Thank Sen. Obama for pushing for real reform in Washington!
We applaud Sen. Obama's efforts in calling for an independent ethics commission! He has clearly stepped up to push for real change in the way business is conducted in Washington, while other notable names (including new House Majority Leader John Boehner) are still denying that a problem even exists.
As a constituent of Obama's, your voice is particularly essential in our grassroots campaign to ensure that real reform measures are passed. Therefore, we urge you to place a phone call to Senator Obama's office as soon as possible. Please thank him for his work on this important issue. Please also ask about his position on another important issue--lobbyist campaign contributions. (The email below can be sent as a follow up to your phone call.) Additionally, we encourage you to give us a quick report on how the call went (see link below) – our staff here in Washington are lobbying Sen. Obama on these issues as well, and need to know what he is telling constituents.
The phone number for Senator Obama's Washington office is 202-224-2854. You can also dial the Capitol Hill switchboard at 1-877-762-8762.
Virtual Bird-dogging Script/Questions to Ask:
"Hello, I’m one of Senator Obama's constituents, and I am deeply troubled/very angry about the level of corruption and scandal we are witnessing in Congress. I know that, as a strong advocate for an independent ethics commission, the Senator can play a big role in shaping reform legislation, which is in committee this week. I would like to thank the Senator for his work in calling thus far to ensure enforcement of the rules of ethical conduct among lawmakers.
I would also like to know if Senator Obama supports 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?
After you have placed this call, please click here to give us a quick report on how it went.