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National Call Out Corruption Day - TODAY!
02/28/2006 at 11:39 AM ET

Concerned citizens across the country are flooding the Senate with phone calls TODAY. Join them.

The Abramoff scandal is only the tip of the corruption iceberg in Congress, as a system of legalized bribery by special interest lobbyists has overtaken the will of the people in determining legislative priorities.

The U.S. Senate is debating reform measures THIS WEEK. Go to our Action Center for the information to join our coalition partners and thousands of concerned citizens across the country by flooding the Senate with phone calls TODAY, demanding real reform now.

And when you have made your calls, come back here and post a comment to share with activists around the country what you heard from your senators offices!

There are 22 comments for this blog entry.

Posted by hotfroggy on 02/28/2006 at 10:57 AM ET
i called and talked with ron wydens office. i asked that ron support a tougher ethics committee legislation and revise corporations lobbying money practices. please urge everyone to do this TODAY!~
Posted by Gordon on 02/28/2006 at 11:15 AM ET
I just talked with Barbara Mikulski's office here in Maryland, and also asked them for an independpent ethics committee/process and tough restrictions on lobbyist campaign fundraising. The staff said they have been receiving a lot of calls on this issue. (And Sen. Sarbanes office has been busy so far the couple times I called them.)Yeah!! Let's keep up the calls!
Posted by Lara Chausow on 02/28/2006 at 12:32 PM ET
Feinstein's office took the message, though I had to stay on hold for awhile because there were so many calls. Boxer's phone lines are completely tied up and I'm not getting through.
Posted by Jen on 02/28/2006 at 12:49 PM ET
I called Norm Coleman's office around 11:30am.
As usual, he was not in to take his calls. The male receptionist was very curious about my reason for the all.
I asked to leave Mr. Coleman a message about a need
for an independpent ethics committee/process and tough restrictions on lobbyist campaign fundraising.
I also asked for the rep to tell Mr. Coleman that I and Many many others were asking for Real Reform.
He said he would deliver my message.
I hope he not only receives my message but thinks about it.
Posted by Janis on 02/28/2006 at 1:49 PM ET
I called Senator Feinsteins office and told the female receptionist that I wished to let Senator Feinstein know that I would like her to support tough restrictions on lobbyist campaign fundraising and an independent watchdog committee needed to be formed to see that the restrictions were followed. She said "oh yes, we are receiving a lot of calls regarding this issue and I will pass your concerns on to Senator Feinstein. I called Senator Boxers office 2 times before getting thru I told the male receptionist the same thing and he said "I will be happy to pass your message on to Senator Boxer"
Posted by TrojanDove on 02/28/2006 at 3:47 PM ET
I called Chuck Schumer's office. I was automatically put on hold, then waited 5 min, then was diconnected. Thanks Chuck! Hillary Clinton's line was busy, busy, busy. So I called the Capitol Switchboard. (877) 762 - 8762. Schumer's office picked up on the first ring. They were defensive about the Senate Ethics Committee. They said there were investigations. I asked them if Chuck was doing anything about voter turnout in NY State. I mention this because the only way to balance out the power of lobbyists is a lot of people coming together on election day. The power elite in D.C. don't want the status quo to change, so voter turnout is not a priority. The receptionist said he would let Chuck know what I said.

One final comment: Do you think lobbyists get put on hold or get a busy signal when they call D.C. offices of elected officials?? NO WAY!
Posted by George McGill on 02/28/2006 at 3:54 PM ET
4:15pm reached the offices of Senators Lautenberg and Mendez. In both instances was politely received, points concerning lobby activities were recorded and was assured remarks be given to each Senator. Gave my name and address in both instances to insure authentic NJ voter. 2/28/06
Posted by audubonpa on 02/28/2006 at 3:55 PM ET
I called both Specter and Santorum's offices. Santorum will send me a letter with his position! At Specter's office I gave my input to and assistant to pass on to him. Both calls were quick and neither mentioned getting any other calls about this issue. I appreciated the 800 number, by the way.
Posted by CJ on 02/28/2006 at 6:25 PM ET
I called Senator Murray and Cantwell's offices of Washington state and told them to support strong lobbying reform legistlation! Both offices said that they had received many calls about it today, keep them coming!
Posted by Wednesday on 03/01/2006 at 3:46 PM ET
I contacted Mike DeWine's and George Voinovich's offices and told their staffers how I feel about the tepid efforts of the HOuse and, especially (since they're senators), the Senate. I told them that transparency is not enough ---- there have to be real consequences for betraying the public's trust in democracy. I said there have to be independent investigators, otherwise nothing meaningful be ever get done.
Posted by Lisa P on 11/13/2008 at 1:08 AM ET
Corruption is not a new word for everybody. And there are lots of politicians who have already committed this. Corruption is not only for politicians because even an ordinary person can commit this. Some people commit corruption unknowingly. Corruption can cause chaos to the community because instead of using the money for the welfare of people politicians use it for their personal gain only. Financial problem of individual are often blame to payday loans but in reality they are also responsible for the crisis that we are facing today.
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