When I was the Democratic nominee for president in one of the closest and toughest elections in history, a group of billionaires did something unprecedented:
They wrote million-dollar checks to fund lies about my service on what were called "Swift Boats" in Vietnam -- and in so doing, they turned the boats my crewmates and I served on into a new political shorthand for the most vicious smears imaginable: "swiftboating."
I wish like hell that the term was retired from the American political lexicon, and returned to its real meaning.
But guess what: Bob Perry, the deep-pocketed funder of the "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth," just gave $3 million to Mitt Romney's Super PAC.
One man. Three million dollars. And that's just the start.
I know all too clearly that these guys will do or say anything to win. They'll stop at nothing. But forewarned is forearmed. Their multi-million dollar smear tactics were new in 2004; in 2012 we know their playbook, and shame on us if we don't tear it into shreds. Join me and we will stop the "swiftboating" of President Obama.
Fight back by donating $3 or more today at this critical deadline moment.
It takes someone with no shame and a lot of money to get the public to believe a total lie.
Unfortunately that's what we're up against.
Let's be ready for it -- let's fight back.
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Senator John Kerry