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One of the oldest and most active members of the StopRush community, Flush Rush Facebook reached a major milestone this evening with the addition of its 10,000th member.
"Join the Fight to Flush Rush Limbaugh!" was started a couple days after Limbaugh's infamous attack on Sandra Fluke in early March, 2012. Members quickly realized that its best chance at holding Rush accountable for constantly attacking the segments of our society that need protecting the most was to simply quote him verbatim to his advertisers.
This model has resulted in more than 2,600 advertisers requesting that their ads no longer air on the Rush Limbaugh Show, leading to major losses in ad revenue by Clear Channel and Cumulus Media.
After boasting early on that his losses were akin to losing a few fries at the drivethrough, Limbaugh himself is now whining about the scarcity of mainstream advertisers on his show and the need to rely on penile enhancement ads to make ends meet. And we're working on convincing those penile enhancement companies that Limbaugh is bad for their brand as well.
One of Flush Rush's most steadfast and influential members was Daily Kos regular Richard Myers, whose activist/organizing experience was an indispensible resource for the group. Richard passed away unexpectedly last December. We miss him dearly each day but know he would be proud of the progress we have made since he left.
Richard Myers, 1989
The key to the success and longevity of Flush Rush Facebook is the sense of community it offers through real time dialogue. Volunteers have developed friendships that make what can sometimes be tedious work bearable. This is not a Facebook group where people "like" and never return. It's filled with activists who believe in their power to make the world a more decent place, buzzing around like bees monitoring broadcasts, organizing ad data in the StopRush database, sending messages, posts, tweets, emails, making phone calls, in person visits--whatever it takes to flush Rush.
It's an incredibly empowering thing to know that your efforts are making hate less profitable. Anyone who would like to join the movement can find out how after the break.
Decent folks who believe in tolerance and equality are no longer powerless against Limbaugh's efforts to spread intolerance on the radio. StopRush is making a major impact by convincing advertisers on this show to withdraw their ads--and with your help we can do even more. Just a few emails, tweets, or Facebook messages a week to Limbaugh's advertisers can go a long way toward making hatred less profitable. It is our collective voice that makes us strong.
Want to do something hold Limbaugh accountable?
Join StopRush! We can use your help in the following ways: