I join Larry Lessig in encouraging U.S. citizens everywhere to contact elected officials and encourage them to take the Change Congress pledge. We simply MUST come together as an electorate and nation to end earmarks and other forms of corruption in our political system. We must act to reduce the power of special interests to control the political process at national, state and local levels. Changes of these types will not happen if we, as citizens, remain bystanders in the political process. We must become active and use the communication tools at our fingertips as well as the personal and social networks in which we are involved to promote this cause. We must write letters, and we must open our wallets to support this change movement.

Change Congress

If you are a Canadien citizen, I encourage you to consider joining and supporting the “I Believe In Open” organization, which is mirroring much of the work of Change Congress in Canada.

In taking the Change Congress citizen pledge, I agree to the following:

This Pledge agrees with the following reforms:

I will accept contributions from individuals only, lobbyists excepted.
I will support the fundamental reform of congressional earmarks.
I will support reform to increase transparency in Congress.
I will support public financing of public elections.

Here is the text of the email I sent to my elected officials this evening and one official running for national office:

Dear Mary:

I am one of your constituents living in Edmond, Oklahoma. I am writing to encourage you to take the Change Congress pledge. I have taken it, and encourage you to make the same commitments I have as an elected official for Oklahoma:

I will accept contributions from individuals only, lobbyists excepted.
I will support the fundamental reform of congressional earmarks.
I will support reform to increase transparency in Congress.
I will support public financing of public elections.

Please visit the Change Congress website and take the pledge! We need your leadership to reduce corruption in our political system and improve our republican form of government.

http://change-congress.org/

Sincerely,

Wesley

Wesley Fryer
http://www.speedofcreativity.org
skype: wfryer
http://claimid.com/wfryer

The form letter suggested by Change Congress, for elected officials who have not responded to the pledge request sent two months ago, is:

Dear Congresswoman/Congressman/Candidate _________,
I am writing on behalf of Change Congress. We sent you a letter a few months ago asking you to state your support for the four government reform pledges. Since we have not received a response yet we are contacting you again.

Please state your support for any of the following pledges:

1. 1. I will no longer accept contributions from lobbyists or corporate political action committees.
2. 2. I will work to support the fundamental reform of earmarks in Congress.
3. 3. I will support reform to increase transparency in Congress.
4. 4. I will support public financing of public elections.

You can mail your response back to:

Change Congress
543 Howard Street
4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Or you can go to website link in the original letter sent to your offices and enter your unique code to fill out the pledge online.
We are looking forward to your response.

Thank you,

YOUR NAME
YOUR ADDRESS

Take a few minutes and contact your members of Congress today about Change Congress. If you and I don’t take action on these issues, who is going to? We must step up and lead our communities on these issues, because in many cases (certainly here in Oklahoma) our elected officials currently are NOT providing this leadership we need.

Learn more about the Change Congress movement by reading the about page on the organizational website.

The above video and others from Change Congress is available on the organizational website on blip.tv.

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