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MoveOn Members Endorse 2006

In addition to these great progressive candidates, you can help take back Congress in 2006 by supporting MoveOn.org Political Action's three-part strategy for victory:

Together, we will keep the country focused on congressional Republicans' corruption while encouraging the Democrats to stand up and fight for what's right,and in doing so, we can create a "change election," a tipping point that will turn things around in Washington in 2006 while also building our strength for the future. Democratic control of Congress will mean we can finally move forward with big ideas like health care for all Americans or energy independence, and make sure the troops get home safely and soon from Iraq. Your support for these efforts can make a big difference. (FEC ID#C00396127)

Support MoveOn's 2006 campaign to Take Back Congress

Ned Lamont for Senate (CT)

LamontNed Lamont is a candidate for United States Senate in Connecticut—challenging Joe Lieberman in the Democratic primary. Mr. Lamont is a successful businessman with a progressive streak. He is putting together a grassroots campaign with hundreds of volunteers. Lamont has been endorsed by the National Organization for Women, Democracy for America and the Connecticut Education Association. Recent polls show his race—with only six weeks remaining—tightening. "I am running for the U.S. Senate because we deserve a senator who will stand up for Connecticut and stand up for our progressive democratic values." (FEC ID#C00420117)

Support Ned Lamont: http://www.nedlamont.com

Patrick Murphy for U.S. Congress (PA-08)

MurphyPatrick Murphy is a decorated Iraq War veteran, attorney, former West Point professor and prosecutor. As a U.S. Army captain in Iraq, Murphy worked directly to help train the new Iraqi Civil Defense Corps. But his experience in Iraq has led him to support an Iraq exit plan. “When Rep. John Murtha, the first Vietnam combat veteran elected to Congress, started the debate on America’s role in Iraq by saying “Our troops have done all they can do,” he was right. Our troops toppled the Saddam Regime and made sure that there were no WMDs. It is time to change the direction in Iraq, and we need to start bringing our men and women home now.” Among others, he has been endorsed by John Murtha, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Planned Parenthood and the International Association of Firefighters. (FEC ID#C00411991)

Support Patrick Murphy: http://www.murphy06.com

Diane Farrell for U.S. Congress (CT-04)

FarrellDiane Farrell is running for Congress in the 4th district of Connecticut against self-described moderate Republican Chris Shays. She recently completed her second term as the first selectwoman in the town of Westport, CT. Farrell is making the war in the Iraq and Shays’ vocal role supporting the war a centerpiece of her campaign. “This War has alienated our allies, solidified the US position as an object of resentment and mistrust in most of the Arab World, destroyed much of Iraq’s infrastructure and increased its ethnic strife and increased global terrorist activity. A huge economic burden has been placed on the United States to fund a war entered into without a strong, committed coalition. Worst of all, the Administration’s lack of an exit plan has resulted in the tragic loss of life of hundreds of our American servicemen and citizens as well as thousands of Iraqis.” (FEC ID#C00413682)

Support Diane Farrell: http://www.farrellforcongress.com

Robert Byrd for U.S. Senate (WV)

Robert Byrd (D) from West Virginia is the most senior of all senators. He earned many MoveOn members' support when Congress was voting on the use of force against Iraq. He delivered a fiery speech from the Senate floor: "I truly must question the judgment of any President who can say that a massive unprovoked military attack on a nation which is over 50% children is 'in the highest moral traditions of our country.' This war is not necessary at this time." For those who opposed the war, he became a hero. And he's remained one, on many issues: last spring, Senator Byrd joined a MoveOn.org rally to make a passionate appeal against the Republican plan to seize total control of judicial nominations in the Senate. Sen. Obama says, "Robert Byrd understands just how sacred the Constitution of our country truly is and fights every day to protect it. In 2006, Senator Byrd will be the target of Republicans because he stands up for what he believes, and he needs our help." (FEC ID#C00027987)

Support Robert Byrd: http://www.byrd2006.com

Bob Casey for U.S. Senate (PA)

Bob Casey Jr. (D) is Pennsylvania's current state treasurer and former two-term auditor general. Casey's investigations—into Pennsylvania's long-term care system, the implementation of sex-offender laws, the child care oversight system, women- and minority-owned businesses' access to state contracts, the state's use of federal child care funds, corporate fraud and misuse of tax dollars—have all led to major reforms, protecting Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens and saving state taxpayers over $1 billion. Howard Dean calls Casey "a tremendous friend of working people." (FEC ID#C00410225)

Support Bob Casey: http://www.BobCaseyforPA.com

Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate (FL)

Bill Nelson (D) has established a solid progressive record in his first term in the U.S. Senate, particularly in the areas of health care, education, checks on corporate power and aid to the needy. Nelson has devoted more than thirty years to public service, first as a Florida state lawmaker, then as a congressman, then state treasurer and insurance commissioner, and now as Florida's senior U.S. senator. Nelson has made a priority of preventing oil drilling off Florida's coast; ensuring veterans and their spouses get the benefits they deserve and have access to quality health care; and fighting for a meaningful Medicare prescription drug benefit for seniors that allows the government to negotiate lower drug prices from pharmaceutical companies. (FEC ID#C00344051)

Support Bill Nelson: http://www.nelsonforsenate.com

Nick Lampson for U.S. Congress (TX-22)

Betty Castor Nick Lampson (D) is a four-term Congressman from Texas who lost his seat last year when his district fell victim to the 2003 redistricting orchestrated by Tom DeLay. In the House, Lampson was a leader on mental health, senior and veteran's issues, and initiatives to protect children. As a former teacher, as well as husband and father to teachers, Lampson is rated 100% by the National Educational Association (NEA). Lampson is committed to protecting Social Security, whose $19/month helped his mother raise and educate Lampson and his five siblings after his father's untimely death. (FEC ID#C00328997)

Support Nick Lampson: http://www.lampson.com

Sherrod Brown for U.S. Senate (OH)

Sherrod Brown for U.S. SenateIn the U.S. House of Representatives, Sherrod Brown has successfully fought to lower the cost of prescription drugs, led the fight in northeast Ohio to protect Lake Erie, and last year led bipartisan opposition to the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). He voted against the use of force in Iraq and read MoveOn members' letters against the war on the floor of the House. He has earned a 91% rating from the League of Conservation Voters and 100% from the labor union AFSCME. In contrast, incumbent Senator Mike DeWine supports both tax cuts for the wealthiest and President Bush's weakening of overtime rules for millions of workers. He earned a 0% rating from the League of Conservation Voters and a 100% from the Christian Coalition. (FEC ID#C00264697)

Support Sherrod Brown: http://www.sherrodbrown.com

Note: MoveOn members encouraged Paul Hackett to enter the race when he was the only likely candidate, and Sherrod Brown entered the race a few days later. Hackett subsequently dropped out of the race.

Francine Busby for U.S. Congress (CA-50)

Francine Busby, a self-described Encinitas "soccer mom," is a Cardiff School Board trustee who teaches at Cal State San Marcos. Busby, 54, ran in 2004, losing to Cunningham, 59% to 37%, but she raised more money in the 4th quarter of 2005 alone than she spent on her entire last campaign. The district is strongly Republican, but the crowded field of Republican candidates weakens their advantage in the April 11th special election. Busby’s outsider status—she’s worked in the business and non-profit sectors—helps to set her apart. She was the only candidate in the race to call on Cunningham to resign and she’s been a strong voice for ethics reform, proposing her own legislation to clean up corruption in Congress.  Her other policy priorities include reducing the national debt, developing an exit strategy from Iraq, defeating terrorism, strengthening our economy, environmental protection, and health care reform. She opposes efforts to privatize social security, and she is pro-choice, having been endorsed by EMILY's List. The national media are watching this race as an indicator of how the Democrat's message about the Republican "culture of corruption" is playing with voters. Supporting Busby will help lay the groundwork for a "change election" in November. (FEC ID#C00396127)

Support Francine Busby: http://www.busbyforcongress.com/

Ciro D. Rodriguez for U.S. Congress (TX-28)  (defeated)

No Republican entered the race, so the winner of March 7th Democratic primary wins the seat. Ciro Rodriguez represented Texas’ 28th District from 1996 to 2004, when he lost to Democrat Henry Cuellar by just 204 votes in the primary. When Tom DeLay redistricted Texas they fixed it to hurt Rodriguez and help Cuellar. Now Rodriguez has a chance of winning back the seat, in part because of Cuellar’s vocal support of the Bush agenda. One in three votes cast by Cuellar have been in favor of Republican-sponsored legislation, including his support of the war in Iraq and for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Rodriguez voted against the war in Iraq in 2002 and against the Bush Medicare drug law in 2003. Cuellar even campaigned for George Bush in 2000. Rodriguez’s campaign recently received a significant fundraising bump in February after progressive blogs featured a photo of the President’s warm greeting for Cuellar after his State of the Union address. The AFL-CIO and the SEIU both endorsed him, as did Democracy for America. (FEC ID#C00326066)

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