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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator


Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Rep. Steve Scalise recently became the third most powerful Republican in the House — despite admitting to speaking to a conference of white supremacists. 

Steve Scalise

Tell the companies that help fund his leadership to stop the donations!

Dear Friend,

Republican Rep. Steve Scalise recently admitted to speaking at a white supremacist conference in Louisiana. Turns out it's just the most recent example in a longer string of dog-whistles and pandering to an electorate that repeatedly voted for former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.

Despite this shocking revelation, Scalise — who once described himself as "David Duke without the baggage" — was easily elected by his fellow Republicans to become House Majority Whip. This makes him the third most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives. No one with a history of keeping company with white supremacists should hold such an influential position.

Click here to tell Scalise's corporate donors not to give money to politicians who pander to white supremacists.

More than 100 corporate donors, including UPS, Microsoft, Comcast, Facebook, and Google, helped Scalise build power and influence by contributing more than $3 million to his leadership PAC. By calling on these corporations to pledge to stop supporting a politician with white supremacist ties, we'll limit Scalise's influence. It's simple: the less money Scalise can raise, the less viable his continued leadership in the House of Representatives becomes.

This is important for Presente's community because as Majority Whip, Rep. Scalise plays a major role in influencing how Republicans will vote on important issues. And few Republicans are more staunchly against immigration reform than Scalise, who is closely allied with demagogues like Steve King and Michelle Bachmann. It's no surprise — Scalise himself "said he embraces many of the same 'conservative' views as Duke, but is far more viable." And David Duke is as xenophobic and nativist as he is racist.

It's outrageous that Republicans in Congress have continued to support Scalise through this scandal. In the face of continued inaction from Speaker John Boehner, our only option is to hit Scalise where it hurts — in the wallet.

Click here to tell Scalise's corporate donors not to give money to politicians who pander to white supremacists.

Thanks and ¡adelante!

Mariana, Arturo, Erick, Refugio, Luis, and the rest of the Presente.org team

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

More resources:
1. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Was Reportedly an Honored Guest at 2002 International White Supremacist Convention. Cenlamar.com, December 28, 2014.
2. Stephanie Grace: Scalise’s pitch to Duke supporters seems plausible. The New Orleans Advocate, January 11, 2015.
3. Top 100 Contributors, 2013-2014. Open Secrets, January 1, 2015.
4. Scalise Election Could Mean Slim Chance for Immigration. The Hill, June 26, 2014.
5. What Scalise and Vitter Told Roll Call About David Duke in 1999. Roll Call, December 29, 2014.
6. How I busted Steve Scalise: Inside a GOP political scandal — and its ongoing coverup. Slate, January 6, 2015.