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September 27, 2016

Deadline warning plus two bonus benefits

Deadline nears. Add your name to the Downsize DC Refounders Committee. Retweet

We’ve been telling you about the 16 benefits of the new website we’re building. But we’ve thought of two more!

The first 16 benefits are listed at right, or you can read about them in detail here. Our new site will replace our old Educate the Powerful System with the Engage system from Congressional Quarterly-Roll Call (CQRC).

We’re adding those who donate to fund this transition to a Refounders Committee that will appear on our website permanently, right next to the original Founders’ Committee that launched Downsize DC. In today’s message I want to tell you that…

Here are the two additional benefits you’ll get with our new Engage system…

Bonus Benefit #1: Responsive design

Our new site will conform instantly to whatever screen you use, be it phone, tablet, or laptop/desktop.

Educate the Powerful wasn’t optimized for smaller screens. But Google ranks sites that are optimized for phone higher than those that aren’t. PLUS, since more and more people are using their phones, we believe these two factors will help us attract more and more people, who will in-turn exert more and more pressure on Congress.

Bonus Benefit #2: More responses to your letters

CQRC has an ongoing relationship with Congressional IT offices. Not only that, in many cases CQRC actually provides the software Congressional offices use to manage incoming letters from constituents. So…

You’ll be something of a Capitol Hill “insider” once we complete the switch to Engage. We think this may result in you getting more frequent response letters (we hesitate to call them “answers”).

Please remember that Refounders will be the first to see and test the new website.


  • Current pledgers are automatically Refounders.
  • One time contributors, this month, are Refounders.
  • New and increased monthly, credit card pledgers, are Refounders.
  • All Refounders get recognized in this series of messages (see below the signature) and also on the About Us page of our new site, next to the original Founders’ roster.

In fact, the Refounders below have brought this campaign from $38,000, all the way down to $6,624. So we still need YOU!

Please consider starting or increasing a monthly, credit card pledge.

– OR –

Please demonstrate your confidence in our plan by investing the largest contribution that will make you feel good. Remember, your donation will be memorialized on the Refounders 2016 roster.

Thanks for your support!

Jim Babka & Perry Willis

Downsize DC

P.S. Here are the Refounders as of Monday, 9/26: Brian Thomson, Larry Ryan, Jann Werner, Ken Whedbee, Bill Staton, Bruce Sawicki, Ferdinand Reinke, David Mason, Martin Johnson, Jean McCrady, Leo Hamel, Robert Lehman, Dwight Baker, William Hees, Allan Higgins, Robert Hart Jr, Martin Anding, Albert Pigeon, David Rempel, Carl Case, Peter Cappello, Wilma Sinclair, Daniel Laux, Scott Mosher, David Kaup, John Fehsenfeld, Rob Miller, Stephanie Adams, Joe Cobb, David King, Eric Olivas, Jonathan Sauer, Mary Swim, Andy Williams, Travis Walston, James E. Mayer, Michael Burks, John Sparduto, Richard Loomis, Andrew Borom, William Buzzell, R Hilliard, Marc Bessent, John Bitner, Richard Browning, Alan Eames, Jon Foster, Joshua Horstman, Victoria Kelley, Erik Lindborg, Benjamin Moyes, David Rowntree, Deborah Bishop, Michael Gibbs, Tim Kaelin, Christopher Norbury, Mel Pinney, Kay Samalin, John Hathaway, Marjorie Peters, Jaret Osborne, Charles Lankford, Kendra Robb, Jim Compton, Michael Stoll, Craig Finch, Ralph Horton, Michel Kaiser, Dave Larson, Jack Madren Jr, Curry Taylor, Mark LeBar, Dan’l Leviton, Mark Crowley, Robert Lidral, Steven Castrechino, Jim Ferris, Nicholas Hasulak, Mark Gogan, Chuck Patel, Dennis Poole, Doug Szarkowski, Peter Skaates, Randolph Szabla, Steven Schram, Barbara Haskins, John DiLiberto, Franklin Davis, Michael Phillips, Tom Demers, Christopher Gough, Shawn M. Murray, J.D., Franklin Davis, Robert Stern, Ross Primrose, Kerry Daniel, Jerry Titus, Kathleen Arnheim, Pranav Badhwar, David Brown, Steven Busby, Norman Coppola, William Cross, Terri Dewell, Roger Garcia, David Jeffries, Pamela Krauskopf, Thomas Kurzej, Jerry Mabry, Michael Maskalans, Frank Pater, Kurt Schurenberg, Judith Ann Shellabarger, Susan Tindall, Mark Wilczek, Travis Williams, Randy Young, Len Hofferber, Andrew Jason, Terry Robinson, William Stoner, William White, Timothy Doubledee, Bruce Morton, Dan Kelly, Michael Hughes, Dana Gudenau, Roger Leahy, Pamela Browne, Dana Davis, Annelise Gimpel, James LaCombe, Joel Norgaard, Robert Schlotman, Shohn Trojacek, James Troy, Jim Wilson, Craig Thompson, Peggy Christensen, Eric Parks, Sandra Pierre, Virgil Ragsdale, Jim Delton, Jack Bruns, Dale & Leslie Bates, Derek Moyes, Adam Rezner, Mike Spalding, Jacquelyn St Aubyn, Andrew Walling, George Hanson, Ronald Pond, Steve Stewart, Patricia Wedel, David Gorrell, Michael O’Brien, James Balson, Pattie Bagwell, Keith Brilhart, Landon Cahow, Todd Clark, Brice Dobry, Teryn Driver, Randy Etter, Richard Fall, Marcelyn Floyd, Eric Geislinger, Justin Gillen, Kristi Granger, Richard Hale, Jackson Harvey, David Herzfeld, Phil Hoff, Thibeaux Lincecum, Chuck Metalitz, Matthew Pfluger, Odetta Pierce, Annalee Scharbor, Sonja Smith, Jeff Stewart, Carl Swinney, James Wahler, David Weakland, Gregory Williamson, Bob Ford, Martin Johnson, Tom Morris, Valerie Nixon, Wendell Drye, Luke Elms, Dan Goebel, Steven Hahn, Marta Howard, Loretta Hurite, Paul Rogers, Paul Smith, Timothy Streit, Thomas Thacker, Larry Upshaw, Jeffrey Hatwig, Tracy Almeida, Dwight Bakker, Kirk Beck, Robert Bussey, R.S. Elam, Tim Haffner, Jeff Held, Jerry Hickman, Wes Johnson, Mary Kennedy, Joyce Manett, Raylene Short, Gregg Young, Bruce Liddel, Gary Wood, Hana Bernard, Bruce Boyd, Bobby Chapuis, Kathleen Chippi, Sue Lewis, Richard Siebold, Robert Taylor, David Bradshaw, John Davis, James Howe, Edward Krieger, Scott Lieberman, Paul Meyer, Linda Rowberg, Steven Bachman, Mike Clancy, Carrie Eiler, Jon Foster, Charlotte Juett, James C. Stevens, Edward Wright, David Yett, Mike Rosing, James Sewell, Joseph Shearey, Jim Babka, Frances Gettys, William IV, Anna Janek, Adora Jones, STATEOFTHEHEART LLC, Martha Montelongo, Brad Morefield, Dan Moyes, Tom Mulcahy, Evan Nagel, Thomas Solt, John Walker, Liz Winterhawk, Brittany Wolf, Bernard Zamostny, Darryl W. Perry, Kit Arbuckle, Drew Campbell, David Gaj, Scott Grunsted, Brian Happaney, Joseph Keeney, Michael Kraus, Thomas Mayhew, Nick Morana, Greg Moser, Paul Price, Joseph Theriault, Larry Calvert, Roy Hannah, Michael Kitchen, Paul Spray

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