President Obama, Tell Corporate America Your Inauguration is NOT for Sale
Sign the Petition Urging Obama to Refuse Corporate Money for His Second Term Inauguration
Note: The committee charged with raising the funds for President Obama's inauguration announced on Friday, December 7, that it will accept unlimited corporate donations. Read Public Citizen's response to this disappointing news.
Now, perhaps more than ever, the U.S. needs a president who will stand up to the legion of corporate polluters, exploiters, scammers and tax dodgers who are distorting our democracy.
But if corporate stooges close to the Obama campaign get their way, President Obama will spend the first day of his second term at lavish parties sponsored by multinational corporations like Bank of America, General Electric and Coca Cola.
President Obama should start his second term as a fighter for the people — NOT as panderer-in-chief.
To his credit, President Obama refused to accept corporate money for his first inauguration back in 2008. It was the right decision then. And it’s the right decision now.
Add Your Name Below to Urge President Obama to Refuse Corporate Contributions for His Inauguration.
We, the undersigned, call on you to refuse corporate money for all inaugural events. A corporate-sponsored inauguration — on the very same day that marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United ruling — fundamentally undermines your administration’s efforts to rein in the damage of unlimited corporate money flooding into politics caused by this court decision.
Instead, show the public that you will stand up to wealthy special interests. Refuse the corporate money, plan a modest inauguration celebration and start fighting for the people on day one.
Corporate greed must be stopped and you must do your part to stand up and do what is right. You campaigned saying you have our back and we did our part backing you Nov. 6th. The ball is again in your court More....and we are behind you ONLY if you do what is right for all.
Mon Dec 10 11:21:03 EST 2012
Mon Dec 10 11:15:11 EST 2012
Mon Dec 10 11:07:01 EST 2012
DeVera and Wiley Wenger
What can be more important to you on your inauguration, President Obama, than to GIVE THE NATION THE VITAL MESSAGE: "I have the guiding principle AND I have the backbone TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE." President More....Obama, you can do this: practice what you speech! Unite with us common folks who elected you. Clear your mind of the corporative power craze. Strip away the glamor for glamor's sake. Celebrate your inauguration with simplisity we ALL can relate to. When you do, you will realize an unheard-of surge of support, a stronger-than-ever commitment. We are able to pull with you and for you more than you can imagine! Think about it, you were elected by us commoners who voted for you with serious reservations. But, we are ready and eagerly waiting for opportunities to support you more wholeheartedly than when we voted for you last month. What in the world can it be that could even begin to muddy the waters of your espoused resolve to lead us ALL as ONE OF US. Please wave off the corporations who stand ready to put a pretty face on themselves in the same court with you. Rest assured, corporate power is weasel-like. I know you know this better than I do. (My sincere apologies to the weasel!) Wave off the corporate weasels. This is a small thing to ask of you compared to so much more we need to ask of you in days to come. Step back, turn away from corporate wooings. Stay where the spotlight can shine brightly on you as a leader who has the moral stature, the backbone, the guts to practice what he speeches.
Mon Dec 10 10:23:39 EST 2012
Mon Dec 10 08:11:02 EST 2012
Mon Dec 10 05:00:29 EST 2012
Ira & Ellie
Please stand with the people NOT the corporations that are destroying our democracy. Thank you.
Mon Dec 10 04:03:09 EST 2012
We should not make presidential inaugurations a means of corporate advertising and influence in government. Do not privatize government.
Mon Dec 10 03:56:25 EST 2012
You work for us. Period.
Mon Dec 10 02:04:16 EST 2012
Michael and Norma Tynan
Mon Dec 10 01:45:06 EST 2012
Let your inauguration be a celebration of this amazing nation and the PEOPLE who elected you -- not the corporations.
Mon Dec 10 00:19:33 EST 2012
You have forgotten, entitlements that government has taken over the years is what you claimed you didn't like & wanted to put an end too. Well now your doing it. Economy sucks, I have been out of work More....for 2yrs, employment numbers are a lie!
Sun Dec 09 23:25:54 EST 2012
Sun Dec 09 22:43:46 EST 2012
Sun Dec 09 22:40:43 EST 2012
Be a fighter for the people
Sun Dec 09 21:00:01 EST 2012
Sun Dec 09 20:21:06 EST 2012
SET AN EXAMPLE!!! DO IT LIKE SOME OUR PAST SENSIBLE PRESIDENTS HAVE DONE-KEEP IT SMALL & HONORABLE.
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