Thursday, June 29, 2006

Shhhh! The President is Coming


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Dear Friend,

Last night, President Bush appeared at a big-ticket fundraiser for embattled GOP Senator Jim Talent in Missouri. Tomorrow, it's off to Ohio to raise funds for Mike DeWine, another GOP Senator that we have a solid chance to defeat come November.

The Republicans think they can sneak President Bush and Vice President Cheney in and out of these states under cover of darkness, and that vulnerable Republican candidates will pick up GOP special interest campaign dollars -- not Bush-Cheney baggage.

Make them pay a price for this most cynical of political calculations.

Today, we are helping the Democratic candidates Bush is determined to keep out of the Senate. As Bush heads to Ohio, please lend your immediate support to Sherrod Brown, who is running a strong campaign in this critical swing state, and other Democratic Senate candidates battling in tight races.

ACT TO HELP OUR CANDIDATES BEFORE THE JUNE 30TH DEADLINE!

We can't let the Bush/Cheney fundraising juggernaut buy Republican candidates out of the trouble they're in because they rubberstamp this administration's failed policies. The President tries to travel under the radar on these trips -- rubbing elbows with well-heeled Republican donors, while the GOP candidates he's supporting try to avoid rubbing elbows with him.

But, we won't let their fast and furious fundraising turn the tide in some of the closest Senate races in the country. We're weighing in with powerful grassroots support to counter the President's fundraiser-in-chief performance. Two days ago, we got off to a good start, helping Sherrod Brown in Ohio, Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Maria Cantwell in Washington state.

Today we're adding Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey to the list of strong Democrats who need our support. In March, Cheney came to the Garden State to raise money for Menendez's Republican opponent, handpicked by Karl Rove, who offered rush-hour traffic as his excuse for arriving late and missing a photo-op with the Vice President.

Menendez is currently fighting back against a ruthless smear attack distorting his courageous actions from 25 years ago. Let's show him and Democrats around the country that we refuse to let any of our public servants be subjected to outrageous lies for partisan political gain.

With the June 30th deadline fast approaching, we need to step up our efforts to give Democrats the resources they need to fight back and win.

ACT TO HELP OUR CANDIDATES BEFORE THE JUNE 30TH DEADLINE!

This is a critical test of our resolve. The Bush Republicans would like nothing better than to set our candidates back by burying them under an avalanche of Republican special interest money and distortions. But, we won't let it happen. We're standing by our candidates through thick and thin, and we're driving through to victory.

I urge you to do everything you can to impact these important Senate races. Let's show the Bush fundraising machine that we mean business.

Sincerely,

John Kerry

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Our next big step

The Democratic Party
Dear automat,

I have results and big announcement for you today.

I wanted you to be the first to get the results of the fundraising drive. Over the last two weeks, over 11,000 people stood up to be counted by donating to support the 50-state strategy. The average donation was about $48 and you raised over $500,000 in less than two weeks.

But here's the most important statistic of this fundraising drive: of the more than 11,000 people donating to the Democratic Party in the last 2 weeks, 67% of them did so for the first time.

We're putting people back in control of the political process. Your voice has been heard loud and clear: we need a 50-state strategy to fight everywhere, and with your leadership in your own community we will.

Which brings me to the big announcement. On July 29th we will kick off the last 100 days until the election with the first annual Democratic Reunion.

The Democratic Reunion will be a series of events across the country, in every single state, that will bring people back into the political process and remind everyone who wants change that we're all in this fight together for the last 100 days.

Your local Democratic Reunion event can be a social event like a picnic, a voter contact event like a canvass, or a campaign event with local candidates. The only requirement is that you come together with your neighbors on July 29th and kick off 100 days of work to build your local network and win this November.

Plan your own Democratic Reunion event now using our web site. It's easy, fun and you'll be provided with the materials you need to be successful. If you've never done anything like this before, now is the time to start. Plan your event now:

http://www.democrats.org/thedemocraticreunion/create

Many state and local Democratic Parties have already started planning their Democratic Reunion events, and exciting things are happening.

In Washington, the state party will focus their local events on grassroots organizing to get the word out about Democratic candidates. In Arizona, there are already 25 local organizing events across the state that will build local energy for candidates up and down the ballot on Election Day.

In some states, local county parties will be holding picnics to introduce their candidates. In others, state parties will be organizing door-to-door canvasses in targeted neighborhoods. But remember -- if there's no event near you, you have the power (and responsibility) to create your own.

Search for an event near you here:

http://www.democrats.org/thedemocraticreunion/find

The outcome of this election comes down to one question: Do Americans want a fundamental change in direction, or do they want the same failed Republican policies? You and I both know that the Democratic Party is the only party that's committed to real change.

That's why we need to continue the work we started with the National Organizing Kickoff and strengthen the new relationships we formed during The 50-State Canvass if we're going to take our country back.

Your Democratic Reunion can be a day to contact 100 voters, or a day to organize the group you will work with to contact 100 voters before Election Day.

No matter what your event looks like, the purpose will be the same. Democrats will come together and focus on our common mission: building this Party at the local level and leveraging people power to win in November.

The past two weeks have seen an incredible showing of support for the idea of a 50-state strategy. Now is your opportunity to be a part of it on the ground where you live.

Thank you,

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.


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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

"Cut and Run" Fundraising


JohnKerry.com
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Dear Friend,

President Bush will be sneaking into St. Louis tomorrow to raise money for Republican Senator Jim Talent. If it's like most GOP fundraising featuring Bush and Cheney these days, it will be a "cut and run" affair.

Republican candidates ask high dollar supporters (tomorrow's event is at the Ritz-Carlton) to cut big checks before they run from being caught in the public eye with the President or Vice President.

We're going to greet this latest fast and furious Bush fundraising foray with a spirited, out-in-the-open grassroots campaign before midnight June 30th to support three Democrats locked in tight Senate races.

Contribute today: a Democratic Senate starts with these three races

Today, we're raising money for Claire McCaskill, who is running for the Senate in the Missouri race that President Bush will be personally trying to influence tomorrow.

An impressive campaigner who is eager to come to the Senate to fight for Missouri's families, Claire has just the right mixture of common sense and uncommon wisdom to help turn around the failed policies that Bush is hoping to disguise with his high-powered fundraising blitz.

We're also working to help leading House Democrat Sherrod Brown in his race against GOP incumbent Mike DeWine whom Karl Rove praised as "a loyal stalwart." Recently, DeWine scored a trifecta -- avoiding President Bush three times when he appeared in Ohio: skipping a health care event, a speech on Iraq, and even refusing to meet Bush at the airport when he came to Indian Hills to raise $1.1 million for DeWine's reelection campaign.

We can win this critical Ohio race if you give Sherrod Brown the immediate support he needs to press back against the GOP money machine.

Contribute today: a Democratic Senate starts with these three races

The third candidate on our list is a Senator who has stood with me to protect the environment and save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Maria Cantwell.

President Bush and Vice President Cheney have both already traveled to Washington to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Maria's opponent, Mike McGavick, and for the Washington state Republican party. Not that McGavick needs any help: he received $28 million from his former employer, Safeco Insurance Company, this year after just two months of work.

We're acting today to even the odds by lending Maria Cantwell the kind of grassroots support called for by her strong unflinching record on so many crucial issues of the day.

Contribute today: a Democratic Senate starts with these three races

The June 30th mid-year federal election reports, reflecting fundraising success to date, will be especially critical. That's why I am asking you to rush generous donations, if possible, to all three of these candidates who are in deadlocked races. Maria Cantwell and I need strong Democrats like Sherrod Brown and Claire McCaskill to join us in the Senate and replace rubber-stamp Republican incumbents Mike DeWine and Jim Talent.

Let's show people that we mean business when it comes to standing up for the candidates we believe in -- and standing up to the desperate barrage of Bush-Cheney fundraising now under way.

I urge you to act before we reach this critical deadline.

Sincerely,

John Kerry

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

50 states or 49?

The Democratic Party
Dear automat, You Have the Power

Here's the last note from our series. This one's from Rita Royals, who's on the front line of our 50-state strategy in Mississippi. The hard part about explaining our successes is that so many of them happen at the person-to-person level. Rita can talk to you about how important those successes are to the Americans who live there.

We've got five people working nonstop at the Mississippi Democratic Party -- which is four more than they've had in a long time. These staffers have already helped win four special elections for the state legislature, and all of them are continuing to build our party from the ground up.

We're in the second week of a drive to recruit people who support the 50-state strategy -- and we're counting those supporters on our web site. We've beaten our original goal and had to double it because of the overwhelming support of Democrats from across the country.

Do you want a 50-state strategy or do you want 49 (or 25 or 12 or 3 or 1)? Rita and 3 of her colleagues depend directly on your support. We cannot leave anyone behind. Make a donation to support the 50-state strategy now:

http://www.democrats.org/peoplecount

This is what the 50-state strategy is all about. Read what Rita has to say and help spread the word. We're finally reaching Democrats who have been starving for leadership -- and organizing to reach everyone who wants to change the ways things work.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.


Dear automat,

I was so excited when Chairman Dean asked me to write to you about the real success that we have had in Mississippi because of the 50-state strategy. I know that the plan is working because I've seen the success first-hand.

I joined the Mississippi Democratic Party as a field organizer because I am concerned about our future. I just don't see the Republicans taking any real action on issues people in every state face, like access to affordable health care, education and jobs.

Our state has the highest unemployment rate in the country and no minimum wage requirements for the few jobs that people do have. Federal minimum wage legislation affects us as much in Mississippi as it does in any other state - no matter how "red" the state may be.

After Republicans in Washington killed the first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade this week, it's clear that this is a place where people need to hear about our party's values and our party's plans to make the changes that will improve people's lives.

Until now, Mississippi Democrats haven't had the resources to do that. I took this job to be part of the solution.

Before the 50-state strategy, the Mississippi Democratic Party had only one staff member. And though he worked tirelessly, he just wasn't enough. Now, our office has five staff members all dedicated to communicating with and organizing Democrats here. We're finally reaching those people who want to help, and we're expanding our support by getting the word out to everyone else that Democrats are ready to lead.

I've often heard people say, "Democrats can't win in the South." That's plain wrong. We can win in the South, and we are winning in the South. Last year, there were four open seats in the Mississippi Legislature. By organizing on the ground the way Democrats in Mississippi haven't had the resources to do in a generation, we swept all four elections. Now Gov. Barbour has four more Democrats holding appointments in his administration and the same number of Democrats sitting in the legislature.

We could not have done that without the grassroots network that the 50-state strategy has already put in place. Our program recruits and trains the precinct captains who were crucial to those victories, and who will be the core of the victories to come.

When people say, "We can't win in the South," that's pessimism and surrender. And we sure won't win if we give up before we even try. But the South is exactly where we need to be. Shame on us if we don't stand up for those most in need in this part of the country.

The 50-state strategy is the opposite of that pessimistic approach -- and it is giving us the tools and the hope it takes to win.

Sincerely,

Rita Royals
Field Organizer
Mississippi Democratic Party


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Here's How They Voted


JohnKerry.com

Dear Friend,

Just hours ago, the Senate voted on the Kerry-Feingold proposal to redeploy American combat troops out of Iraq by July 1, 2007. Thirteen Senators voted for it.

It was an important step towards ending the administration's aimless, open-ended course in Iraq and having Iraqis stand up for Iraq.

When Jack Murtha stepped up to the challenge of leadership in the House on Iraq, he was alone. Last week, 140 House members voted to support his leadership.

When we in the Senate began the fight to change course in Iraq, we too were almost alone. Today our numbers grew -- and that is progress you made happen.

First and foremost, Russ and I thank you for your support. Over the last few weeks, hundreds of thousands of you have joined our effort to bring our combat troops home. Once again, the johnkerry.com community has shown its deep commitment to fighting for a better course for America.

We ask you to join us now in honoring the strength and leadership of the Senators who stood with you:

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), co-sponsor
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT)
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA)
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), co-sponsor
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Please call, write, or email these Senators and acknowledge their leadership on Iraq.

Let me be absolutely clear. Russ Feingold and I would have forced this vote even if the outcome were going to be 98 to 2. Ending the Bush administration's disastrous approach to this war isn't about counting votes. It isn't about legislative strategy or electoral calculation. It's about applying constant pressure to change a broken course.

It's about utterly rejecting the desperate tactics of cowardly political operatives like Karl Rove who, as John Murtha pointed out, have no qualms about telling our soldiers to "stay the course" from the comfort of their air-conditioned offices at the White House.

It's about doing what's right.

Karl Rove may worry about losing votes. It's our job to worry about young Americans losing their lives. It's our job to provide a new vision that offers real security for America while giving the Iraqis their best chance for a stable Iraq.

I will keep doing what's right on Iraq, and I won't stop until our troops are home and the future of Iraq is in the hands of the Iraqi people.

I know you'll keep working right alongside me.

Sincerely,

John Kerry

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