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Letter to our Members

2009 August 25 - Bonnie


Dear Lost Member:


Both KMart and I regretted it.


I was the odd kid that had zero interest in cars, yet KMart wanted to make me an Automotive Manager. Stocking and payroll went just fine but the first time I sold some radial tires I forgot the lug nuts on the right rear. Thirty seconds into his drive the owner's new Buick collapsed in the parking lot.


Thirty years later and I am watching the wheels come off again.


I left that parking lot and walked into politics -- something I was actually interested in -- and as it turns out better at. I put in a few years working for various Congressmen; Udall, Mondale and Moynihan, if you are old enough to remember those guys -- then a few more as a State Senator, Corporation Commissioner and as my party's nominee for a seat in the U.S. Senate.


I was in my thirties when I quit politics. I had found something more important to do: Project Vote Smart. I was certain that it would save the world from the corruption and manipulation of politicians and their campaigns. What better thing to do, I thought, than help ensure the citizen's right to know?


Every year at this Project we have been able to build that right to know bigger, better, faster and cheaper, but we have never done it quite like this. As one supporting foundation put it, "Richard, the wheels have come off. Our losses in the stock market make it impossible to ...

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