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Martha Coakley Needs Phoners to Win Historic Senate Seat   :)

Martha Coakley Needs Phoners
to Win Historic Senate Seat

I'm writing to ask for your help.

Martha Coakley, NOW/PAC endorsed candidate in the Massachusetts special election

to fill Senator Ted Kennedy's seat, is being bombarded by lies and distortions by GOP and right-wing extremists. And the polls are tightening, putting in jeopardy the historic election of the first woman to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.

You can help counter thousands of phone calls and large attack ad expenditures by the GOP and right wingers by volunteering for the Coakley campaign's phone from home program. Regardless of where you live, you can help reach out to one million targeted voters to make sure they know the truth about Martha and that Tuesday, Jan. 19 is Election Day. The election is only seven days away. E-mail Kate Foster TODAY to say that you are ready to help. The campaign will provide a short script, voter list, and background on Martha.


Many NOW members throughout the country joined those volunteering in Massachusetts to bring about Martha Coakley's landslide primary win in December. The need is even greater now. We can't let this victory slip through our fingers.

American Future Fund, the same group that did the Swift Boat attacks against Sen. John Kerry when he ran for president, recently bought $400,000 in ads to smear Martha. The Club for Growth and Chamber of Commerce are contacting stations to place their attack ads and boost support for Martha' Republican opponent, state Senator Scott Brown.

Terry O'Neill, NOW/PAC Chair, said, "These attacks are jeopardizing the history-making election of the first woman senator from Massachusetts, as well as the critical role that she will play in advancing women's rights nationally as she has been doing for years in her home state."

Massachusetts State Senate President Therese Murray, co-chair of the Coakley campaign, said, "Special elections have notoriously low turnouts and our phone from home program can make the difference to ensure that voters know the importance of securing a victory for Martha Coakley and women throughout the country."

The Coakley campaign is counting on NOW members to again step up and make a difference in an election with national significance for all of us. We know how important it is to elect a feminist leader who supports all of NOW's issues in the Senate. Together we can make it happen. Please email or call 617-241-0200 to be a part of making history.

Thanks for all you do!

Terry O'Neill

P.S. Electing Martha Coakley to the Senate is just part of what we do. Please consider donating to the NOW PACs to support our work in the November elections.

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Urgent: A Republican in Ted Kennedy's seat?   :)

Dear MoveOn member,

In 11 days, we could lose progressive hero Ted Kennedy's Senate seat—and with it, any hope for passing major progressive legislation this year.

A new poll Tuesday showed Democrat Martha Coakley's lead in the special election to succeed Kennedy is at the edge of the margin of error, and the non-partisan Cook Political Report now says it's very competitive.1 And today, some of the people behind the infamous Swift Boat and racist Willie Horton ads are spending $400,000 on a new attack ad. Republican Scott Brown and his extreme right-wing supporters are significantly outspending Coakley on TV.2

A Republican victory here would be a catastrophe—Democrats would lose their 60th vote in the Senate, health care could die, and the Republicans could block pretty much anything they want.

We can't let a right-winger take over Ted Kennedy's seat because not enough progressives are paying attention. Coakley urgently needs help before it's too late. Your contribution in the next 24 hours will help her expand her all-out campaign for victory. Can you contribute $15 to Coakley's campaign right away?

Martha Coakley will carry on Ted Kennedy's progressive legacy. In endorsing Coakley, Vicki Kennedy, Ted Kennedy's wife, said, "My husband fought for healthcare reform for more than 40 years. Martha Coakley shares those critical beliefs." Coakley has also been outspoken against restrictions in the bill on women's right to choose.3

As Massachusetts Attorney General, Coakley was aggressive in challenging the Wall Street titans who helped bring on the financial crisis, and she recovered tens of millions of dollars for taxpayers and victims of Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and UBS for their deceptive activities.4 She'll be a strong fighter in Washington for tough regulations on the financial industry.

And Republican Scott Brown? He's a "free enterprise advocate"5 who thinks the system works just fine. But he's giving Coakley a serious challenge. He promised, "As the 41st senator I can stop a lot of this stuff in its tracks....I can actually force them to go back to the drawing board."6 And there are rumors that the Republican Party and the Club for Growth will also begin attack ads on Coakley soon.

And the race is further confused by the presence of a 3rd candidate, named Joe Kennedy, who isn't related to Ted Kennedy, but is a tea-party extremist. Martha Coakley needs our help to cut through the clutter and get her message out—on TV, at the doors, and on the phones.

At this moment, when Ted Kennedy's greatest goal in life is within reach, we cannot afford to let Republican extremists snatch away his legacy. Can you help with an urgent contribution of $15? Click here:

Thank you. Sincerely,

–Adam, Kat, Wes, Daniel, and the rest of the team


1 "Election 2010: Massachusetts Special Senate Election," Rasmussen Reports, Jan. 5, 2010.

"Massachusetts Senate: Looking for a Massachusetts Miracle," The Cook Political Report, Jan. 7, 2010. [subscription required]

2 "Brown decries conservative group's anti-Coakley ad," Associated Press, Jan. 7, 2010.

"Secrets of the American Future Fund," The Iowa Independent, Aug. 19, 2008.

"Massachusetts Senate: Looking for a Massachusetts Miracle," The Cook Political Report, Jan. 7, 2010. [subscription required]

3 "Coakley basks in political bplessings," The Boston Globe, Jan. 8, 2010.

4 Martha Coakley, U.S. Senate, accessed Jan. 8, 2010.

5 Scott Brown, United States Senate, accessed Jan. 8, 2010.

6 "Health bill at issue in Mass. Special," Politico, Jan. 7. 2010.

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Martha Coakley for Senate


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