Monday, September 06, 2004
Contacts and Sample Letter for SponsorsContact:
Anheuser-Busch, Inc. (General Contact)
One Busch Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
Sandra E. Ulsh, President (General Contact)
Ford Motor Company Fund
One American Road
P.O. Box 1899
Dearborn, MI 48126
AARP (General Contact)
601 E Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20049
NOTE: With all e-mails please cc: DBcontactmade@yahoo.com
Dear Debate Sponsor,
I am writing regarding your past sponsorship of the presidential debates, an endeavor that could be and should be both noble and honorable. However as more Americans become aware of the blatant biases and obvious bi-partisanship of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) the wisdom of your organization's sponsorship comes into question.
Statements made by the co-chairs of the CPD, republican Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. and democrat Paul G. Kirk, Jr. make it clear that they intend to exclude third parties and control political discourse. This manipulation of such an important part of our political process is an affront to democracy and your organization's support of the CPD is therefore troubling.
Recently the CPD's tax exempt status has been challenged and a federal judge has ordered the FEC to investigate the CPD for violations of election law. You need to look within your organization and within yourself and ask if the CPD's debates are really something with which you want to be associated. Political scandals could adversely affect your corporation and it's marketing strategies.
I ask that you decline to sponsor the CPD debates as you have in the past and join the many voices demanding open debates for viable third party candidates such as Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party.
Thank you for participating,
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