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JULY 25, 2002
1:36 PM
CONTACT:  Progressive Majority
Gloria Totten, 202-408-8603,; or John Hlinko, 202-744-6525, e-mail: Campaign Launched by Progressive Majority Starkly Shows Need for Adequate Prescription Drug Coverage for Nation's Seniors
Each Signature Equals One Dog Biscuit Sent to President Bush
WASHINGTON - July 25 - Progressive Majority, a growing network dedicated to electing progressive candidates at the federal and state levels, today announced the launch of a new campaign -- "Drugs Not Dog Food." The campaign is designed to promote comprehensive prescription drug coverage by bluntly and clearly demonstrating how high the stakes are for our nation's seniors. A petition at offers citizens the chance to send a message for President Bush. To graphically make the point about the stark choices many people must make to meet the ever-rising cost of prescription drugs, Progressive Majority will send one dog biscuit to the President for each signature gathered.

"Every day, senior citizens are forced to go to extreme lengths to pay for life-saving medicine," said Gloria Totten, executive director of Progressive Majority. "Many forgo basic necessities to cover the rising costs of medication. And yet, the President and the Republicans in Congress refuse to enact the necessary reform to end this national tragedy."

Send a Message (and a Dog Biscuit) to the President

The heart of the new effort is an online petition at, enabling supporters to send a message to President Bush urging him to support reasonable, decent coverage for prescription medicine. Progressive Majority intends to compile the signatures and send them to President Bush -- along with the dog biscuits. The site also offers information on the issue, including case studies from actual seniors.

"Some might find this shocking, but it's nowhere near as offensive as what senior citizens are forced to endure on a daily basis," said Totten. "Splitting doses, making choices between medicine and food, or simply going without medication altogether -- and enduring the harmful consequences. We need to tell the President to stop playing politics, and we need to work to elect progressive candidates this fall who will stand up for the needs of senior citizens."

About Progressive Majority
For too long, progressives have either been silent -- or needlessly defensive -- in important debates over what matters. That era is over. There's a new network of people who know that progressive values and practical politics are a winning hand. Welcome to Progressive Majority. We are building a growing network of new leaders and regular folks who share progressive values -- and who will work together to elect progressive champions. For more information, visit

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