Open The Presidential Debates

As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney square off in the first presidential debate in Denver on October 3, Democracy Now! will broadcast live from Denver with a special expanded presidential debate from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. ET.  Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson will join host Amy Goodman for equal time responses from these two presidential contenders who were shut out of the official debate.

Occupy the Debates! Denver poster

Occupy the Debates! Join Occupy Denver, Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala as we march on the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Recently, a third of what were originally ten sponsors pulling out of the CPD presidential debates which have invited only Obama and Romney. If the CPD removed the non-objective polling criterion for debate inclusion, leaving in place the criterion of being on enough state ballots to have a mathematical possibility of winning the election, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein would be the only additional candidates to be included.

People can contact the remaining sponsors and get involved online via the resources below.  Many thanks to Paulie Cannoli of Independent Political Report for the links.

We Demand Real Debates: Occupy the CPD
http://occupythecpd.org/

Philips pulls presidential debate sponsorship
http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2012/09/philips-pulls-presidential-debate-sponsorship-137053.html

Third Sponsor Pulls Out of Commission on Presidential Debates
http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2012/09/third-sponsor-pulls-out-of-commission-on-presidential-debates/

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson Files Anti Trust Claim Against the CPD
http://www.policymic.com/articles/15188/ron-paul-supporters-will-appreciate-gary-johnson-files-anti-trust-claim-against-the-cpd-in-the-name-of-liberty

Why the CPD Decision to Keep Gary Johnson Out of the Debates is Illegal
http://www.policymic.com/articles/15380/gary-johnson-polls-why-the-cpd-decision-to-keep-him-out-of-the-debates-is-illegal

Contacts for corporate debate sponsors, CPD staff and online petitions follow:

Contact the Sponsors of the Presidential Debates

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
One Busch Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
800-342-5283
Investor.Relations@ab-inbev.com
E-mail Contact Form: http://contactus.anheuser-busch.com/Contactus/email.asp
http://www.facebook.com/AnheuserBusch

International Bottled Water Association
1700 Diagonal Road
Suite 650
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-5213
703-683-4074 Fax
800-WATER-11 (Information Hotline)
Email: ibwainfo@bottledwater.org
info@bottledwatermatters.org
media@bottledwatermatters.org
http://bottledwater.org/
http://www.facebook.com/bottledwatermatters

SOUTHWEST
http://www.southwest.com/contact-us/contact-us.html
http://www.facebook.com/Southwest
http://www.facebook.com/pages/YWCA-USA/127821707877

Crowell & Moring LLP
At Crowell – Moring LLC, the Chairman is Kent A. Gardiner and his email is
kgardiner@crowell.com

The Howard G. Buffet Foundation
158 W Prairie Ave, Suite 107
Decatur, IL 62523-1442
Also:
121 S 51st St
Omaha, NE 68132
402-556-6641
http://www.thehowardgbuffettfoundation.org/media/media-relations

Sheldon S. Cohen, Esq.
Farr, Miller & Washington
1020 19th Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
800-390-3277
202-530-5600
202-530-5508 Fax
Email: sscohen@farrmiller.com

The Kovler Fund
aka Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship
c/o John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125
617-514-1624
617-514-1625 Fax
Email: kennedy.library@nara.gov

Contact the CPD (Commission on Presidential Debates)

CPD
comments@debates.org,

Janet Brown, Executive Director
phone – 202-872-1020
email – jb@debates.org,

CPD Board
email – president@nd.edu,
email – nminow@sidley.com,
email – ahernandez@calfund.org,

CPD Staff
email – robin@debates.org,
email – nancy@debates.org,
email – jennifer@debates.org,

Join the Debates (CPD outreach to teens)
https://www.facebook.com/jointhedebates

Contact the Polls

Rasmussen: 732-776-9777 info@rasmussenreports.com

The Gallup Organization – 609-924-9600, 202-715-3100
http://www.gallup.com/contactUs/default.aspx

The Pew Research Center – 202-419-4300, 202-419-4350info@pewresearch.org

Quinnipiac: 203-582-5201

CNN: 404.827.1500

Mason-Dixon: 202-548-2680

Marquette: 414-288-7445 or 608-263-2022

Survey USA: 800-786-8000

Zogby International – (315) 624-0200
http://interactive.zogby.com/contact/

Contact the News Media

ABC News – (212) 456-7777 newspolls@abc.com

AP-Ipsos – (202) 463-7300 info@ipsos-na.com

CBS News – (212) 975-5554
http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/feedback/fb_news_form.shtml?tag=ftr

FOX News – (212) 301-3057 foxnewstips@foxnews.com

Los Angeles Times – (213) 237-5000readers.representative@latimes.com

NBC News – (202) 885-4548 mediainquiries@msnbc.com

NPR – (202) 513-2300http://help.npr.org/npr/includes/customer/npr/custforms/contactus.aspx

The New York Times – (212) 556-1234 nytnews@nytimes.com

The Wall Street Journal – (202) 862-9237 support@wsj.com

The Washington Post – (202) 334-7582
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/staff/email/marcus+brauchli/

Time – (866) 550-6934https://secure.customersvc.com/wes/servlet/Show?WESPAGE=am%2FServices%2Fwes_email.jsp&MSRSMAG=TD

National Media Contact List
http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=111

Look Up Local Media Contacts
http://congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media/

Contact Senators and Representatives and other Officials
http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Sign Online Petitions To Open The Debates

Petition to Include Libertarian Two-Term Governor Gary Johnson in Presidential Debates with Mitt Romney and Barack Obama
http://www.libertarianpetition.com/

American voters: Allow Gary Johnson (and Jill Stein) to be part of the Presidential debates
http://www.change.org/petitions/american-voters-allow-gary-johnson-and-jill-stein-to-be-part-of-the-presidential-debates#

Open up the 2012 Presidential Debates!
http://www.change.org/petitions/open-up-the-2012-presidential-debates

Commission on Presidential Debates: Allow Gary Johnson and Jim Gray to participate in the Presidential debates.
http://www.change.org/petitions/commission-on-presidential-debates-allow-gary-johnson-and-jim-gray-to-participate-in-the-presidential-debates#

Commission on Presidential Debates: Admit presidential candidates that qualify in 45 states to the debates
http://www.change.org/petitions/commission-on-presidential-debates-admit-presidential-candidates-that-qualify-in-45-states-to-the-debates

We want to see all Presidential Candidates on the 2012 Debate Stage this Fall who qualify on enough ballots to win the Presidential Election!
http://www.causes.com/actions/1682103

Open the 2012 Presidential Debates to Third-Party Candidates
http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/debates-jsn

Open the Debates
http://signon.org/sign/open-the-debates

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: request the Commission on Presidential Debates invite viable third party candidates to the presidential debates.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/request-commission-presidential-debates-invite-viable-third-party-candidates-presidential-debates/2wS2kDhJ

Presidential Debate Information

HELP the Commission on Presidential Debates
http://www.debates.ws/

Help the CPD survey results
http://www.debates.ws/PieChart.html#.UFfK8Y2wvnh

Open Debates
http://opendebates.org/theissue/

CPD Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commission_on_Presidential_Debates

Commission on Presidential Debates
http://www.debates.org/

Grassroots Online Groups

Help the Commission on Presidential Debates do its job
https://www.facebook.com/groups/134467393362882/

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