This is our Moment

A Special Message from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign This is our Moment 

Email date: 6/8/09

You’ll never catch us celebrating until there is dry ink on signed legislation, but there’s no denying we have the best opportunity in at least 30 years to win major campaign finance reforms in Wisconsin.

The majority of members of both the state Assembly and Senate are on record in favor of the Impartial Justice bill overhauling state Supreme Court elections and the Electioneering Disclosure bill closing the "issue ad" loophole special interest groups are exploiting to pour huge sums of money into state elections while keeping Wisconsin voters in the dark about the origins of that money.

That’s right, the votes are there. And leaders in both houses have publicly said they plan to bring these bills up for votes. Now our challenge is to hold them to their promises. That’s where you come in. The thousands of people in our statewide E-Lert network have helped immeasurably in getting us to the point we’re at today. We thank all of you for that. Now we need you to stand with us again as we seek to push reform across the goal line. Seeing that it’s never been more important than it is right now for us to have the resources to do what it takes to get action on reform, there’s never been a more important time to consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Democracy Campaign. Please take a few minutes right now and go here to send us your gift.

We know the economy’s bad and times are tough. That’s one of the reasons we need you more than ever. It’s been predicted that at least 100,000 nonprofit groups across the country will be forced to close their doors because of the recession. The Democracy Campaign will not be one of them.

Don’t get us wrong. The economic downturn has hit us and hit us hard. A few weeks ago we lost a grant from a charitable foundation that supported us for 12 years. And what had been our fastest growing source of income - individual contributions made through workplace programs - declined by 21% this year.

This comes at the worst possible time because the chances of meaningfully changing Wisconsin politics haven’t been this good in a generation. This is our moment. We have to seize this opportunity. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Democracy Campaign today. You can use our secure online site to send your gift, or if you prefer you can go here to print off a form you can mail in with your check.

We’re counting down to the end of the fiscal year and we not only want to close the books in solid financial shape but we also want to be able to hit the ground running in the new fiscal year ahead.

With you on our side, we’ve made a real difference. And there are bigger victories to come. We need you more than ever. We have the best chance at major reform in three decades.

Please help us if you can. Thanks!