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Michael Kieschnick
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Michael Kieschnick is president and co-founder of CREDO Mobile, a wireless company that donates a portion of its revenues to progressive groups. Working Assets has donated over $60 million to progressive organizations and its members have contacted decision-makers by phone, email and letters over 20 million times. During the last six years, the company has helped to register over 2 million voters. In his spare time, Michael is one of the organizers of the Secretary of State Project, which helped elect nine secretaries of state in battleground states, and teaches a course on social innovation at Stanford. Michael has a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, and degrees in biology and economics at Stanford University. He serves as a board member for the League of Conservation Voters, the Beatitudes Society, and the One California Foundation.

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President Obama Is Right to Block the Genocidal ISIS and Hold the Kurdish Defense Line

(6) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 8:36 PM

Any reasonable person should be deeply alarmed by the recent and current events in northern Iraq involving the brutal group ISIS, religious minorities, and the receding defense lines of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. The Maliki government of Iraq, literally the last and best manifestation of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice strategy in Iraq...

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Three No-hype Facts About President Obama's New Carbon Rule

(6) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Yesterday, the Obama administration released a draft proposal to -- for the first time -- place limits that would further reduce carbon pollution from electricity-generating power plants.

This is a good thing and long overdue. We at CREDO will support the proposal while pushing for it to be greatly strengthened,...

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A Father's Perspective on the Contraception War

(1198) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 11:50 AM

In recent weeks, the nation has talked more about contraception than at any other time during my 58 years of life. Many Republican office holders and outspoken Catholic bishops call the discussion one of religious liberty.

For me, it is a matter of whom I trust. As the father of...

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Dirty Oil Lost Today But the Keystone XL War Goes On

(74) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 3:52 PM

The Keystone XL pipeline -- designed to bring filthy tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas so that oil companies can profit by selling the oil to China -- was dealt a severe setback today when President Obama said no to an election year...

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10 Ways to Support the Occupy Movement

(34) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 11:53 PM

Occupy Wall Street has put the attention of the country, in fact of the whole world, on the deep wrongness of the current American economy and democracy. Both are broken and rigged by design to produce extraordinary incomes and security only for an elite few.

I am an enthusiastic...

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President Obama, Look Out Your Window!

(158) Comments | Posted August 29, 2011 | 7:19 AM

I run a mobile telephone company, and expect to be arrested in Washington today just outside your window representing my customers' view on global warming. Seriously!

Your administration is soon to make a pivotal climate change decision on the Keystone pipeline bringing tar sands oil from Canada, and the few...

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The Stock Market Dove Because of the Debt Deal, Not S&P

(925) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 2:46 PM

Why has the stock market fallen sharply over the past week?

Because the widely discredited S&P lowered the rating on Treasury bonds one notch?

Because the economy slowed to essentially zero in the last few months?

Because the European Union is under extreme stress?


The stock market fell because...

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What Now After Debt Ceiling Debacle

(3) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 8:43 PM

Tonight feels a lot like election night November 2010.

A horrible outcome even though default was avoided. Consequences that are severely damaging to millions of real people barely hanging on. The result of a truly dysfunctional political system with unlimited corporate spending, Fox News, an energized and racist opposition...

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Should a Future President Michele Bachmann Be Free to Bomb Mexico?

(19) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 11:02 AM

No. And President Obama should not be free to bomb Libya.

American presidents care very much about being able to wage war without asking permission. And they do just that with great regularity to the dismay of much the rest of the world.

The War Powers Act was passed as...

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I Demand Cheaper Electricity

(489) Comments | Posted March 20, 2011 | 2:45 PM

The biggest single source of electricity in the United States is coal-fired power plants. And that electricity is way too expensive. The Environmental Protection Agency this past week proposed a rule to make that electricity much cheaper.

You see, burning coal has the unfortunate side effect of releasing...

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Is Anyone Afraid of Senate Democrats?

(19) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 9:40 AM

No. And that is a very big problem.

The Republican House has a metaphorical gun to the head of the American people. It is disguised as legislation that provides for money for the federal government to operate. For a variety of reasons, the money runs out on March 4. If...

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Praying for Palin

(35) Comments | Posted January 9, 2011 | 7:46 PM

I wonder how Sarah Palin slept last night?

I wonder if she prayed for guidance for her role in a nation where violent rhetoric has become endemic?

I wonder what sermon she heard at her church.

I am haunted -- literally haunted -- by the video of Rep....

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10 Steps to Take Now After a Brutal Election

(26) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 2:18 PM

What a truly brutal election. One rare exception was the crushing of Texas Oil's Proposition 23 in California (see CREDO's campaign at, which proves that even unlimited corporate cash can be beaten back -- if it is disclosed and fought by grassroots mobilization.

At CREDO, we fight hard...

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Ten Fights on Global Warming Now That the Senate Will Do Nothing

(6) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 2:17 PM

Legislation to explicitly fight global warming is dead -- weakened and then killed in the Senate. Environmental groups fought hard to push the bill. A majority of Americans and a majority of senators wanted to do something serious. Not this year. Sen. Harry Reid announced last week that he could...

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What Next After the Impending Collapse of Climate Change Legislation?

(86) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 2:30 PM

There is no better evidence of the dysfunction of the Senate than its inability to address the crisis of global warming.

Several weeks ago, news reports out of a Senate Democratic caucus meeting were that key senators were inspired -- a powerful word -- by the commitment and momentum...

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Joe Barton, Please Keep Talking!

(115) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 4:41 PM

Every once in awhile an elected official just lets loose with what they really think. It's actually quite healthy. The latest was Republican House member Joe Barton of Texas, who apologized to the BP CEO (remember him? The one who wants his life back?) for what he called a White...

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The Senate Almost Votes to Join the Flat Earth Society

(209) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 5:44 PM

Today, 47 senators voted that the earth is flat.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, convinced Sen. Harry Reid that there should be a vote to "disallow" the Environmental Protection Agency's scientific finding that global warming represents a danger to human health. This scientific finding, supported by essentially all climate...

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The U.S. Should Break the Gaza Blockade

(577) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 1:36 AM

Brutal violence is all too commonplace. But usually it is not public, as was the Israeli Navy's attack on the flotilla bringing aid to Gaza. The flotilla was designed to bring public attention to the plight of civilians of Gaza, and it has done so.

Israel's action, indisputably in international...

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Fix or Ditch Kerry Lieberman Global Warming Bill

(37) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 4:00 PM

If you're like me, you've already received multiple emails from environmental groups about the climate legislation unveiled by Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman. Most call for its immediate passage. A few say the bill is so flawed it should be killed.

We have a more complicated analysis than...

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Why Is the Christian Right Afraid of a "Lesbian Homosexual Elena Kagan"?

(96) Comments | Posted May 10, 2010 | 4:36 PM

Who might that be? Or better yet, does the redundancy mean heterosexual?

I sign up for lots of right wing email newsletters because I want to see how they think. I realize that some believe that President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court because she is "confirmable." Others...

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