Bird-dog your Senator for real reform now!
Given the critical importance of your Senator's position on the Committee of Rules and Administration, which will be shaping and voting on reform legislation the week of February 27, we are urging you to place a phone call to his or her office as soon as possible. (The email below can be sent as a follow up to your phone call.) We also encourage you to give us a quick report on how the call went (see link below) – our staff here in Washington are lobbying your Senator on these issues as well, and need to know what he or she is telling constituents.
To contact your senator, dial the Capitol Hill switchboard at 1-877-762-8762 and ask to be connected with your senator's office.
Virtual Bird-dogging Script/Questions to Ask:
"Hello, I’m one of the Senator's constituents, and I am deeply troubled/very angry about the level of corruption and scandal we are witnessing in Congress. I know the Senator is on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, which will be voting on reform legislation shortly, and I would like to know the Senator’ s position on two key issues:
First, does my Senator support restrictions on campaign fundraising and contributions by lobbyists? It is clear that a lobbyist like Jack Abramoff gained access and influence through the thousands of dollars he contributed to members of Congress, and by the millions of dollars he channeled to them. Other lobbyists actually serve as fundraising committee chairs for members of Congress. Does the Senator support the vital reform measure of restricting lobbyist campaign fundraising and contributions?
Second, does my Senator support an independent watchdog office, such as the Office of Public Integrity in Senator Obama’s bill (S. 2259). With all the scandals swirling in Congress it is remarkable that the standing ethics committees have taken no action – and it proves that Congress cannot monitor itself on ethics issues. Does the Senator support an independent watchdog office to enforce compliance with ethics rules?"
After you have placed this call, please click here to give us a quick report on how it went.