Since our launch, Progressives United has become a major force for progressive change in America by using a multi-tiered strategy to attack corporate dominance of our politics.
We’re Shaping the National Legislative Debate:
When President Obama proposed a rule inspired by billionaire Warren Buffett to ensure that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share in taxes, Progressives United developed a tool that allowed citizens to write directly to the congressional deficit-reduction “super committee” through our website –– generating over 130,000 comments and attracting partners like Democracy for America (DFA) and Social Security Works to join our campaign.
We’re Pushing for Legislation at the State Level:
While there is currently little chance for passing federal reform legislation to rein in corporate influence on our elections, states have been at the forefront of the fight against corporate dominance. Progressives United has pushed for reforms in New York, California, and Connecticut, and we will continue to be at the forefront of this battle.
We’re Holding Democratic Leaders Accountable:
When Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi signaled a willingness to capitulate to the Simpson-Bowles plan that would slash Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits, we swiftly mobilized a massive grassroots response that forced Pelosi to address Progressives United directly on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." David Dayen of the blog Firedoglake stated that while Progressives United “ ... may have made the DC establishment angry ... it will have been their early whistleblowing that made a difference, putting space between the more liberal wing of the party and a disastrous set of policies.”
We’re Connecting the Dots:
Progressives United is exposing instances where lobbying, campaign contributions, and the revolving door come together, showing how corporations work hand in hand with elected officials to tilt the playing field in their favor at the public’s expense.
Recently, we mobilized more than 60,000 of our members to petition Robert Bradway, chairman and CEO of pharmaceutical giant Amgen, to give back the $500 million the company’s lobbyists obtained from Congress during the recent fiscal-cliff negotiations. This fight, which garnered national media coverage, embodies our mission of putting the power of people over the power of big corporations.
We’re Fighting Back Against Citizens United:
When the U.S. Supreme Court was considering whether or not to hear Montana’s challenge of the Citizens United decision, Progressives United signed on as an amicus curiae supporting Montana. Our founder, Senator Feingold, also joined Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock and Democracy For America to pressure other state attorneys general to join the fight. And although the Court doubled down on its original disastrous ruling, we succeeded in focusing national attention on the Court’s disgraceful inaction.