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[[First_Name]], you are among Public Citizen’s most loyal supporters. That’s why I am asking you to renew your annual membership with the immediate donation we urgently need from you to confront, contest and reverse the tide of rampant wrongdoing in Washington.
As you know, Public Citizen never takes a single dime from government or corporations. We are ferociously independent, able to dig up the dirt no matter how well swept under the rug it may be — and we name names, dogging the offenders in the media, in courtrooms, and in the court of public opinion. And we don’t let up until we get results for the American people … citizens like you who expect and deserve good governance from your elected officials.
Your donations are what make Public Citizen possible. Your generous annual support as a member of Public Citizen helps underwrite the costs of our exhaustive research and investigation,
our unimpeachable reporting and groundbreaking exposés, and our grassroots outreach and activism to challenge politicians and corporations drunk on power.
Because of you …
Public Citizen is exposing members of Congress who use their positions for job training and networking so they can leave public office to become lobbyists and cash in on the connections they forged as elected officials — a veritable revolving door of special interest money changing hands back and forth. And with your help, we’re working to rewrite the “rules” that let them do it legally!
Our Health Research Group is investigating and sounding the alarm about numerous dangerous drugs. Most recently, we’re pressuring the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require stronger and more visible warnings for doctors and patients concerning Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and other erectile dysfunction drugs that can cause possible irreversible vision loss. And we blew the whistle on drug maker GlaxoSmithKline for submitting self-serving data analyses and misleading results to the FDA about popular asthma drugs — which in some patients have proven lethal.
And we’re fighting for the rights of American consumers — on issues like price gouging at the gas pump. Unchecked mergers in the domestic oil refining industry have consolidated pricing power in the hands of a very powerful few who constitute not an “oil cartel” but a corporate cartel whose profits, at the expense of consumers like you and me, have skyrocketed to 99¢ on every gallon of gas sold in the United States! Thanks to you, we’re able to focus unrelenting pressure on the federal government to investigate anti-competitive practices, regulate oil and gas trading and re-evaluate recent mergers.
And that’s just a short list! A full accounting of Public Citizen’s endeavors would take pages and pages and pages to illustrate how your donations translate into tangible, meaningful action to protect you and all Americans from rogue corporations and a government run amok.
The ethics scandals combined with the president’s plummeting poll numbers have Bush and his cronies in Congress frantic about their future control over the government. They are conspiring with special interests to ram through giveaways before the 2006 mid-term elections — and calling in huge campaign contributions in return.
Public Citizen MUST be there to investigate, expose and stop this growing corruption of our democracy. So, as we approach the New Year 2006 and all of the threats Americans will face to their health, safety and the democracy we all cherish, I urge you to be as generous as you possibly can in renewing your annual support.
So much depends on you! I thank you in advance for standing with us. Go here to renew now.