FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 03, 2008
In Key Michigan Races, Hard Work, Persistence,
Personal Contact, Makes Difference
Nearly 500,000 Michigan Environmental Voter Contacts
Clean Water Action in Michigan, the 2008 elections
are as much about executing an effective and detailed grassroots voter
contact plan as it is about the tens of millions of dollars being spent
Clean Water Action reached out to its members and through its
federal and state political action committees with the general public. By Election Day, Clean
Water Action estimates its grassroots organizers and canvassers will
have made 498,000 voter contacts in Michigan. This includes:
voter contacts made at the door
voter contacts by phone
candidate preference IDs
- 326,850 mailings to Michigan voters
sophisticated on-the-ground outreach efforts are neither new nor
unusual for Clean Water Action.
With more than 235,000 Michigan members, Clean Water Action has
established a second-to-none reputation for savvy and highly-focused
Recognized for its door-to-door canvassing and phone-banking
efforts, Clean Water Action prides itself on direct contact with
voters, identifying concerns – and then mobilizing voters to get out
and vote, holding elected officials accountable for their actions on
environmental and health issues.
all the attention placed on the record-breaking amounts of money raised
and spent in this election cycle, it's important we also understand the
important record-breaking personal contacts made in these key Michigan
races," said Michigan Director Cyndi Roper. "On Election Day, many
voters will turn out to vote because someone – a friend, a neighbor, a
family member – asked them to do so. And on Election Day, it
will be their votes that, in many key races across Michigan can – and
will – make the difference."
"One of our core principles is that grassroots organizing and
personal contact empowers people to take action. Now, more than ever, we
need people to take action to protect Michigan waters, build healthy
communities and make democracy work for all of us," said Michigan
Campaigns Director Christy McGillivray.
For the 2008 election cycle, Clean Water Action endorsed 38
candidates running for public office in Michigan, ranging from
president to state legislative races.
And, as voters prepare to choose a new president and Congress, the
organization has placed significant grassroots focus in Michigan on the
presidential contest, Congressional Districts 7 and 9, the Michigan
Supreme Court race and House
Districts 21, 23, 24,
32, 39, 61, 62, 91 and 101.
"Clean Water Action takes great pride in being able to say that
with many of these candidates we were there first, interviewing and
endorsing them, and then going into neighborhoods, working door-to-door
and educating voters in their districts about the issues," said
McGillivray. "Now, with Election Day upon us, we expect and hope for
gratifying results from our hard work over so many months."
Clean Water Action has been
empowering people for more than 36 years to take action to protect
America's waters, the health of our families and to make democracy work.