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SPOTLIGHT: Holding the Line Against Extremism



Michael B. Keegan on Huffington Post


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Book Talk Radio: The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama


The Backlash Book Cover


Earlier this month, Will Bunch, author of The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama, joined PFAW Senior Fellow Peter Montgomery for a Book Talk Radio discussion of his book.

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Members of PFAW Foundation's Young Elected Officials Network Honored in Time's "40 Under 40"


Four members of People For the American Way Foundation's Young Elected Officials Network have been included in Time Magazine's "40 Under 40" list of "the rising stars of American politics." Congratulations to Julián Castro, Hannah Pingree, Bakari Sellers and Kyrsten Sinema.

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Holding the Line Against Extremism



Rogues Gallery Report

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The clock is ticking.

Corporate special interests and right-wing billionaires are flooding the airwaves with ads that use race baiting, spread lies and smear progressive candidates. The fight is so much closer than most news reports indicate -- if progressive turnout nationwide is just 2 percent higher than expected, it will radically change the results of the House races, and the Senate races we've been focused on are tightening up as Election Day approaches with voters in states like Alaska, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado and Kentucky starting to realize just how extreme the Republicans running for those seats are.

This is a critical moment to stand up to extremism and to support progressive candidates in tough races on Election Day. People For the American Way has been working around the clock to do just that with:

Thousands of targeted get-out-the-vote contacts to voters in California, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky and New Hampshire...

Staff on the ground in Colorado, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania...

TV, radio and internet ads in Colorado, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Florida...

Last-minute emergency GOTV efforts in Alaska and a major TV ad campaign in Maine...

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We are making good progress toward hitting our online fundraising goal -- $100K by midnight tomorrow -- which will allow us to carry out our get out the vote efforts until the polls close on Tuesday night. Please help us get there with a crucial contribution to our election work now.







If you have not voted early or by absentee ballot, it is absolutely vital that you make it to the polls to cast a ballot by or on Tuesday. So much is at stake.

Please make it your personal mission to get 5, 10 or even 20 other people to vote. Your friends and family members who might be unenthusiastic about voting this year could just need that extra push, and a little bit of friendly pressure from someone they know.

Here's a tool offered by Google to help you find voting information for where you live. If you have your own blog or web site, you can embed the tool right on there to help your readers find their polling places and other information. State boards of elections web sites are also good places to check for information about voting.

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People For the American Way endorsed candidates in 17 important U.S. Senate races this year and dozens of progressive House candidates in tight races.

Our affiliated political organization, the People For the American Way Action Fund, has sought out and endorsed many young, talented, progressive candidates who are dedicated to serving their communities today and to leading the progressive movement in years to come. You can find out more about the Action Fund's work and the great candidates it is supporting at the Action Fund's web site.

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Michael B. Keegan on Huffington Post


PFAW president Michael Keegan published several pieces on Huffington Post this month offering commentary on some of the more disturbing trends we've seen on the Right this election season.

A Smoking Gun in Kentucky

The year since the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC opened up our elections to unlimited corporate spending has been one of big bucks and little information. While what the Supreme Court might have imagined was a political system with flawless transparency and unlimited access to information, what...

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The Corporate Money Denial Game

On Sunday, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele took to the airwaves with his party's twin messages of corporate pandering and denial.

It was a remarkable performance.

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A Peace-Loving Sarah Palin Would "Refudiate" Glenn Beck
(with David Brock of Media Matters)

We've long been troubled by the potential consequences of Glenn Beck's incendiary rhetoric and conspiratorial anti-government fear mongering. For hours every day on radio and television, Beck pits American against American, telling his audience that our country is under attack by a demonic Nazi-like regime seeking to destroy all that...

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Joe Miller, the "Irrational Blogger," and the Right's Even More Irrational View of Free Speech

Earlier this month, Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller announced that he would no longer be answering questions from the press about his "background" and "personal issues" -- issues including his possible past use of government computers to do campaign work. Yesterday, Miller took the law into his own...

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The Voter-Fraud Fraud Continues


Reports continue to pour in of the Right Wing's voter-fraud hysteria, and their actual attempts at voter suppression that hysteria is intended to distract from.

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Local Chambers Want No Part in US Chamber of Commerce's Political Games


As the US Chamber of Commerce becomes less of a trade association and more of a pro-GOP political outfit, local chambers have become increasingly disillusioned with the national branch’s partisan turn. According to the Washington Post, the US Chamber of Commerce leads among non-party groups in campaign spending in the election: of the over $31 million so far spent by the Chamber, 93% of that money has benefited Republicans.

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Right Wing Watch: Boykin Exposes Obama's Health Care Conspiracy to Build His Brownshirt Army


This is Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, who was the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence under Donald Rumsfeld until video emerged of him explaining that we were engaged in a spiritual war against Islam that the US would eventually win because our God was bigger than their God.

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Right Wing Watch: Can Sarah Palin Please Read Past The First Line?


When the State Department's Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Philip J. Crowley tweeted this morning, "Happy birthday President Ahmadinejad. Celebrate by sending Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer home. What a gift that would be," Sarah Palin went into a tailspin. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer are two of the three Americans who were detained and imprisoned by Iran while hiking near the Iranian border in 2009. Their companion was recently released, but Fattal and Bauer remain in an Iranian jail. While Crowley called for their release in his sardonic tweet, Sarah Palin took his words out of context in her bizarre and harsh reaction over twitter...

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Beck Asks Fans to Give Money to Big Business


Glenn Beck has started asking his listeners and viewers to donate money to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- yes, "populist" leader Beck is asking his fans to give their money to the Chamber of Commerce, the national association of large corporations that spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year to lobby Congress and support the election of candidates who will prioritize corporate interests.

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Republicans Benefit From Benefactor Who Said Women Should Enjoy Being Raped


As I was reading Brian's blog post on the "First Amendment Alliance" -- the energy industry front group that has already pumped nearly a million dollars to purchase/elect a Republican Congress -- I came across a familiar name: Clayton Williams of Clayton Williams Energy has donated $100,000 to the front group.

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First Amendment Alliance: Energy Industry Front Group


The First Amendment Alliance is a 527 "Super PAC" that can raise unlimited funds from corporations and individuals for independent expenditures on the election, and the group is currently smearing Democratic candidates for Senate with negative ads in competitive races. So far, the First Amendment Alliance has spent over $800,000 running attack ads against Democrats Michael Bennet of Colorado, Jack Conway of Kentucky, Chris Coons of Delaware, and Harry Reid of Nevada.

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Right-Wing Group to Nevada Latinos: "Don't Vote"


Republican-affiliated groups have been getting less and less subtle in their attempts to prevent those likely to be Democrats from voting. There was the voter-caging operation in Wisconsin that sought to scare young and minority voters away from the polls in the name of preventing the proven non-problem of "voter fraud." There was Illinois Senate candidate Mark Kirk suggesting that poll watchers be sent to predominantly black districts, "where the other side might be tempted to jigger the numbers." But enough of the dog whistle. A Republican-affiliated group called "Latinos For Reform" has made an ad simply telling Latinos in Nevada: "Don't Vote."

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Michael Steele's 'Disclosure' Meltdown


Already under fire for mismanaging the Republican National Committee, Chairman Michael Steele displayed his bizarre and badly-uninformed take on the election on Meet the Press.

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Right Wing Watch: Personhood Colorado - From Slavery, to Demons, to Nazis


First, the activists behind Colorado's Amendment 62 tried to generate support for their effort by running a radio ad featuring a "former slave" speaking out against abortion. Then they upped the ante with a web video calling President Obama the "Angel of Death." So, of course, the next logical step is to invoke the Nazis...

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Right Wing Watch: Public Policy, Private Corporations: Detaining Immigrants for Profit


People For the American Way has been documenting the ways in which corporate interests, with a big boost from the Supreme Court, are pouring unprecedented sums of money into this year's elections to buy themselves an even more corporation-friendly government. This morning, National Public Radio reported on another way that corporate interests are shaping public policy. Remember that controversial anti-immigrant law in Arizona? Turns out it was drafted at a conference of right-wing legislators with help from private prison corporations that see the detention of immigrants as a new profit center.

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