Food & Water Action Fund (formerly Food & Water Watch Fund) is the lobbying counterpart of Food & Water Watch. Contributions to Food & Water Action Fund, while not tax deductible, support our efforts to lobby legislators, participate in certain election activity and engage voters.
Engaging Politically to Protect Our Access to Safe Food and Clean Drinking Water
Are you happy with the job our elected officials are doing? We try to elect lawmakers who will represent our interests, but we all know that many of them are in the pockets of companies like Monsanto and Halliburton. We need to make democracy work for people, not corporations, in order to assure that everyone has access to safe food and clean water.
Food & Water Watch combines research, advocacy and education to mobilize the public and call for solutions to protect everyone's right to safe food and clean water— but the other crucial half of the equation is holding our elected officials accountable.
We launched Food & Water Action Fund to allow us to ramp up our direct lobbying and election efforts in order to make our advocacy more effective.
Case Study: Getting Involved in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Race on Fracking
In Pennsylvania, a state that's been heavily fracked, former governor Tom Corbett bent over backwards to give ridiculous tax breaks to Big Oil and Gas in exchange for campaign contributions. Through Food & Water Action Fund, we were able to enter into the candidate debate during the primaries to push those vying to face off against Corbett to be better on fracking. Our organizer based in Philadelphia hand-delivered pledges to each of the Democratic candidates, outlining the need for a moratorium.
We also held actions at campaign events, handed out fliers and held signs calling on the candidates to support a statewide moratorium. Our actions attracted the attention of media, campaign staffers, party officials and the candidates themselves.
Corbett did lose the general election, and while we still have a lot of work to do, we're in a better position to protect Pennsylvanians from fracking and hold our new governor accountable because of the work we were able to do with our political fund in the early stages of the election.
Why Food & Water Action Fund?
Since donations to Food & Water Action Fund are not tax deductible, we're able to do more direct political work like putting out voter scorecards and pressuring candidates to take the right position on important issues like fracking. We'll always keep doing the important advocacy work we do at Food & Water Watch, but by supporting our political fund, you can help us fight corporate special interests more effectively on all fronts.
We're gearing up for a big fight looming in the 2016 elections that will dictate what we'll be able to get done for years to come.
Will you join us?