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A message from Richard Kimball, President

31 January 2012

Tens of thousands of Americans have put their effort, their support, even their reputation into building Project Vote Smart and as a result, it has won every award imaginable. However, because of the mess politicians have steered us into, it is clear there are still so many Americans unaware of our work to change this country’s course.

I’m not asking you for a donation. What I am asking for is something far easier and more influential. I am hopeful that with a push from our board, our members, our volunteers, and lastly, from the millions of citizens who have simply used our resources, we will be able to turn the corner and really reach our fellow Americans.

What I’m asking is that you watch, and then forward this message and video to your entire email list, or, at the very least, a dozen friends or colleagues who you know would be interested in helping us change our country’s future if they only knew what is being built here at Vote Smart.

The Founding Fathers’ greatest fear was that in the end, people would simply form factions, and rather than fight for the common good, they would form selfish interests and fight over the gifts they could vote themselves from the public treasury. That day has come, and without what we have built at Vote Smart, reason and civility can not regain the advantage.

Our free and accessible database found at is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg. Think of what we could accomplish if we could only get our friends and family to understand the importance of Vote Smart. We could bring an end to the abuse and enable again honorable citizens to offer themselves for public service and survive a political campaign.

You should know Vote Smart does not accept contributions from lobbyists, special interest groups or PACs, and instead we rely on concerned citizens like you for growth and support. Real change never comes from above. It always starts with a groundswell from below.

You should also know in a democracy, knowledge is power. If we all simply pull our oars together we can create a movement strong enough to re-shape our nation’s future where voters choose fact over fiction. Let's no longer keep Vote Smart a secret! Not when the stakes are so high. Give those you know a chance to join us, to harness this powerful game changer we call Vote Smart.

Please watch this short video and share it with all you know.

Best Wishes,

Richard Kimball
Project Vote Smart  

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