The Virginia NOW PAC (Political Action Committee) mailed this letter last week to NOW members. In case you didn’t receive it  – or you’d like to forward it electronically, we’re re-printing it here.  Contributions can be made by clicking Contribute above on this page or by mail: make check to Virginia NOW PAC, mail to Virginia NOW PAC, PO Box 7621, Arlington VA 22207. Questions? email 

It’s time to pay attention to the Virginia Governor’s race!
Working women and feminism… “detrimental” to the traditional family.
Government should “prefer married couples over co-habitators, homosexuals, or fornicators.”
Birth control for unmarried couples… “illogical.”
Childcare subsidies… encourage women to enter the workforce.
Separation of church and state…. “folklore.”

These sentiments were written by Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Bob McDonnell just two years before he ran for the Virginia House of Delegates. We knew Bob McDonnell was no friend of equality, but an enemy? That’s right! McDonnell’s agenda for public service would reverse much of what NOW has fought so hard for. We need to stop him.

Of course, Virginia NOW can’t do it alone, but we’ve been at the forefront of exposing McDonnell’s vision of patriarchy. The Washington Post turned to us to speak for women’s rights, and we were the only women’s organization protesting McDonnell’s anti-women agenda at the “Women for McDonnell” rally a few weeks ago. That’s what makes NOW great…we’re grassroots, we’re activists, we take on the hard issues, and we’re a champion for justice and equality. And right now, we need your help.

Reading McDonnell’s thesis is maddening enough. But a review of his record is infuriating! During his 14 years in the House of Delegates, he made every attempt to limit women’s rights. He introduced 40 anti-choice bills. In 2001, he voted against a resolution in support of ending wage discrimination between men and women. Yet McDonnell insists he is the moderate, mainstream candidate in this race. He accuses his opponent, state Senator Creigh Deeds, and organizations like Virginia NOW of “suggest[ing] that I have this undue focus on social issues.” That’s just a flat misrepresentation. McDonnell is no moderate… he is a threat to women – and men – who put family, job security, health care, and equality before an ideology that would strip rights away from every Virginian.

Will you help the Virginia NOW PAC stop Bob McDonnell today? A gift of $100, $50, $35 or whatever you can give will go a long way to help us make sure every Virginia voter knows that Bob McDonnell will set equality back decades.

Thank you in advance for your generous support to protect our rights. I’ll be watching the mail for your response.
For equality,  Marj Signer, for the Virginia NOW PAC

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