Thank N Spank Accountability

12444455653_baae95196d_z.jpgWe offer this combination of tools to respectfully create a dynamic relationship between representative and constituent. Download these FREE tools to add creativity to your citizen lobbying efforts.


For EXTRA fun and effect consider staging a Backbone Patrol visit to the office or event of your elected official. Our Backbone Patrol Action on January 29, 2007 was featured in the March 2007 episode of LibertyNewsTV (minute 9-28). Don't miss the especially entertaining song and dance routing dedicated to Senator Joseph Lieberman found below.

"Thank" = Spine "Thank You" Cards
Download Options:
One page Faxable form
Spine Postcards (2-per page) mail or hand deliver.
Bi-fold Spine Cards (2-per page)
Large Format Spine Cards for office visits and special occasions.

Use Spine Cards to encourage and thank your representatives. It is often most effective to thank them for one action/vote, and follow that with a request. Print Spine Cards on cardstock or normal paper then mail, fax, email or hand deliver them to your elected representatives. Urge them to demonstrate the strength of their backbone and their commitment to progressive values. Remember These are the "Carrot," and the Spineless Citations the stick, so please keep these positive.
You can look up the address for your current member of Congress at Project Vote Smart:
Be sure to send all "snail mail" to their LOCAL OFFICES due to the (still unsolved???) Anthrax scare, mail to DC can take a VERRRY long time to arrive.

This Backbone Campaign "Spine" cards are a reproduction of a linoleum print by Vashon Island, WA artist Kim Newall. Thank you Kim!
"Spank" = Spineless Citations
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Download Options:
One page Faxable form
Emailable Word.doc form
2-per page postcard for reprinting on cardstock front and back.

Directions for Issuing "Spineless Citations":
The Backbone Campaign and progressives around the country work hard to get progressive language into local, state, and national platforms and candidates often run as progressives to get grassroots support. The Spineless Citation is a tool to help citizens hold elected officials accountable to their platforms and promises.

Amplify Your Voice by providing us with the information necessary to fill out the form and we'll try to include your suggestions, along with those from others around the country in our periodic alerts. Anyone can send suggestions for Spineless Citations or Spine Cards to:

Also, please encourage your friends and the progressive organizations you belong to use our creative accountability tools as well.

The Backbone Campaign would like to thank Shanna and Jason Sawatzki for the Spineless Citation idea and design and Cathy Fulton for her many alterations. These citations are fun, attention-getting, and demonstrate the creative expansion of citizenship that we hope to foster through the Backbone Campaign.

Full Show Widows Media version
Full Show Real Media version
Another Model Action:
Help the Backbone Campaign Hit the Airwaves in Hawai'i!
Hold Senators Akaka & Inouye accountable for their Spineless Vote to Drill in ANWR

play button Listen to the Backbone Patrol Radio Ad for Hawai'i

These two senators disregarded the platform resolution of the Hawaiian State Democratic Party, and undermined an important amendment to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. That's not O.K. We've thanked Senator Cantwell for her efforts, now it's time to spank these guys for putting big oil and Alaska Republicans ahead of the wishes of the rank and file in their state. We want to flood their offices with Spineless Citations from constituents and get them to reverse the damage they've done.

  1. Hit the donate button to help us run this ad on stations in Hawai'i (Cost is $25-$45 per spot, during Air America programing in Hawai'i)
  2. Click here to download the Spineless Citation.

    FYI, Democratic Party of Hawai'i State Convention, May 2004 Resolution

    The Backbone Patrol Heads to Dinner attended by Inouye & Stevens (R-AK) in Seattle
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