Sometimes a picture speaks louder than a thousand words, even louder than thousands of campaign contributions.
That’s what we at Public Campaign think of our new poster: “STATE OF THE UNION: How Big Corporate Campaign Contributors Are Buying America…And What the Rest of Us Pay.”
Think of it as our first “visual OUCH!”—or better, a colorful and compelling compilation of key facts and figures from many of our previous OUCH! bulletins.
The poster shows President Bush speaking before a composite image of Congress and Wall Street, a phantasmagoric assembly of elected officials, stock exchange brokers, and high-tech stock tickers—what you might call the trading floor of Congress, where politicians exchange our tax dollars for campaign contributions from wealthy special interests.
Beneath the photo are a series of thirteen charts detailing how big corporate campaign contributions from leading industries are buying America, the fabulous returns they are getting for their political investments, and what the rest of us pay in higher taxes, dirty air and water, billions lost from our retirement funds, more expensive prescription drugs, worsened health, and the like.
If, as a person concerned with the corrosive effects of big money on our political system, you have ever wanted to own one document that summed up the big picture in one eye-catching place—this poster is for you. Maybe it’s also for your friends, relatives, students, teachers, and fellow activists, too.
To view the poster as well as the detailed industry-by-industry charts, go to www.publicampaign.org/stateoftheunion.
We made this poster to show the public what they intuitively sense is true, and because none of us want our democratic representatives to be bought and sold like pork bellies. If you have a lot of money you can buy a fancy car, or a second home, but Americans don’t believe it should entitle you to buy a second helping of democracy.
We hope you agree, and will support our efforts to reach more Americans with this critical message.
The folks at Public Campaign
P.S. We planned this project well before President Bush decided to pitch his entire “economic stimulus” package around eliminating the tax on stock dividends and further cutting taxes on the wealthy. But, with the president scheduled to deliver his state of the union message on January 28, the timing is too irresistible, so next Monday we’re going to ask you to take part in a (hopefully) fun effort to get this poster image to spread around the Internet—to go “viral,” as they say.
Here’s the plan. Write your friends with the following message, or put it in your own words:
Message title: UNCENSORED PHOTO OF BUSH GIVING STATE OF UNION SPEECH!
Message text: If you thought that President Bush was too close to Wall Street and his big money campaign contributors, wait until you see this photo of him giving the State of the Union speech. It’s unbelievable! Just go to http://www.publicampaign.org/stateoftheunion and check it out!