Action Alerts · Ethics · Russian Scandal, Emoluments Clause · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms

Tell Congress to Tell Trump to Fully Comply With The Emoluments Clause

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

Tell your House Rep that you want Trump to comply with the Constitution by fully and properly tracking the payments that his businesses receive from foreign governments.

 

A previous OTYCD post noted how Trump was in violation of the Constitution the day he took office, because of the Emoluments clause, which states that the president cannot receive gifts or payments from foreign governments. Having hotels and resorts all over the world–Washington D.C. included–with his name on them complicates the matter significantly.

 

In order to have a hope of complying, Trump has to track all the payments his many and varied business entities receive. Initially, his organization promised that it would donate all the profits it earned from foreign governments to the U.S. Treasury.

 

Well, on May 24, the Trump organization said it was not going to do the full due diligence required to be in compliance with the Emoluments clause, evidently because it’s just too damn hard. In an eight-page pamphlet it sent to the House Oversight Committee, it stated:

“To fully and completely identify all patronage at our Properties by customer type is impractical in the service industry and putting forth a policy that requires all guests to identify themselves would impede upon personal privacy and diminish the guest experience of our brand.”

 

Elijah Cummings, minority leader of the house committee, shot back with deserved anger, saying the pamphlet “raised grave concerns about the president’s refusal to comply with the Constitution.”

 

We at OTYCD are asking you to back Cummings up by calling your house reps and demanding that the Trump organization do everything it can to get right with the Constitution, even if it’s wildly inconvenient. The sanctity of the Constitution is more important than the “guest experience” at Trump’s properties.

 

If your house rep IS Elijah Cummings, call him to thank him for doing the right thing.

 

Otherwise, riff off of this sample script:

“Dear House Rep (Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code), and I am calling to ask you to demand that the Trump organization do everything it can to prove that its business entities are in compliance with the Emoluments clause of the Constitution. In late May, the organization said it would not do the work involved in confirming that its entities were respecting the Constitution because doing so might affect the quality of the “guest experience” at Trump hotels and resorts. Well, maybe Trump should have thought that through before he ran for president. The Constitution is priceless. The guest experience at Trump properties is not. If his guests have to suffer a little to ensure that the Constitution receives due respect, that’s a small price to pay, and Trump can eat it.”

 

 

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Read about the Trump organization’s refusal to fully comply with the standards required by the Constitution:

https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/527997/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/05/24/trump-shows-he-wasnt-serious-about-shunning-emoluments/?utm_term=.b22e01bd7440

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-failing-track-foreign-cash-his-hotels-n764061

 

 

Read the eight-page pamphlet that team Trump prepared for the House Oversight Committee:

https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/documents/Trump%20Org%20Pamphlet%20on%20Foreign%20Profits.pdf

 

 

Read Elijah Cummings’s rejoinder:

https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/documents/2017-05-24.EEC%20to%20Trump%20Organization.pdf

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Help Swing Left Swing the Country Left

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

Join forces with Swing Left, an organization that aims to flip control of the House of Representatives to the Democratic Party in 2018.

 

Swing Left was one of the many progressive civic groups that rose from the ashes of the 2016 election. Its leaders estimate that if we successfully defend the 17 vulnerable Democrat-held house seats and gain 24 more, Democrats can win control of that chamber.

 

Swing Left has identified 64 “swing districts”–those where Clinton beat Trump by 15 percent of the vote or less, or districts that have a large number of Swing Left volunteers. If Democrats win 65 percent of the swing districts, the house is theirs.

 

If you plug your geographical information into the Swing Left search engine, it will tell you where your nearest swing district is. It might be relatively far from you. It could be the next district over. Or, you could be living in it.

 

Once you know where your swing district is, you can consider how best to help turn it blue–joining forces with volunteers, phone-banking, canvassing, attending events, fundraising or donating to candidates, and more.

 

 

See the Swing Left website:

https://swingleft.org

 

 

Read its ‘About’ and ‘FAQ’ pages:

https://swingleft.org/about

https://swingleft.org/faq

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Read a January 2017 New Yorker story on Swing Left’s origins:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/jia-tolentino/swing-left-and-the-post-election-surge-of-progressive-activism

 

 

See its Volunteer Dashboard:

https://swingleft.org/volunteer-dashboard

 

 

Donate to Swing Left:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/swingleft

 

 

Follow Swing Left on Twitter:

@swingleft

 

 

Candidates · Choose Your Core Four · Elections

Support Dr. Christine Mann, Who Is Running for a Texas House Seat in 2018

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

 

Support Dr. Christine Mann, who is running for the House of Representatives seat in Texas’s District 31 in 2018.

 

Dr. Mann is a family physician in central Texas. She is a progressive Democrat who favors strengthening the ACA by expanding Medicaid, offering a public option, and working toward universal coverage. She favors universal Pre-K and tuition-free higher education programs. She is pro-LGBTQ rights, pro women’s rights, and wants to pursue programs that bridge the inequality gap and reduce poverty.

 

She had long wanted to run for office but was finally moved to act by the outcome of the November 2016 election.

 

Note: As of early July, not every subject on her Issues page worked.

 

 

See her campaign website:

https://christine4congress.com

 

 

See her ‘Biography’ and ‘About’ pages:

https://christine4congress.com/about

https://christine4congress.com/biography

 

 

Consider her for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

See her Crowdpac page:

https://www.crowdpac.com/candidates/58ea7a4e914fec18c81f2554/christine-mann

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@DrMann4Congress

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Christine4Congress/

 

 

Donate to her campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/dr–christine-eady-mann-1

Elections

Support Tom Taylor, Who Will Challenge Utah House Rep Mia Love in 2018

This OTYCD entry originally posted in Septemeber 2017.

Support Democrat Tom Taylor, who will run against Republican Utah House Rep Mia Love for the 4th District seat in 2018. 

 

Taylor is a longtime Salt Lake City resident and a married father of one. He earned a Ph.D in robotics from the University of Utah. He pledges to create laws that are based on evidence, and hooray for that.

 

He supports Medicare for all. He specifically lists fighting economic inequality and ending gerrymandering, and enacting campaign finance reform as planks in his campaign platform. He wants to strengthen public schools, and he calls out Betsy DeVos by name on the Issues page of his web site, under ‘Strengthen Our Educational System’. He’ll counter climate change and will protect public lands from corporate exploitation.

 

Love is in her second term. Ballotpedia called the 2016 house election in this district a “Race to Watch,” and Love ultimately beat her Democratic challenger by five points. The 4th Congressional district covers central Utah and is relatively new, having been created after the 2010 census.

 

 

See Taylor’s campaign website:

https://www.tomforutah.com/index.php

 

 

See his ‘About’ and ‘Issues’ pages:

https://www.tomforutah.com/about.php

https://www.tomforutah.com/issues.php

 

 

Consider Taylor for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Volunteer for Taylor (you have to scroll down a bit)

https://www.tomforutah.com/join.php

 

 

Donate to Taylor:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/thomastaylor

 

 

Like his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/TomForUtah/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@tomforutah

 

 

See the Ballotpedia page on Utah’s 4th Congressional District:

https://ballotpedia.org/Utah%27s_4th_Congressional_District

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Support Democrat Mai Khanh Tran’s Bid to Unseat California House Rep Ed Royce in 2018

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

Support Democrat Mai Khanh Tran in her effort to push longtime Republican incumbent Ed Royce out of his Congressional House seat in California in 2018.

 

Tran is a pediatrician who was among the last of the children airlifted from Vietnam. She worked her way through her Harvard undergraduate degree as a janitor. (Pell grants helped, too.) She went on to Dartmouth-Brown Medical School.

 

She was moved to run after the election when she ministered to a girl suffering from a brain tumor who would lose her insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act was repealed, as Republicans were threatening to do. She herself is a two-time breast cancer survivor and became a mother at age 46 following eight rounds of IVF treatment.

 

Tran is going up against Republican Ed Royce, a 12-term House rep in California’s 39th District. The area and Orange County in general used to be a Republican stronghold, but it’s been gradually shifting blue. Tran hopes to take advantage of those facts, but she knows she faces a real fight.

 

 

See Tran’s campaign website, and scroll down for her bio and key issues:

https://doctran2018.com

 

 

Consider her for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Donate to Tran:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/314action_tran?refcode=314website

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/DocTran2018/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@DocTran2018

 

 

See her 314 Action page:

http://www.314action.org/mai-khanh-tran

 

 

See 314 Action’s Endorsed Candidates page:

http://www.314action.org/endorsed-candidates/

 

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

 

 

See her Emily’s List page:

http://www.emilyslist.org/candidates/mai-khanh-tran

 

 

See all of the Emily’s List candidates:

https://www.emilyslist.org/donate

 

 

Donate to Emily’s List:

https://secure.emilyslist.org/page/contribute/donate-to-emily

 

 

Read more stories about Tran and her candidacy:

http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a46875/mai-khanh-california-congress-pediatrician/

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/congress-the-doctors-will-see-you-now/527244/

 

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Support Randy Bryce’s Bid to Unseat House Rep Paul Ryan in Wisconsin

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

 

Support Randy Bryce, aka “Ironstache”, and his bid to push Speaker of the House Paul Ryan out of his seat in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.

 

Lots of good people have stepped up to challenge Republican villains in the House, but few have been as flamboyant and fun to watch as Randy Bryce, who also goes by the name Ironstache.

 

Bryce created a powerful online-only campaign ad that reaped heaps of press and helped him rack up donations like crazy. He launched his campaign on June 19 and had pulled in $430,000 by early July–given by more than 16,000 people.

 

Bryce is a union ironworker, an Army veteran, and a cancer survivor. He is the political coordinator for Ironworkers Local 8. He supports a single-payer health care system, reproductive rights, comprehensive immigration reform, campaign finance reform, and measures that fight climate change.

 

 

See Bryce’s website:

http://randybryceforcongress.com

 

 

See his Meet Me and Why I’m Running pages:

http://randybryceforcongress.com/about/

http://randybryceforcongress.com/why-im-running/

 

 

Consider Bryce for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Volunteer for Bryce’s campaign:

https://secure.randybryceforcongress.com/page/s/volunteer

 

 

Donate to Bryce:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/randy-bryce-for-congress-1?refcode=home

 

 

See Bryce’s campaign ad, a viral sensation, and learn why it’s so powerful:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/07/06/how-the-ironstache-ad-was-born-215341

 

 

Read about Bryce’s fundraising efforts:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/ryan-challenger-randy-iron-stach-bryce-raises-over-430000-dollars-in-12-days-per-campaign

 

 

See his page on Crowdpac:

https://www.crowdpac.com/candidates/594ae08bb64d36c84ba34c25/randy-bryce

 

 

Like Bryce on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/RandyBryce2018

 

 

Follow Bryce on Twitter:

@Ironstache

 

Elections

Support Dr. Kyle Horton, Who’s Running for a North Carolina House Seat

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Support Dr. Kyle Horton, who is running for North Carolina’s 7th District House seat in 2018.

 

Horton is an internal medicine physician who also holds a masters of business administration. She supports fixing the Affordable Care Act, clean water, jobs that pay a living wage, and unions. She has pledged to refuse donations from corporations that pollute and place their profits over the well-being of people. She is a longtime advocate for veterans and their needs.

 

She will run against Republican David Rouzer, a two-term house member who won with about 60 percent of the vote each time.

 

See Horton’s website:

http://www.drkyleforcongress.com

 

 

Consider Horton for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

See her Crowdpac page:

https://www.crowdpac.com/candidates/595e6361b64d369f1fe993fa/dr-kyle-horton

 

 

Volunteer for Horton:

http://www.drkyleforcongress.com/#volunteer

 

 

Donate to Horton:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/drkyle

 

 

Like Horton’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/drkyle4congress

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@drkyle4congress