The first post tells why. It may be too little, but hopefully not too late.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

RE: Radical

Subject: RE: Radical
From: Vanyukov, Michael
To: 'Neera Tanden'
Date Sent: 12/26/2012 12:48:41 PM
Dear Ms. Tanden,

Although I understand that yours was a mass mailing to solicit donations, I can’t help replying to it. This is because, as an immigrant from the Soviet Union, I am well familiar with the ideology you espouse or employ, giving rise to the hateful rhetoric demonizing your political opponents. In your brief message I see no difference from what used to be published in the Soviet newspapers about the “sharks of Wall Street” as a symbol of accursed capitalism. It contains as much truth about the plans of conservatives as any article in Pravda and is worded similarly. I hardly hope you’ll read this message, let alone being affected by it, but on the off chance that happens, I’d suggest that you take some time from your “fight” and read the history of the Soviet Union, where your ideology reached its full bloom. A change in your perspective that might follow could help make your new year truly happy, which I do wish you.

Best regards,

From: Neera Tanden [mailto:progress@americanprogress.org]
Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 12:00 PM
To: Vanyukov, Michael
Subject: Radical

Dear Michael,

We saw many progressive victories in 2012.

But we’re still facing down a radical, conservative ideology espoused by politicians who won’t stop until they get their dream country: One with powerless unions, women blocked from making decisions about their own bodies, and education and health care luxuries reserved for a privileged elite. Our work has been a safeguard against their conservative misinformation campaigns, but we can’t let it up.

We need to raise $150,000 by midnight on December 31 to continue being the leading voice in support of progressive causes. Click here to rush us a tax-deductible donation so that we can keep up our work—no gift is too small to make a difference, even $5.

Our work depends entirely on your support. With your help, we’ve succeeded in defending policies that are at the core of progressive values: Medicare, Social Security, affordable health care, voting rights, and environmental protection. And we’re not going to give in on these issues. They’re too important. We have to keep fighting and we have to do it now.

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Neera Tanden
Center for American Progress

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