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Wednesday, May 14, 2003


AS a high powered and influential Democratic Party eCaptain I get lots of vitally important e-mail from lots of vitally important people. They expect me to share it with you.

From: "Terry McAuliffe"
To: "John Greyhawk"
Subject: Action Alert: Contact Congress This Wednesday
Date: Tue, 13 May 2003 17:45:39 -0500

Dear John Greyhawk,

Last week, I told you how the Democratic Party is partnering with, People for the American Way, Campaign for America's Future, and dozens of other groups representing millions of Americans to organize a massive public mobilization opposing the irresponsible Bush tax scheme.

On Wednesday, May 14, I'm asking you to join hundreds of thousands of activists across the nation as we call our members of Congress to stand up in opposition to the Bush plan to give billions in new tax breaks to the wealthiest sliver of Americans.

Click here to get contact information for your Senators and Representatives and call and email them this Wednesday.

Key Points to Make
When you call and email your members of Congress, be sure to mention the following important points:

The tax cuts in the Bush plan overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest sliver of Americans, providing little relief to most working families.
The Bush plan does nothing to help states confront their worst fiscal crisis since World War II. States have been forced to cut vital programs -- for education, health care, homeland security, and more -- and even raise taxes on working families.
The irresponsible Bush tax scheme will create enormous new debts for the next generation.
Democrats in Congress have introduced a real stimulus plan that will get our economy moving again, with targeted tax breaks, aid for cash-strapped states and small businesses, and an extension of unemployment benefits.

You can make a difference by calling and emailing your members of Congress today.

Click here to get contact information for your Senators and Representatives and let them know that you oppose the irresponsible Bush tax scheme and support the sensible, effective Democratic stimulus plan.


Terence R. McAuliffe

From: "Peter Schurman,"
To: "john greyhawk"
Subject: Call Washington: Who gains from the tax & budget cuts?
Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 06:33:21 -0700 (PDT)

Dear MoveOn member,

This is it -- the culmination of our countdown. We need your help. Today, hundreds of thousands of people will call on their Senators to vote against new tax cuts for millionaires, so we can save our kids' schools and other vital programs from the budget axe. Will you join us and call today? The final votes could come as soon as tomorrow.

Many members of the Bush administration stand to benefit handsomely from the new cuts: "Treasury Secretary John Snow tops the list with a $275,000 windfall... Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld could pocket an extra $184,000. And not far behind is the $181,000 that could go to Secretary of Commerce Don Evans," according to AFSCME.*

In fact, many Senators themselves are likely to reap enormous windfalls. For example, Bill Frist, the Senate Republican leader, has an estimated net worth of $20 million.** What do these Senators and their well-off friends stand to gain from these cuts? Let's ask them.

Please call your Senators now! Make sure the staffers know you're a constituent, and urge your Senators to please OPPOSE all new tax cuts. Then, if you like, ask them how much they will personally pocket if these cuts pass. Or, if you prefer, tell them some of the reasons you're personally opposed to the cuts.

Please let us know you're making these important calls, at:

The IRS has a special form for tax refunds of one million dollars or more. Why not download it from the link below, and fax it to your Senators, with a note scrawled across it, saying:

"Thought you might need this."

Here’s the form:

Our "Pain and Gain" campaign this week has been a terrific success. All week, Americans have stepped forward to demand that our Senators and Representatives take care of our schools, our fire departments, our local hospitals, and our economy, before creating hundreds of billions in new tax breaks for millionaires.

A powerful coalition of organizations has rallied to the cause, including the Campaign for America's Future, the Children's Defense Fund, the Sierra Club, People for the American Way, True Majority, USAction, the Service Employees International Union, Working Assets, the AFL-CIO, the Democratic National Committee, and many other
members of the Fair Taxes for All Coalition. Collectively, we are directly reaching more than 5 million people in this campaign.

In just the past week, we've:

- Run TV ads telling the story of parents in Oregon who gave blood to cover a teacher's salary as their local school grappled with budget cuts. These parents literally opened their veins to make sure our schools are funded. MoveOn members contributed more than $200,000 in 48 hours to make sure Washington heard their story.***

Our special thanks go out to the members of Arizona Citizen Action: Cox cable in Arizona initially refuse our ad, but these folks swung into action, drawing attention to Cox' censorship and winning a reversal -- Cox is now airing our ad.

- We've gathered and delivered the personal stories of more than 50,000 Americans opposed to new tax and budget cuts, among more than 100,000 signatures, on our petition to "Save our Schools from Budget Disaster."

- We've sent more than 50,000 faxes to Senators and more than 500 letters to newspaper editors.

- We've generated news stories on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX, and the Associated Press. See below for one recent story.

Thanks for making all this possible. It's been an amazing campaign. Please help make the final impact as big as possible by calling your Senators now.

Thanks again.


- Carrie, Eli, Joan, Peter, Wes, and Zack
The MoveOn Team
May 14th, 2003

From: America's Future
Subject: URGENT - National Call-In Day TODAY!!!
Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 12:25:17 -0400 (EDT

National Call-in Day
Fair Taxes for All Coalition (
MoveOn.Org (
Campaign for America's Future (

Call in Day TODAY!!
Call in Day TODAY!!

(888) 280-6279 toll free (paid for by the AFL-CIO)

A final vote is expected in the U.S. Senate as early as tomorrow on massive new tax breaks.

With your call today, you will join hundreds of thousands of Americans in voicing our strong opposition to this reckless giveaway.

Across the country, school and hospital personnel are being handed pink slips, environmental protections are being scaled back, unemployment is rising, and our roads and bridges are crumbling. Just one part of the president's tax plan would give Treasury Secretary John Snow a tax break of $275,000 and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld would get $184,000, according to Citizens for Tax Justice. We can hope they'll spend their windfall at a school bakesale, but is this really the best way to improve our schools and put Americans to work?

This call-in day is part of an ongoing campaign to stop these ridiculous tax breaks, protect our priorities, and get our economy on the right track. Thank you for doing your part.

**Please make the call - tell your Senators to get their priorities straight!**

Call toll free (888) 280-6279 (paid for by the AFL-CIO)

See below for what to do and talking points to help you with your call.

1) Forward this email to 10 people you know.

2) Call the Capitol switchboard toll free at (888) 280-6279 (paid for by the AFL-CIO). If you can't get through, try calling the switchboard yourself at (202) 224-3121 or visit to look up your Senators' local phone numbers.

3) Ask for your Senator by name and the switchboard operator will patch you through to their office. When you reach your Senator's office, ask to leave a message for the Senator.

4) Use the talking points below or deliver a personal message. Be sure to insist on leaving your name and address and ask for a letter back. As a constituent, you deserve to know how your Senator acts on your request.

5) After your call - Send a FREE FAX to your Senator by visiting You can chose one of six messages to send your Senator and sign up to get more information.

I'm calling to ask the Senator to vote against the tax breaks this week. Most of the tax breaks will go to America's wealthiest, who need help the least.

I'm specifically concerned about America's deteriorating (chose one or more)

--Employment rate
--Education system
--Healthcare system
--Environmental protection system
--Social Security system
--Long-term financial health

I want the Senator to write me back to tell me how he/she voted on the tax breaks and how that vote will help strengthen (chose one or more)

--Jobs for all
--Our schools
--Healthcare in America
--Environmental protections
--Social Security
--America's long-term financial health

Thanks for making the call and doing your part!, the Seven Day Countdown and National Call-in Day on May 14 is joint emergency effort of, the Campaign for Americas Future, the Fair Taxes for All Coalition, and groups representing millions of Americans.

From: "Dr.Anayo Awka"
Date: Mon, 12 May 2003 22:09:04 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Friend,


Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction, this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day.We have decided to contact you due to the urgency of
this transaction, as we have been reliably informed of it's swiftness and confidentiality.

Let me start by first introducing myself properly to you. I am Dr. Anayo Awka, A Manager at the Continental Trust Bank PLC, Lagos. I came to know of you in my private search for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction, which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account requiring maximum confidence.

A foreigner, Late Engineer William Adams, an oil Merchant /contractor with the federal Government of Nigeria, until his death three years ago in a ghastly air crash, banked with us here at the Continental Trust Bank PLC, Lagos, and had a closing balance of USD$22.2M (Twenty-Two Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which the bank now unquestionably expects to be claimed by any of his available foreign next of kin or alternatively be donated to a discredited trust fund for arms and ammunition at a military war collage here in Nigeria.

Fervent valuable efforts are being made by this bank to get in touch with any of late Engr. William Adams's next of kin (he had no known wife and hildren), but all our efforts proof abortive. Right now, the management and the Board of directors of this bank has made an arrangement for the fund to be declared "UNCLAIMABLE " and then be subsequently donated to the trust fund for Arms and Ammunition, which will further enhance the course of war in Africa and the world in general. In order to avert this negative
development, myself and some of my trusted colleagues in the bank now seek for your permission to have you stand as late Engr.WILLIAMS ADAMS's next of kin so that this fund (USD$22.2M) would be subsequently transferred and paid into your bank account as the beneficiary next of kin.

All documents and proves to enable you get this fund have been carefully worked out and we are assuring you a 100% risk free involvement. Your share would be 30% of the total amount. 10% has been set aside for expenses, while the rest would be for myself and my colleagues for purposes in your country. If this proposal is OK by you and you do not wish to take advantage of the trust we hope to bestow on you and your company, then kindly get to me immediately via my e-mail address furnishing me with your most confidential telephone, fax and e-mail, so that I can forward to you the relevant details of this transaction.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.


Dr. Anayo Awka