(List is attached of the politicians who sold out.)

74 House Democrats and 37 Senate Republicans have signed industry-written letters telling the FCC to abandon efforts to protect Internet users and stop big companies from blocking Internet traffic.

It’s yet another example of dirty politics destroying our democracy, and it has to stop.

Tell Washington: Congress Doesn’t Speak for Me

The nasty little secret that everybody knows? Almost every one of these representatives has accepted massive contributions from the phone and cable lobby. Now the industry is demanding a return on its investment.

Fortunately, your member of Congress isn’t among this group of sellouts. 

By signing the industry letter, these members of Congress have drastically undercut the FCC’s ability to get a fast, affordable and open Internet to everyone in America. They are actually taking a position against the interests of rural and low-income communities.

We aren’t going to let this outrageous and unethical behavior stand. Today, we’re asking hundreds of thousands of Americans to sign our own letter and telling Congress and the FCC that these members of Congress don’t speak for us, President Obama or the millions of other Americans who support a fast, open and affordable Internet.

Don’t Let Dirty Politics Kill Fast, Open and Affordable Internet

That so many members of Congress would intentionally sell out the public may be hard to imagine. Perhaps these representatives didn’t know what they were signing. Or perhaps this is just business as usual, another D.C. betrayal of the public trust. (Is it any wonder the latest Gallup public opinion poll counts a congressional disapproval rating of 73 percent?)

These members of Congress acted on blind faith that phone and cable companies have the best interests of Americans in mind.

But Comcast and AT&T can no better police themselves to protect the open Internet than BP can police itself to protect the oceans. We already know how that ends. The phone and cable companies must play by our rules before it’s too late.

Congress can’t hand over the future of communications to these companies. The results would be disastrous.

By taking action today, you’re telling Congress that these bad deeds won’t go unnoticed.

Thank you,

Timothy Karr
Free Press Action Fund

P.S. Be sure to sign this letter to Washington. Then forward this e-mail to your friends in California and share the action via Twitter and Facebook.

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Net Neutrality Whip List

Seventy-four members of Congress have just signed an industry-drafted letter urging the FCC to abandon efforts to protect Net Neutrality and promote universal broadband access. By signing this letter, these members have sold you out to Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

These members of Congress need to know that their actions are unacceptable. Pick up the phone, send an e-mail or message them on Twitter. Urge our elected officials to say no to industry misinformation, and yes to an open and accessible Internet.

(“Industry and lobbyist money” shows total contributions from telecom companies — including Verizon, Comcast and AT&T — and their hired lobbyists over the course of members’ careers in Congress. Data are provided via the Sunlight Foundation and Open Secrets using Transparency Data.) 

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Name State Party Industry and lobbyist   money Phone E-mail Twitter/Facebook
Rep. Bobby Bright AL-02 D $35,000 (202) 225- 2901 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Mike Ross AR-04 D $65,000 (202) 225-3772 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick AZ-01 D $10,500 (202) 225-2315 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Ed Pastor AZ-04 D $33,500 (202) 225-4065 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords AZ-8 D $27,000 (202) 225-2315 Send E-mail @Rep_Giffords
Rep. Dennis Cardoza CA-18 D $34,500 (202) 225-6131 Send E-mail @RepCardoza
Rep. Jim Costa CA-20 D $35,500 (202) 225-3341 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Laura Richardson CA-37 D $29,000 (202) 225-7924 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Joe Baca CA-43 D $92,000 (202) 225-6161 Send E-mail @bacaca43
Rep. Loretta Sanchez CA-47 D $77,000 (202) 225-2965 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Allen Boyd FL-02 D $58,500 (202) 225-5235 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Corrine Brown FL-03 D $20,500 (202) 225-0123 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Alcee Hastings FL-23 D $28,000 (202) 225-1313 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Suzanne Kosmas FL-24 D $25,000 (202) 225-2706 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Sanford D Bishop, Jr. GA-02 D $52,000 (202) 225-3631 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. John Barrow GA-12 D $87,500 (202) 225-2823 Send E-mail @repjohnbarrow
Rep. David Scott GA-13 D $32,500 (202) 225-2939 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Leonard Boswell IA-03 D $53,500 (202) 225-3806 Send E-mail @leonardboswell
Rep. Wally Minnick ID-01 D n/a (202) 225-6611 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Bobby Rush IL-01 D $128,799 (202) 225-0123 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Debbie Halvorson IL-11 D $5,500 (202) 225-3635 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Baron P Hill IN-09 D $87,374 (202) 225-5315 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Dennis Moore KS-03 D $55,500 (202) 225-2865 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Charlie Melancon LA-03 D $55,000 (202) 225-4031 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Frank Kratovil, Jr. MD-01 D $44,500 (202) 225-5311 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger MD-2 D $47,000 (202) 225-3061 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Elijah Cummings MD-07 D $56,250 (202) 225-4741 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Gary Peters MI-9 D $21,500 (202) 225-5802 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr MO-01 D $40,000 ((202) 225-2406 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Russ Carnahan MO-03 D $38,000 (202) 225-2671 Send E-mail @repcarnahan
Rep. Travis Childers MS-01 D $42,500 (202) 225-4306 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Bennie G Thompson MS-02 D $46,500 (202) 225-5876 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Gene Taylor MS-04 D $14,500 (202) 225.5772 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. G. K. Butterfield NC-01 D $33,500 (202) 225-3101 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Heath Shuler NC-11 D $23,000 (202) 225-6401 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. John Adler NJ-3 D $29,000 (202) 225-4765 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Albio Sires NJ-13 D $28,500 (202) 225-7919 Send E-mail @rep_albio_sires
Rep. Harry Teague NM-2 D $8,000 (202) 225-2365 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Tim Bishop NY-01 D n/a (202) 225-3826 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Gregory Meeks NY-06 D $66,000 (202) 225-3461 Send E-mail @gregorymeeks
Rep. Joseph Crowley NY-07 D $55,000 (202) 225-3965 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Ed Towns NY-10 D n/a (202) 225-5936 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Yvette Clarke NY-11 D $15,000 (202) 225-6231 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Michael McMahon NY-13 D $27,000 (202) 225-3371 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Scott Murphy NY-20 D $17,000 (202) 225-5614 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Bill Owens NY-23 D $3,000 (202) 225-4611 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Michael Arcuri NY-24 D $30,000 (202) 225-3665 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Daniel Maffei NY-25 D $29,000 (202) 225-3701 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Steve Driehaus OH-01 D $6,000 (202) 225-2216 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Charlie Wilson OH-06 D $29,000 (202) 225-5705 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Marcia Fudge OH-11 D $11,000 (202) 225-7032 Send E-mail @mlfudge
Rep. Zachary T. Space OH-18 D $39,500 (202) 225-6265 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Dan Boren OK-02 D $31,500 (202) 225-2701 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Kurt Schrader OR-05 D $25,000 (202) 225-5711 Send E-mail @repschrader
Rep. Robert Brady PA-01 D $56,100 (202) 225-4731 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Chaka Fattah PA-02 D $46,500 (202) 225-4001 Send E-mail @chakafattah
Rep. Kathleen Dahlkemper PA-03 D $20,500 (202) 225-5406 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Jason Altmire PA-04 D $39,500 (202) 225-2565 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Christopher Carney PA-10 D n/a (202) 225-3731 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Allyson Schwartz PA-13 D $58,250 (202) 225-6111 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Tim Holden PA-17 D $47,500 (202) 225-5546 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Lincoln Davis TN-04 D $29,500 (202) 225-6831 <Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. John Tanner TN-08 D $61,300 (202) 225-4714 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Al Green TX-09 D $36,000 (202) 225-7508 Send E-mail n/a
Rep. Ruben Hinojosa TX-15 D $35,500 (202) 225-2531 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Charlie Gonzalez TX-20 D $33,500 (202) 225-3236 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Ciro Rodriguez TX-23 D $36,750 (202) 225-4511 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Solomon Ortiz TX-27 D $31,500 (202) 225-7742 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Henry Cuellar TX-28 D $23,000 (202) 225-1640 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Gene Green TX-29 D $111,199 (202) 225-1688 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson TX-30 D $32,500 (202) 225-8885 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Glenn Nye VA-02 D $24,833 (202) 225-4215 Send E-mail @glennnye
Rep. Rick Larsen WA-02 D $29,500 (202) 225-2605 Send E-mail Facebook
Rep. Nick Rahall WV-03 D $32,000 (202) 225-3452 Send E-mail Facebook