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Election 2012 and Extreme Global Poverty
What You Can Do

You can help make foreign aid and global poverty a bigger priority by engaging in any of these actions:

  • Advocate that candidates for office support foreign aid reform. Contact President Obama's and Governor Romney's campaign offices by email or phone. Encourage them to support effective foreign aid that helps end extreme poverty. You can also contact your local candidates for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
  • Spread the word through social media. Post a comment on the Facebook pages of President Obama or Governor Romney, or send them a tweet. Feel free to use or change these sample posts. You can do the same for your local candidates for the U.S. Senate and the House.
  • Write a letter to the editors of local or national print publications, as well as program managers or hosts of local or national radio and TV news programs.
  • If you attend a candidate rally or speech and they welcome comments and questions from the audience, speak out! Ask them directly how they plan to help end extreme global poverty and reform foreign aid so it reaches and helps those in greatest need to lift themselves from extreme poverty. Ask what they will do to prevent aid from being wasted for the benefit of America's wealthy special interests and corrupt overseas bureaucracies. Make them aware the total foreign aid provided by the U.S. is less than 1% of the federal budget, and that number needs to be raised - not cut.
     

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