FCC Backs Down from Efforts to Loosen Media Ownership Rules
In 2003, more than 375,000 MoveOn members joined the fight against these pro-corporate rules. No one expected such public upset, and the courts sent the rules back to the Federal Communications Commission for reconsideration last summer. On January 28, the Bush Justice Department finally decided not to appeal the court's decision -- signaling an incredible victory for grassroots activists who rose up against more media consolidation.
36 Senators Object to Gonzales' Confirmation as Attorney General
In what was originally expected to be an uncontroversial vote, 35 Democrats and 1 independent voted against the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales, raising pointed questions about his role laying the legal groundwork for the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. The dissenting votes Gonzales was confirmed by just 60-36 -- the second most "no" votes for any confirmed attorney general in history. (The first was Ashcroft.) MoveOn members played a major role in getting this on the radar, making it a referendum on torture and generating a real opposition.
House Ethics Reversal
House Republicans wanted to loosen ethics rules to protect their plagued leader, Rep. Tom DeLay. But your phone calls in select Congressional districts embarrassed them into reversing course. DeLay is likely to be indicted in a corporate campaign fundraising scandal in Texas. Republicans did make it harder to investigate House members' conduct, but your calls forced a major retreat by the leadership.
MoveOn Members Help Provide Tsunami Relief
The tsunami in southern Asia and Africa may be the worst natural disaster of our time. In response, MoveOn members sent 76,000 requests to President Bush and Congress to "offer whatever assistance is necessary to prevent further human suffering in the wake of the tsunami disaster." The next day, the Bush administration increased its pledge ten-fold, from $35 million to $350 million. Members also donated over $2.6 million to Oxfam America's disaster relief program. 100% of these donations go directly to Oxfam America. Donate directly to Oxfam America's tsunami disaster relief efforts.
CA Law Requires Voter-Verified Paper Ballots
Your phone calls had a real impact: Now, beginning in 2006, California voters will be able to verify our votes on secure paper ballots that can be counted, and re-counted if necessary. Our elections will be protected from electronic tampering, failure, and fraud.
Victory on Overtime Pay Vote
MoveOn members asked their Representatives in Washington to stop a proposal to take away overtime pay from 6 million Americans. Thanks to your calls, the House of Representatives passed the Obey-Miller amendment to protect overtime, 223-193. Overtime isn’t safe yet, but we sent a strong message of public support.
The "Federal Marriage Amendment" Stopped
Our "United not Divided" campaign helped stop the "Federal Marriage Amendment" from denying marriage equality to same-sex couples nationwide. It was an incredible demonstration of our power to overcome hateful divisiveness.
The U.S. Senate Repudiated Torture
On June 16th, the Senate approved an amendment offered by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), requiring Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to issue guidelines to keep US treatment of prisoners in line with our commitments under this bedrock international law. Thousands of us helped win this victory, with phone calls and a TV ad demanding accountability for the torture at Abu Ghraib.
Old Growth Forest Protected From Clearcutting
Thanks in part to hundreds of our phone calls to our Represenatives, the House voted to save 300,000 acres of old growth forest from clearcutting. If the Senate follows suit, the trees will live, thanks to a 222-205 vote limiting money to build logging roads in the Tongass National Forest.
Unfair Budget Stopped
Thousands of our calls helped prevent passage of a grossly unfair budget. The budget would have set a cynical double standard -- on one hand, requiring that any increases in key programs like education and first responders be offset with spending cuts elsewhere -- and on the other, keeping new tax cuts exempt from the same offset requirements. Our calls to key Senators helped make this victory possible.