Monday, October 30, 2006

Emergency candidate alert: Five House races


JohnKerry.com
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Dear Friend,

Their names are Paul, Carol, Leonard, John and Betty. They hold the future of the House of Representatives in their hands -- and with one final act of will, you can pull them through to victory next Tuesday.

The final week of this dramatic campaign is almost here. And these five House candidates need one last, powerful infusion of funds to push their way past a vicious final week assault from running-scared Republicans.

That's why we're issuing this emergency candidate alert.

I know how much I've asked of you -- and how energetically you've responded. We've got to stay on the case for one more week. The Republicans are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at our candidates. We can't yield an inch -- not now. Not with victory at hand.

RUSH HELP TO OUR EMERGENCY SLATE OF HOUSE CANDIDATES!

Two of our candidates are running in New Hampshire. In the NH-01 district, Carol Shea-Porter has mobilized an army of active, fired-up volunteers to take on an attack campaign run by a close ally of Karl Rove. And in NH-02, Democrat Paul Hodes is facing a merciless barrage of special interest-funded attack ads.

With your support, Paul and Carol can make both New Hampshire and the House of Representatives blue next Tuesday. But they've got to have your immediate support now.

RUSH HELP TO OUR EMERGENCY SLATE OF HOUSE CANDIDATES!

Our third candidate is Iowa's Leonard Boswell, who is facing more than $1 million in attacks from a group with direct links to the people who funded the Swift Boat attacks of 2004. Just this week, President Bush campaigned to try to kick Leonard out of the House. Also in need of your emergency help is John Cranley, running in Ohio's 1st district against one of the most far-right members of Congress. John has been a leading critic of the Bush "stay the course and pass the buck" policy in Iraq.

Also in Ohio, our fifth and final emergency slate candidate is Betty Sutton. Her opponent has been relentlessly on the attack, challenging Sutton for her strong stances on Roe v. Wade and civil liberties.

RUSH HELP TO OUR EMERGENCY SLATE OF HOUSE CANDIDATES!

We're in the every-moment-counts stage of this campaign. The sooner your gift arrives, the quicker our candidates can put it to work in the final make-or-break days of these elections.

Act now. Act quickly. Go big.

John Kerry

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Down to the wire -- and over the top!


JohnKerry.com

Dear Friend,

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When presented with an extraordinary opportunity to change our country, you take extraordinary measures. You have done so much for so many others as part of the incredible johnkerry.com community.

This week, John and I teamed up to donate an additional $1 million to the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the official party committees working to elect our House and Senate candidates and to regain control of both houses of Congress for our party.

Today, we're launching a special Down-to-the-Wire Campaign to raise an immediate $500,000 for the two organizations marshalling our Party's resources in the final ten days of this campaign.

We urge you to participate right now.

Make a Down-to-the-Wire Donation Now!

Right now, leaders at the DSCC and the DCCC are talking to all the campaigns on the ground and working on the final push for Election Day victory. They are studying the states and congressional districts where your dollars can make the biggest difference and put our candidates over the top. When opportunity strikes in these final days, these are the only organizations able to instantly funnel money to your candidates who need it most.

In recent days, the johnkerry.com community has poured nearly $1 million into four crucial Senate races. As impressive as that is, you can't let up -- not when we're this close to winning victories that can mean so much to our nation.

Remember what winning these elections will mean. We can finally raise the minimum wage that Republicans have blocked for so long. We can take a giant step toward bringing decent, affordable health care to all Americans. We can end the rubber-stamping of Bush policies that defy common sense and deny our basic values.

We can finally -- and decisively -- force an end to the Bush administration's failed policy of "stay the course" in Iraq.

Make a Down-to-the-Wire Donation Now!

All that and more is on the line in these last ten days. If we pull out all the stops, we can win a great victory.

Please act immediately by rushing your down-to-the-wire donation to the DSCC and the DCCC as they make the all-important final decisions about where to use our Party's resources to win on November 7.

Yours for a Democratic Senate and House of Representatives,

Ted Kennedy

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Our family

The Democratic Party

Dear automat,

When grassroots donors challenged everyone to own a piece of the Democratic Party, nearly 10,000 people who had never given before answered the call.

In just one week, nearly 10,000 new donors changed this party in a fundamental way, drastically expanding a group of stakeholders building a political party owned by no one but the people.

At the end of this message, I've included a sampling of the notes written by these new donors to the person who matched their pledge. I hope you'll take a look.

These thousands of Americans joined a community of ordinary Americans who want to change direction in this country. Together, we are underwriting a 50-state strategy to support Democrats in every state, up and down the ballot. They now own a piece of its success.

But that success depends on more than just dollars. It depends on the investment of time, energy and creativity you make as well. Will you volunteer in your state?

http://www.democrats.org/volunteer

Your information will be sent directly to the state party operation on the ground in your state. We've also built a volunteer resource center to give you all the tools you need to take this election into your own hands:

http://www.democrats.org/volunteer/resources

Here are those comments I promised. They are written by Americans from all parts of the country, from all walks of life. These Democrats are united in their desire to make our country and our democracy better.

That's the Democratic Party I know. Thank you for being a part of it.

Yours sincerely,
Tom

Tom McMahon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

David P. in New Orleans, Louisiana --
Thanks for matching my contribution -- it's not much, but it's nice to know people are out here making the most out of even small opportunities.

Sherman J. in Blacklick, Ohio --
It's an honor to make my first contribution to the DNC with you as my match. It's an even bigger honor to know that the man I supported in 2004, Howard Dean is the right man, in the right place, at the right time, and at such a critical time in our party's history. I too believe that the time has come for Democrats to either lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way, so that our government can truly be again, of, by, and for the people. Thanks again.

Eric N. in Plymouth, Massachusetts --
Thank you for matching my donation. This is my first ever donation to a political party, but I think it is important that politicians are not completely at the mercy of large businesses and special interest groups for their donations. That is what hooked me.

Kent C. in Comstock, Wisconsin --
Thank you for matching my contribution. This is the first time I have ever donated to a campaign. I have never been so motivated to vote, I am a father, husband, veteran, retired military, and now manage a small nonprofit organization. This will be my first ever straight party ticket vote. I expect my Democratic vote to protect the constitution, provide dialog and compromise in government, provide services for the needy and elderly, restore the middle class and an economy that treats all people fairly, and provide a plan to fix Iraq and protect our country. May god Bless America once again and the Democrats!

Nancy F. in Seattle, Washington --
Thank you for matching my contribution. This is the first I have donated this year, and it was YOU who made me feel inspired to do so. I hope we can truly make a difference in how our country goes about its business in the near future. It is time for change.

Harold D. in Schertz, Texas --
Thanks for your matching contribution. I am a retired educator of 32 years who wants to see a change in the direction of our country. I have high hopes that we can make a major change in Congress! Thanks again.

Bill B. in Forest Hills, New York --
Thanks for signing up to match my (or someone's) contribution. It made the difference for me, and inspired me to give. I like the program.

Kyle T. in Dallas, Texas --
Thank you. Your match probably pushed me over the line to contribute this year. I actually consider myself an independent, but I am more aligned with Democratic candidates, and I'm committed to doing what I can to alter the course of our government and country.

Sheryl M. in Topeka, Kansas --
Thanks for your commitment to the future of our country! Your willingness to match my contribution was great incentive to donate, and I appreciate it very much!

Annie S. in Madison, Wisconsin --
It's because I knew that someone was going to match my contribution that I gave to the Democratic Party today. That, and I think that the 50-state strategy is a GREAT idea, and I really admire Howard Dean's vision. I've been meaning to give for a while, so thanks for being the reason I finally did!

David T. in New York, New York --
I'm a little embarrassed that I probably wouldn't have put in the time to contribute until I saw the matching-contribution message from the DNC. Thanks for helping me do my part!

Linda L. in Laguna, New Mexico --
Thank you for your matching donation. I hope our joint effort is multiplied a million times across America so that it becomes our government (the government of all Americans) again in November.

Peter J. in Wooster, Ohio --
This is a great idea. I don't have much money or time to commit personally, but I've at least convinced my wife, who used to be a Republican, to vote for Ted Strickland and Sherrod Brown in Ohio.

Matt T. in Washington, D.C. --
Your pledge encouraged me to contribute for the first time, and I'm going to pledge to be a matcher and try to pull someone else in to contribute for the first time. I believe that the 50-state strategy will make us competitive in districts that we've never been competitive in before, and is the way for the Democratic Party to lead our country in the right direction.

Joyce B. in Kingston, New Hampshire --
Hopefully my "whisper" when joined by many more "whispers" will become a huge roar.

William R. in Ness City, Kansas --
Thanks for matching my contribution. We Democrats in Kansas are hopeful of making gains against our very conservative Republicans. It is a tough fight here, but we won't give up. Watch on election night and I think you will see that Kansas is not as far-right Republican as some believe. We are taking our state back.

Once again, thanks.

Cynthia D. in Houston, Texas --
I have been lazy this year as far as giving money is concerned. The matching offer closed the deal -- I feel so much better!

Katie C. in Portland, Oregon --
I too don't have a lot of money to contribute right now. But I was inspired to give ten dollars because I knew someone else in the United States believed our country was at a crossroads in this election. Thank you for being that person and matching my contribution.

Carol M. in New York, New York --
I have two children, 12 and 13. I like to tell them that the benefits of a democracy also come with an obligation; we have to care. We have to be part of making change happen when we see things going on that we don't like or don't think are right. And we can't afford to become cynical and give up on hope and the basic goodness of people. But "the people" have to make their voices heard. I am happy to join my voice with yours, and hope this is the beginning of a better story for my daughters.




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If you feel the same urgency that I do


JohnKerry.com

Dear Friend,

CONTRIBUTE NOW

This is our moment. In the last 24 hours, we have seen a tremendous outpouring of support from the johnkerry.com community. You've raised over $350,000, rushing money to four crucial Senate campaigns that will use this cash to expand their final media buys on Friday.

John Kerry told you yesterday that control of the Senate comes down to these four states: Tennessee, Missouri, New Jersey, and Virginia. Top Republican strategists have admitted as much.

This is how we will take back the Senate. This is how we will change America. And this is why your donation has never been more critical.

Take back the Senate: contribute to candidates' final media buys

I was honored when John Kerry asked me to keynote his Democratic National Convention in the summer of 2004. In the last two years, he and I have been working tirelessly to win back Congress. And now, it's come down to the final two weeks.

You know the kind of ads we're going to see in these last days. They'll play on our fears, they'll try to divide us, and they'll try to distract us from the real issues in this race -- the need for a new course in Iraq, for new leadership in Washington, for a new direction on health care and energy and education.

We've seen it all before, and we'll see it all again. But right now, you have the power to show America that it's not gonna work. Not this time.

Take back the Senate: contribute to candidates' final media buys

These four Senate races are going down to the wire. And, if we act together, the Republican candidates in each of these four states are going down to defeat.

Help Harold Ford, Jr. in Tennessee, Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Bob Menendez in New Jersey, and Jim Webb in Virginia.

If we win these races, we win it all.

Take back the Senate: contribute to candidates' final media buys

Americans are tired of being divided, tired of partisan roadblocks, tired of appeals to our worst instincts and greatest fears.

This country is ready for change. This country is desperate for leadership. Now it's up to us to get it done. Let's finish the job. Let's help America believe again.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

I have a problem

The Democratic Party

Dear automat,

This grassroots matching program is addictive. I've already made three pledges, which brought in new donors in West Virginia, Ohio and California. I'm going to have a hard time not making another one today.

You see, several thousand donors who own a piece of the Democratic Party have promised to match the donation of someone who hasn't given yet this year. We've pledged a certain amount and written a note to the person whose donation we'll match.

Over 4,000 new donors have taken the leap in less than 24 hours, and we're climbing to 5,000 as I write this. That means over 8,000 people have experienced what it's like to bonded by a sense of mutual commitment to creating a political party owned not by special interests or lobbyists but by ordinary Americans.

Here's what will happen if you decide to be a part of this. If you're a first-time donor for this year, you'll choose your donation amount, and our online tool will match you with someone who's pledged that same amount. You'll see their name and town and a message from them, if they chose to write one. You'll be able to send your own message back and, if you chose, even start a longer conversation.

The response from both existing donors and those who haven't given has been explosive. You really have to give this a try:

http://www.democrats.org/match

Why is this program so successful? Because for people getting so many fundraising messages, these "match" offers start to sound the same. But for the first time, you have the power to be the person who stands up and pledges to bring new donors to the party yourself.

If you read Governor Dean's message yesterday, you know that the only number that matters with our grassroots matching program is one.

One real person makes a commitment to match the donation of another real person, with the opportunity to see their name and hometown and even exchange messages. The fundamental equation is the same one-to-one, person-to-person politics that drives everything we do.

Will you double your donation by being matched by a real, live Democrat just like you?

http://www.democrats.org/match

If you're on the fence about whether to participate, I want to you to read something. It's an excerpt from an essay that appeared on the Huffington Post web site by the writer Paul Loeb. He's the author of a book called "Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time".

As you can probably guess from that title, he was excited about the underlying idea behind our grassroots match:

Grassroots Matching Grants: My Five Minutes as a Donor
By Paul Loeb

I've never been the kind of donor who gives matching grants. In fact I've never been a major donor at all, just someone who gives $25 here and $50 there to a bunch of causes I believe in, because that's what I can afford. So I loved the Democratic National Committee email that invited me and other ordinary citizens to make modest online pledges, to be redeemed when new donors contributed.

For a moment, I got to play Ford Foundation. And a woman in Knife River, Minnesota matched the $50 that I pledged on the DNC site. "I'm newly retired and uncertain about what I can actually afford to give," she emailed, "But the matching offer prompted me to respond despite that uncertainty. I agree with you that this regime must be stopped."

But it was more than the matching offer that's made this the DNC's single most successful fundraising email since 2004. And more even than the timing. Like most of us, I'm sure the Minnesota woman had gotten plenty of requests for contributions, including promises that some Senator, Congressperson, or anonymous wealthy donor would step in and amplify what she gave. But she hadn't responded. These matching appeals help our modest dollars go further. I respond to them when I can. But I also wonder why donors who have so much more money than I do (or so much in their campaign coffers while sitting on safe seats) don't simply give whatever they were planning to anyway without all the gamesmanship. They're trying to multiply their impact, I know, and often this works. But it also sends a bit of a double message.

This appeal felt different. Like the Party's new social networking tool, PartyBuilder, it offered those participating a human connection. It allowed me and others who'd already contributed a way to increase the impact of what we gave, and those responding to remember that they were being joined not just by generic donors, but by specific ordinary citizens who, like them, would contribute despite having to juggle budgets, bills and other normal commitments. That made all the difference to the woman from Minnesota. And it made all the difference to me, letting me tell the story of why I was contributing, and giving more than I'd originally planned. It made the process more personal. [...]

You can read the whole article here.

Our democracy is better off when more people are invested in the process.

Even if it's only $10 that you're donating, you will rightfully have a sense of ownership in our party and a sense of power in the political process. Over 4,000 new donors in the last 24 hours have taken that step.

The best part? When we win, we will finally have a party in power that is accountable to no one but people like you.

I hope you'll be a part of it.

Yours sincerely,
Tom

Tom McMahon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee




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