pressure where its needed: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to get him to call up the bill, and a handful of holdout Republican Senators who have indicated they would support a streamlined version of the DISCLOSE Act (exactly what they’re being offered). 

Please call these Senators’ offices now and urge them to support passage of the DISCLOSE Act before the holidays:

Harry Reid (NV):

Scott Brown (MA):

Mark Kirk (IL):

Olympia Snowe (ME):

Susan Collins (ME):

Young Elected Officials Network Thrives in the Face of ‘the Wave’

Members of PFAW Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network had some big wins this past Election Day. Despite progressives suffering big losses across the country, the well-equipped YEOs fared pretty well with most of them winning their races for reelection, some advancing to hire office, and some new young electeds who will be joining the network winning election to office for the first time.
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Tell the DOJ: Investigate the Chamber of Commerce’s campaign spending!

Tell the DOJ: Investigate the Chamber of Commerce’s campaign spending  

We can’t let the Chamber of Commerce undermine our democracy!
Take action!
Clicking here will add your name to this petition to Attorney General Eric Holder:  

The Department of Justice must launch an immediate investigation into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s use of money from foreign corporations to influence our elections.

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the poster child for corporate corruption of our electoral system.

This year alone the Chamber has pledged to spend $75 million on ads attacking candidates who don’t meekly bow down to the biggest and wealthiest corporate interests.

However, an explosive new report by the Center for American Progress reveals that some of that corporate cash might be coming from foreign entities, which would be a federal crime.

There is already entirely too much corporate cash spent on our elections. It’s intolerable that our democracy would be further undermined by illegal donations from foreign interests.

That is why we are joining our friends at MoveOn in asking Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to open an investigation immediately.

Click here to automatically sign our petition and tell the DOJ to investigate the U.S. Chamber of Commerce immediately.

The Chamber of Commerce denies that it uses foreign money in any way that’s illegal, but the Center for American Progress has documented how the Chamber aggressively raises money outside the United State from foreign entities — including state-run companies in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, India and Russia — and deposits that money into the same general fund used to fund the Chamber’s political program.

Because of the Chamber’s tax status as a trade organization, it is able to shield most of its financial information from the public. So without a government investigation, all we have is the Chamber’s woefully insufficient word that it is abiding by the law.

Given the stakes of this election, we cannot settle for nothing more than “Trust us” from an organization with such a huge credibility problem. And we cannot wait as this issue winds its way through a Federal Elections Commission rendered slow and toothless by its Republican members.

That is why we are calling on the Department of Justice to immediately move to investigate this explosive charge.

Tell the DOJ: Investigate the U.S. Chamber of Commerce immediately. Click here to automatically add your name.

Thank you for working for a better world.

Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1Click here to read the report from the Center for American Progress.