Once more: It's about the franchise, stupid
Florida. Michigan. The D.N.C will soon decide whether to seat those delegations in accordance with how the voters there voted. Of course, if this is done, the DNC will have to accept what is already reality: the nominating process is far from over, and superdelegates are going to have different indicators of what the "will of the people is". One thing seems clear: the will of the people who have voted in Demcratic Party primaries so far is that they do not want another Republican administration up next. Another seems clear: of the two candidates who have won hundreds of delegates and millions of votes, Senator Clinton is far more likely to beat John McCain in the general election. Beating McCain will necessitate Democratic wins in Florida and in Michigan. Since the Reagan Revolution, Florida has never been a lock for Democrats, and of course it didn't help when the Supreme Court brokered that state for Bush in 2000.
President Bill Clinton points out that now the D.N.C. wants to treat Florida just as Jeb Bush and the rest of the G.O.P. did in 2000.
What shortsightedness. Frankly, what stupidity.
(Meanwhile, private groups are working hard to preserve the voters' rights of Floridians and Michiganders who cast their ballots in good faith in the only chance they had to vote. I have been working with some of these groups, and have and will donate to their cause. When I have information about how you can do so, I will pass it along. In the meantime, unless you are maxed out, please donate directly to Senator Clinton's campaign! Let her know you want her to fight for Florida and Michigan, all the way to Denver!)
If you have already maxed out to Senator Clinton, consider donating to this group. If you do not want to set up a paypal account but wish to donate, you may donate to support this site (look to your right), and I will match with a donation to the group.
COUNT THE VOTES CASTAttached you will find a facsimile of an open letter to be be published addressed to Howard Dean and the DNC prior to the DNC Rules Committee meeting to be held in DC on May 31st. [note from HLF: I will post the letter text separately].
We are raising funds to place this as a full page ad in the print media: The Washington Post and Roll Call and The Hill papers. Our grassroots organization is raising its voice to join the rising clamor around the country to count all the votes cast in Florida and Michigan and seat all the delegates at the Democratic Convention.
Without considerable pressure from the grassroots it is likely that an unacceptable deal will be struck. Only the votes of Super delegates can create the opportunity for Hillary to be nominated and our open letter is the argument how and why they should do so.
This letter is the result of a meeting of Supporters which included active local campaigners and influential political figures in the Boston area. A Political Action Committee has been formed called Count the Votes Cast ( www.countthevotescast.org ) to be the sponsor of this letter.
We are soliciting donations to fund the full page ad as we speak. To get this letter published will require donations URGENTLY. We are looking for a small number of $1000-$5000 donations and a large number of smaller donations We have a Paypal account set up now to receive donations immediately. Donors should go to www.paypal.com and create an account if they do not have one.
The Paypal recipient is firstname.lastname@example.org
Our website at www.countthevotescast.org is under construction and will be up within 24 hours but due to the pressure of time we need donations NOW.
Please support this grassroots effort and give generously!!!
Also join the Rally in Washington on May 31stAll contributions to Count the Votes Cast PAC are subject to the limits and prohibitions of the Federal Election Campaign Act and are not deductible for tax purposes. This solicitation is paid for by Count The Votes Cast PAC ( www.countthe votescast.org) and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
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