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Here is a report I got from DPA:

[FONT=Trebuchet MS, Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]Karl Rove and John Walters are Stealing Your Cash[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]Dear Zed,[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]For years President Bush has wasted taxpayer money on drug war programs that even his own analysts have concluded are ineffective. Now we know why.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]A recent Congressional investigation found that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) used taxpayer money to boost support for Republican candidates in 2006. U.S. Drug Czar John Walters and his deputies traveled to almost 20 events with vulnerable Republican members of Congress in the months prior to the election. The taxpayer-financed trips were orchestrated by President Bush's political advisors and often combined with the announcement of federal grants or actions that made the Republican candidates look good in their districts. Karl Rove commended ONDCP officials for "going above and beyond the call of duty" in making "surrogate appearances" in "the god awful places we sent them." Those "god awful places" included cities like South Bend, Indiana, my hometown.[/FONT]

[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]At the same time Walters was spending taxpayer money campaigning on behalf of vulnerable Republicans, President Bush was increasing funding for Walters' favorite programs, the anti-marijuana ad campaign and the student drug testing program. This kind of I'll-scratch-your-back-if-you-scratch-mine arrangement is outrageous, even by Washington standards![/FONT]
Email Congress.
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]Donate Now.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]And this corruption is just the tip of the iceberg. ONDCP has a long history of using taxpayer money to oppose drug policy reform. For instance, ONDCP bureaucrats traveled to New Mexico at least four times in 12 months--at your expense--to lobby state legislators to oppose the Drug Policy Alliance's medical marijuana legislation. Fortunately, the legislature passed our bill anyway and seriously ill people in New Mexico will finally have access to legal medical marijuana.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]We truly are in a David vs. Goliath fight here. ONDCP's annual budget is 67 times greater than ours; and while we rely upon the voluntary donations of supporters like you, the drug war extremists can dig into the taxpayers' purse any time they want. [/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]There are two things you can do to help level the playing field:[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]1) Email Congress and urge your representatives to pass legislation prohibiting ONDCP from using taxpayer money to lobby or influence elections.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]2) Donate so we can rein in ONDCP and fight the politicians and special interests that benefit from the war on drugs.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]DPA has a strong track record on this issue. In 2003 we beat back an attempt in Congress by Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) to allow the White House to use taxpayer money to run attack ads against pro-drug policy reform candidates and ballot measures. Our campaign garnered national media attention and helped make Rep. Souder a laughingstock in Congress. Three years later we turned the tables on Souder and passed a provision prohibiting ONDCP from ever using the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to oppose pro-reform candidates or ballot measures.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]Now we have an opportunity to really go after the Drug Czar. With your support we can push for hearings on this latest drug war scandal, work to ensure that ONDCP staff are punished for any laws they broke, and close the campaign finance loophole that allows ONDCP to spend taxpayer money lobbying against drug policy reform. Please take a minute today to email Congress. And if you can, please donate to this important campaign.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]Thank you,[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]Bill Piper[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]Director of National Affairs[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]Drug Policy Alliance[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]More Information:[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]A recently released November 20, 2006, memo from Sara Taylor, the former White House Director of Political Affairs, summarizes the travel Drug Czar John Walters took at her request. All of the events were with Republicans in close races. An agency e-mail sent the following day describes how Karl Rove commended his agency (and three cabinet departments - Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture) for "going above and beyond the call of duty" in making "surrogate appearances" at locations the e-mail described as "the god awful places we sent them."[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]That e-mail, as well as e-mails that followed, show that ONDCP officials were proud of the commendation they received from Mr. Rove and the political travel they took using taxpayer dollars. According to ONDCP's liaison to the White House, Douglas Simon, "Our hard work in preparing the Director and Deputies for their trips and events" allowed them to travel "thousands of miles to attend numerous events all across the country." [/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]This information came out as the result of an ongoing investigation by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva, Arial, sans-serif]Read the memos, e-mails, and other evidence.[/FONT]
Read a Washington Post story.


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Way to go Zed!! You beat me to the punch! Good job.

Please sign this every one. You can add a PS at the end of the letter that will grab more attention than the letter. Just be polite & be as brief as you can.

Also if you have not signed the petition under "Urge US Congress to ease up on medical cannabis" please check it out & do so. If we don't do it won't get done. I for one, don't like the idea of hiding my garden from the cops & want to see cannabis & hemp RE legalized. I do not think it's right to have to worry about going to jail for growing my own medicine. If you feel the same, please read & sign the letter & petition.

Thank you!



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That's good stuff to know. Thanks, Zed.

I sent the emails to congress - 'everyone' here should..


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My emails are sent Mr Z. Thanks for the heads-up!:3::peace:


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Done, thanks Zed! :rasta:
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