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Thursday, May 03, 2012
Alan Grayson's Start-up Campaign Letter, 03 May 2012
Two years ago, I was fed up with endless right-wing attacks on
Democratic plans to help the 50 million Americans who can't see a doctor
when they're sick, and to make healthcare affordable for everyone else.
So I stood on the Floor of the House, and mocked the Republicans for
their "healthcare plan":
Don't get sick.
If you do get sick, die quickly.
And when the Republicans demanded an apology - an apology for
pointing out the obvious - I did apologize: to the 40,000 Americans who
die each year because they have no healthcare, and to their loved ones.
In an oversight hearing two years ago, I got the Inspector General of
the Federal Reserve to admit that she had no idea what happened to the
Fed's then-known $1 trillion in bailout money. That has become the
most-watched Congressional video in history, with over five million
views. I then teamed up with Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) to do something about
it; we passed his 24-year-old bill to audit the Fed. The resulting audit
report disclosed an astounding $17 trillion in secret bailouts - more
than America's GNP.
With 70% of the homeowners in my district owing more on their
mortgages than their homes were worth, and thousands fighting
foreclosures, I introduced an innovative mandatory mediation program
that cut foreclosures in half. The program was so successful that it was
I was actually in the courtroom when the Supreme Court handed down the Citizens United
decision, giving giant corporations a green light to inundate us with
campaign propaganda. I said that night on MSNBC, "if we do nothing, then
you can kiss this country goodbye."And I did something -- I introduced
eight bills in our "Save Democracy" platform, three of which were
included in the DISCLOSE Act passed by the House. And to demonstrate
popular support for campaign reform, we collected over 100,000
signatures on our Save Democracy petition, and delivered that petition
to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A year ago, when the Republicans were so bent on extending their tax
cuts for the rich, I calculated and exposed on the Floor of the House
just how much money these tax cuts were worth each year for Rush
Limbaugh ($2,689,135), Glenn Beck ($1,512,352), Sean Hannity
($1,006,352), Bill O'Reilly ($914,352), Sarah Palin ($638,352), Newt
Gingrich ($247,352) and George W. Bush himself ($187,552).
And when Fox News attacked me, I hit back on national TV, labeling
them "Monty Python's Lying Circus." I also pointed out that more people
watch the Cartoon Network than Fox News - they both show cartoons all
day long, but the ones on the Cartoon Network are funny.
But courage and outspokenness has a price. In the 2010 election, the
Koch Brothers spent $2 million to defeat me. Health insurance lobbyists,
who were incensed that I had introduced a four-page bill to open
Medicare to any American who would pay for it, spent $2 million defeat
me. The National Republican Congressional Committee declared me their #1
target in the nation, and they spent $1 million to defeat me. A few
weeks before the election, Politico calculated that almost 20% of all of
the special interest sewer money in the entire country had been spent
Let's face it: the big corporations, the lobbyists and the special
interests aren't going to give my campaign a penny. They know that I'm
not going to put the law up for sale to the highest bidder, the way they
want. I'm not going to give them a no-bid government contract, a tax
break, a bailout or an earmark. So I have to turn to you, and people
like you, for support. People who want nothing in return for their
contribution but good government - government of the people, by the
people and for the people.
Time and time again, I have said the things that you've been
thinking, but no one else has been saying. Please join the 100,000
contributors who are the real power behind our People Power campaign.
The People, united, will never be defeated. Join our campaign today.