From: League of Women Voters of the United States <lobbying@lwv.org>
To: TERRY RICHARDS <veteranscorner@yahoo.com>
Subject: ACTION ALERT: Tuesday is National Call Out Corruption Day!
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 11:34:11 -0500 (EST)

ACTION ALERT: Tuesday is National Call Out Corruption Day!

Americans are deeply troubled by the recent lobbying and ethics scandals in Washington.  The Abramoff scandal is just one example of the corruption that comes when lobbyists direct huge campaign contributions and fund extravagant parties and travel.  While some in Congress are considering reforms, other Members of Congress deny that any change is needed.  Now is the time for real reform!TUESDAY, February 28, is National Call Out Corruption Day!  On Tuesday, we and our coalition partners will flood Capitol Hill with phone calls to tell Congress they must end business as usual and enact fundamental changes to their relationships with lobbyists.  Tell Congress that you will not settle for anything less than real lobbying reform!  Congress must at a minimum take the following actions:

Congress should know by now that Americans are deeply concerned about the recent scandals in Washington.  A recent CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll (January 10, 2006), showed that “corruption ranked among the concerns most often cited by those polled” – second only to concern about the war in Iraq and terrorism.   Of voters polled, 96 percent said that corruption will be an important factor in their vote for Congress this year.  

Call your Members of Congress this TUESDAY! 

ACTION NEEDED

1. Phone your Members of Congress TUESDAY, February 28, and urge them to pass real lobbying reform.  Tell them they must end business as usual and enact fundamental changes to their relationships with lobbyists.  Disclosure of lobbying activities is important, but it is not enough.Phone calls can be made through the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121.  Or, click here to enter your zip code and quickly get phone numbers and talking points for your Members of Congress!2. Forward this email to your grassroots network, your friends and coworkers. Encourage them to call their Members of Congress on Tuesday, February 28!TALKING POINTSTell your Members of Congress that you are concerned about the recent lobbying scandals. Tell her/him that disclosure is not enough. Insist that at a minimum Congress must take the following actions: • Prohibit lobbyists from raising campaign money for members of Congress.
• Stop special interests from paying for gifts and travel by corporate jet.
• Set up a new, independent ethics commission or office.
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Action Alert #109-22, Ethics & Lobbying Reform, Call-In Day, Congress, GLC, 2/27/06