Two years ago, I made a decision to run for United States Senate because I believed that we, as a country, need to focus less on powerful special interests and more on middle class families and small business owners. While we came up just short in our fight last year, those very same issues that inspired me to run then still exist now.
That's why I'm proud to announce today that I have decided to run for re-election as secretary of state!
Right now, we see people-powered movements like Occupy Wall Street taking to the streets out of anger at a system they know isn't fighting for them. I am inspired by these grassroots demonstrations and am hopeful that with the help of progressive leaders like myself we can save the middle class and restore the American dream.
As your secretary of state, I've worked to reform our lobbying laws, cracked down on scam artists using so-called "Ponzi schemes" to prey on vulnerable citizens, and held powerful financial interests accountable when they misled investors and consumers. That's a record I am proud of -- but it's also put a target on my back.
Today, there is a effort to roll back the lobbying laws at the state level. At the federal level, there is a push to strip my powers of enforcement and allow for "self-regulation" of the financial industry. We know what that gets us.
I'm running again because I'm ready to fight these attempts to shift power back into the hands of the few. But I'll need your help and support to win -- and I'm going to need your help to get this country back on track.
Thank you for standing with me all these years.
To learn more about my campaign and to see how you can help, visit my Web site!
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