Monday, October 01, 2012

Presidential Debates with only the Ds and Rs suck

Dear Open Debates Supporters,

We have some exciting news. In direct response to an email and letter-writing campaign from our allies and supporters, three of the ten corporations that sponsor the Commission on Presidential Debates have withdrawn their sponsorship! Over the past week, advertising agency BBH New York, nonprofit women’s group YWCA and tech giant Philips North America have withdrawn their sponsorship of the Commission. YWCA explained its decision: “As a nonpartisan organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, we have decided to withdraw our sponsorship effective immediately.”

Here is a good article on the events:

We want to keep the heat on and persuade the remaining seven sponsors to withdraw their support of their Commission. Please contact the following seven companies and foundations at the listed address and express your desire for them to withdraw sponsorship. Note that Anheuser-Busch remains, by far, the largest sponsor of the Commission on Presidential Debates; these debates are largely brought to you by Bud.

Crowell & Moring LLP
At Crowell – Moring LLC, the Chairman is Kent A. Gardiner and his email is

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
One Busch Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
E-mail Contact Form:

Southwest Airlines
P.O. Box 36647-1CR

Dallas, Texas 75235

The Howard G. Buffet Foundation
158 W Prairie Ave, Suite 107
Decatur, IL 62523-1442
121 S 51st St
Omaha, NE 68132

Sheldon S. Cohen, Esq.
Farr, Miller & Washington
1020 19th Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
202-530-5508 Fax

International Bottled Water Association
1700 Diagonal Road
Suite 650
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-4074 Fax
800-WATER-11 (Information Hotline)

The Kovler Fund
aka Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship
c/o John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125
617-514-1625 Fax

Thank you for your support!
- Open Debates Team

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