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ProtectOurElections is a national collaboration of grassroots organizations that have joined together  to reclaim our democracy, providing oversight to rescue our elections from partisan politics and privatization.

Five recent developments have harmed our elections in significant ways:

1) the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United allowing for unlimited, undisclosed corporate funds to be spent to support pro-corporate candidates; 2) the Supreme Court ruling in Crawford v. in Marion County, upholding Indiana’s draconian photo ID law for elections, paves the way for similar laws that threaten to disenfranchise millions of voters; 3) the MOVE Act included a provision allowing States to implement Internet voting pilot projects, which threatens to undo the substantial gains made in the states since 2003 to deploy paper ballot voting systems and ensure a verifiable vote count; 4) the targeting of voter registration groups and initiatives has helped to reduce the number of legal citizens who are able to exercise their right to vote. 5) the ever increasing privatization of our public elections by corporations using propriety “trade secret” computer hardware and software to cast and count the results in our public elections, outside of the view of the citizenry. To counter and offset these attacks on fair elections, we must quickly pass robust election protection measures. Specifically, we support the passage of legislation to combat voter suppression (such as voter caging, voter roll purging, the disenfranchisement of former felons and draconian polling place photo ID restrictions), increase transparency in vote casting and counting, and reform of campaign finance rules in federal elections. In addition, a strong, national paper ballot requirement, to be fully implemented by 2012, will protect the national electorate in time for the next presidential election and mitigate the growing threat from Internet voting. The recent attempted monopoly of our elections by the merger of ES&S and Diebold/Premier (which fortunately was overturned by the Justice Department) makes clear the need for the federal government to offer strong incentives for states to oversee their own public elections using hand-marked paper ballots without reliance on private corporations and vendors using secret software. On April 29, 2010, a bi-partisan group of Congress members from both houses introduced the DISCLOSE Act to mitigate the corrosive effects of unlimited corporate funding on public elections. The following day, President Obama issued a statement supporting the bill. We also strongly support this bill as a first step toward protecting the fairness and integrity of our elections on behalf of the citizenry — We the People. Building on the DISCLOSE Act, our campaign will support the passage of existing legislation to stop purging, caging, disenfranchisement of felons and much more that is needed to ensure the self-governance envisioned by our Founders in the U.S. Constitution.

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INVESTIGATE AMERICAN CROSSROADS
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I am one of the 85% of Americans who do not want corporations buying our elections. Therefore, I am requesting that you condemn and investigate a new organization created by Karl Rove called American Crossroads ("AC"). As you know, Mr. Rove has been involved with dirty tricks and election manipulations since his days in the Nixon Administration. During the Bush Administration, he was implicated in the Brooks Brothers riot during the Florida 2000 recount, the stealing of Alabama Governor Don Siegelmans 2000 election, the 2004 Ohio election debacle, the missing White House emails, the unethical targeting of U.S. Attorneys, the illegal outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame and even the death of Bush election IT guru Michael Connell, among many other things.

Mr. Rove created AC in order to sideline the Republican National Committee ("RNC") and take advantage of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United that allowed unlimited corporate funding of elections. Press reports indicate that AC is planning to amass and spend at least $52 million this year to support candidates friendly to Big Business, all without disclosure or accountability.

I, believe, based on Mr. Roves sordid history and the corrupting influence of secret money, that AC will engage in unethical and illegal activity during this election season. In fact, ACs hostile takeover of the duties of the RNC without the concomitant regulatory accountability appears to be illegal on its face. Also, the payment to AC of tens of millions in secret funding from corporate CEOs, without board or shareholder approval and without disclosure, smacks of money laundering and campaign finance violations. Indeed, for more than 100 years, federal law has prohibited corporate donations to candidates and political action committees. As you know, Citizens United did not do away with these common sense campaign finance regulations, or disclosure regulations and limits on foreign donations.

Only a robust investigation of AC will uncover whether AC is complying with federal (and state) laws. I want to know which corporations are funding AC and the candidates running for election. I want to know that foreign corporations and individuals are not seeking to control our elected representatives by funneling money through AC. I want to be sure that since AC is acting in the shoes of the RNC that it is also complying with the regulations that govern the RNC. I want to be sure that corporations are not making direct contributions to the AC PAC or using AC to funnel corporate donations to candidates.

Please announce or call for an investigation of American Crossroads as soon as possible in order to protect democracy, our elections, and the rule of law.

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