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Saturday, February 25, 2017
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From: Team Udall.
To: David Mcdonald.
Special interest cash has been inundating our democracy since Citizens United.
And now it’s infected President Trump’s Cabinet.
Todd Ricketts, a leader of the pro-Trump Super PAC Furture45 and its dark money counterpart the 45Committee, is President Trump’s pick for Deputy Secretary of Commerce. These two groups have spent upwards of $1.7 million running ads to support Trump’s Cabinet nominees.
President Trump campaigned on a promise to rid Washington of insiders who raise secret cash to influence policy makers. Instead he's installing some of the biggest donors and influencers in his Cabinet. Groups like the 45Committee are eroding our democracy from the inside out. It's never been more clear that we need common-sense campaign finance reforms.
Tom’s constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United will cut off special interest cash in our democracy. We need to begin repairing the damage.
A child needs so much from us to grow up strong. She needs a healthy diet with lots of vitamins and minerals. She needs fresh air, a good education and all of our love.
What she doesn’t need is arsenic or lead in her well water. Nor does she need mercury in the stream she plays in.
This should be common sense, yet Donald Trump just canceled the rule preventing coal companies from dumping waste into our streams.
The cost will be paid by children. Some will be born with terrifying birth defects. Others will face learning disabilities, or suffer from childhood cancers. Decades of research backs this up.
People’s Action is fighting back. We are in the town halls, confronting members of Congress. We are in dozens of states training new organizers to resist the radical right-wing agenda.
Back when I was campaigning for the Senate, I met a man in his 60s down near the South Shore. His skin looked leathery like someone who had spent years working outside, and he wore a frayed Vietnam vets cap. He asked flatly: "Yeah, you talk about building a future. But what about transgender? What about them?"
I’ll admit: I didn’t expect that question from him. But I replied exactly what I believe: "We build a future for all our children. And that means transgender children. All our children—no exceptions." He stared at me, and then he said: "Damn right." He explained that he had a grown son who was transgender. "In a million years you’ll never know the special kind of hell he has gone through."
I’ve never forgotten that man – and I’ve never forgotten his son.
Yesterday the Trump Administration cruelly said to millions of students, families, parents like that man from the South Shore that it won’t stand up for LGBTQ young people. They used one of the oldest and most pathetic excuses in the book – "let the states decide" – to allow discrimination against trans students. They cowardly made it easier for some of our country's most vulnerable students to get bullied and beat up in our schools.
The United States Constitution and our laws do not give states a free ride to discriminate or eliminate the rights we guarantee to all Americans. The Trump Administration must protect and defend the basic civil and human rights of all our students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
We build a future for all of our children. No exceptions, President Trump.