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In This Issue:

February 24, 2011

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

  • President’s Message: Preserve Presidential Public Financing (NEW)

EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

  • Elections: Voter Photo ID (VPID) Entangled in Budget Battles (NEW)

ADVOCACY

  • ACTION ALERT: Presidential Public Financing in Danger (NEW)
  • League Urges Senate to Oppose Elimination of Presidential Public Financing (NEW)
  • ACTION ALERT: Keep Our Air Clean
  • Resources for League Action to Protect the Clean Air Act and the EPA (NEW)
  • League Urges White House to Quickly Appoint EAC Commissioners (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

  • March 17th Webinar: Making Your Annual Meeting Productive and Fun (NEW)

OTHER

  • You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!

 

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Dear League Leader:

It has hardly been a quiet week in Washington, the country or the world. But in all this turmoil, there is an opportunity to make a difference and preserve the presidential public financing system. The House has voted to end the system, and there is legislation pending in the Senate to do the same.

The system has served the nation and presidential candidates of both major parties well for most of its existence and has protected citizens against corruption. The system also has given average citizens and small donors a major role to play in financing our presidential campaigns. 

Now is the time to contact your Senators and urge them to maintain a system that tens of millions of citizens have participated in by using the tax check-off to direct a small amount of their taxes to fund presidential elections. The system is the last remnant of any meaningful campaign finance reform and needs to continue.

In League,

Elisabeth

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EDUCATION FUND (Elections)

Elections: Voter Photo ID (VPID) Entangled in Budget Battles (NEW)
VPID battles are continuing in numerous states around the country. Wisconsin is in the limelight, and the state legislature found an easy pawn in its ongoing budget battle – VPID. The PAVP project has been working closely with the LWVWI to defeat this legislation by focusing on the high cost of implementing this new government program at a time of fiscal crisis. See LWVWI's statement on the passage of the bill in the state senate committee this week. Also, the Brennan Center for Justice has just released a new report on the cost of VPID.

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ADVOCACY

ACTION ALERT: Presidential Public Financing in Danger (NEW)
Take action now! Tell your Senators to oppose the elimination of the presidential public financing system.

League Urges Senate to Oppose Elimination of Presidential Public Financing (NEW)
League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to Senators urging them to oppose S.194 and any other moves to eliminate the public financing system for presidential elections.

ACTION ALERT: Keep Our Air Clean
Take action now! Tell your Senators to oppose any legislation that would block or prevent action to clean up our air and protect the most vulnerable Americans.

Resources for League Action to Protect the Clean Air Act and the EPA (NEW)
The LWVUS Toolkit for Climate Action now includes a set of materials to support your League's work on one of our 2011 advocacy priorities – Clean Air Defense. This new section includes background information and suggestions of things your League can do to help safeguard the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to establish the urgently needed clean air protections called for by the Clean Air Act. Among the resources is this latest Voter-ready article about the Clean Air Act.

League Urges White House to Quickly Appoint EAC Commissioners (NEW)
The League and coalition partners sent a letter to the White House urging the President to quickly appoint commissioners to the Election Assistance Commission. Here is the League’s press release.

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MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP

March 17th Webinar: Making Your Annual Meeting Productive and Fun (NEW)
The annual meeting is one of the most important general membership meetings of the year! It gives members an opportunity to direct the future of their League and to enjoy being a member of this great organization. Is your League ready for its annual meeting? Join us on Thursday, March 17 at 3 PM (ET), when we present our popular webinar, "Making Your Annual Meeting Productive and Fun." Registration is now open! Register here. Remember that more annual meeting resources are available at www.lwv.org. Leagues are also reminded to update any officer changes in the LWVUS member database immediately following their annual meeting.

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OTHER

You Can Make a Gift That Helps Your League at All Three Levels!
Some things never change even in these challenging economic times. The League of Women Voters Education Fund continues to be at the forefront of public policy issue education which allows citizens to thoughtfully engage in the democratic process. By making a gift of cash or securities of $5,000 or more to the LWVEF Pooled Income Fund, you can receive an immediate income tax deduction for a portion of the gift's value and continue earning a quarterly return on the interest earned for life. Best of all, you can name your state and/or local League, along with the LWVEF, to benefit from the residual funds when you're gone. For more information, please contact the Development office at 202-263-1355 or plannedgiving@lwv.org.

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