Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I don't send emails

Dear automat,

I'm Ann Marie Habershaw -- and as the chief operating officer here, I know you don't normally hear from me.

But this election season, we're putting together one of the most ambitious midterm campaign programs in American political history.

We've never had this much staff on the ground in a non-presidential election, and we're doing everything we can to reach out to the 15 million folks who voted for the first time in 2008 to get them back to the polls this fall.

Such an ambitious program isn't cheap -- we know our Vote 2010 plan will cost at least $50 million. From office space to salaries for field organizers to ads and mail pieces, the expenses all add up. And, right now, as I'm looking at our budgets and projections, we don't yet have enough.

This Wednesday, June 30th, is the second quarter fundraising deadline for federal elections, and we need to raise $465,000 before then to be confident as we go ahead with our plans.

That's why I'm writing to you today. Can you make a donation of $5 or more by Wednesday at midnight?

Back in 2006, when Democrats took back the House of Representatives, I was there -- working as the COO of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

I saw what a well-oiled campaign machine can accomplish, and I also saw the resources necessary to carry out an effective plan.

And since we took back Congress in 2006 and expanded those majorities in 2008, we've seen the results -- from a Recovery Act that brought our economy back from the brink of disaster to health reform that took 100 years and will cover 32 million Americans.

And now we need to fight for the President's allies up and down the ballot, to protect those gains and keep moving America forward.

We've got the plan that will make it happen, but we need your help. Please make a donation by Wednesday at midnight to move forward:

http://my.democrats.org/EOQBudget

Thank you so much,

Ann Marie Habershaw
Chief Operating Officer
Democratic National Committee



 

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Updates at your fingertips

The Democratic Party
automat --

As the Democratic Party steps up our groundbreaking efforts this election season, we're launching our party's first iPhone and iPad apps -- allowing Democrats across the country to stay connected and get involved in new ways.

This first mobile app ever released by our party -- and the first iPad app ever released by a political party or candidate -- will help supporters call Congress, find local events, connect with other grassroots Democratic supporters, and have access to the latest photos, videos and political news, all at their fingertips.

The new apps are the next step in our constant effort to empower supporters with information they need, when they need it. Earlier this month we launched RaiseYourVote.com, a brand new site where anyone can find personalized information on how to register, and when and where to vote in their area.

These steps are designed to advance our core mission: making sure grassroots Democrats have every advantage to help elect candidates they're passionate about and then to work side-by-side with those men and women, once they're voted into office, to move our country forward.

These efforts will play a crucial role in our unprecedented Vote 2010 campaign to turn out the 15 million first-time 2008 voters and energize and empower our core Democratic voters to support the President's allies in House, Senate and governor's races. If you have an iPhone or an iPad, I hope you'll download our app. Or if you know someone who does, please pass along this message.

You can download the iPhone or iPad app here:

http://my.democrats.org/iphone

Governor Tim Kaine
Chairman

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Fast

The Democratic Party
automat --

Yesterday, Republican Congressman Joe Barton, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued an outrageous personal apology to BP and slammed the President for his efforts to hold them accountable.

Worse, if the GOP wins back the House, Barton is the guy who could be in charge of regulating the oil industry.

Think about it: In the Gulf right now, jobs are being lost, ecosystems are being destroyed, an entire way of life is being upended. And Joe Barton is apologizing to the oil company that caused the disaster.

We're whipping together an ad as fast as possible to make sure voters know exactly whose side Barton and the GOP are on and to demand they stop apologizing to big oil, but we need your help to get it on the air.

If you're as furious as I am, will you chip in $5 to help us fight back?

https://my.democrats.org/BartonAd

Thanks,

Brad

Brad Woodhouse
Communications Director
Democratic National Committee


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Apologize to BP?

The Democratic Party
automat --

When BP CEO Tony Hayward testified before Congress this morning, many expected to hear him apologize for the disaster his company has caused. Instead, GOP Congressman Joe Barton was the one saying he was sorry -- to BP.

In his opening statement, Barton, the top Republican on the committee overseeing the oil spill and its aftermath, delivered a personal apology to the oil giant. He said the $20 billion fund that President Obama directed BP to establish to provide relief to the victims of the oil disaster was a "tragedy in the first proportion."

Other Republicans are echoing his call. Sen. John Cornyn said he "shares" Barton's concern. Rep. Michele Bachmann said that BP shouldn't agree to be "fleeced." Rush Limbaugh called it a "bailout." The Republican Study Committee, with its 114 members in the House, called it a "shakedown."

Let's be clear. This fund is a major victory for the people of the Gulf. It's a key step toward making them whole again. BP has a responsibility to those whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated by the disaster. And BP oil executives don't deserve an apology -- the people of the Gulf do.

Stand with us to show that the American people support holding BP accountable -- and we won't apologize for doing so.

We support holding BP accountable. And we won't apologize for doing so. Add your name.

Rep. Barton and Republicans like him don't understand that the real tragedy is what's happening to the people in the Gulf Coast. They're the ones who deserve his apology -- not BP.

But big oil knows exactly who its allies are. And if Republicans win control of the House, Rep. Barton could be chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee -- overseeing regulation of the oil and gas industry.

Notably, companies like Halliburton -- the folks responsible for cementing the Deepwater Horizon rig -- are directing their political committees to deliver thousands of dollars to GOP candidates this cycle. Barton himself has received more than $100,000 from the oil and gas industry this election cycle.

Barton should apologize to the people of the Gulf and he should step down as the highest-ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Adding your name to our open letter is one of the best ways you can show him and other Republicans that they weren't elected to defend big oil.

Sign the open letter today:

http://my.democrats.org/NoApologies

Thanks,

David Plouffe


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Monday, June 14, 2010

automat, will you stand with me?

automat --

The BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast is the worst environmental disaster of its kind in our nation's history. I am returning to the region today to review our efforts and meet with families and business owners affected by the catastrophe.

We are working to hold BP accountable for the damage to the lands and the livelihoods of the Gulf Coast, and we are taking strong precautions to make certain a spill like this never happens again.

But our work will not end with this crisis. That's one of the reasons why last week I invited lawmakers from both parties to join me at the White House to discuss what it will take to move forward on legislation to promote a new economy powered by green jobs, combat climate change, and end our dependence on foreign oil.

Today, we consume more than 20 percent of the world's oil, but have less than two percent of the world's oil reserves. Beyond the risks inherent in drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth, our dependence on oil means that we will continue to send billions of dollars of our hard-earned wealth to other countries every month -- including many in dangerous and unstable regions.

In other words, our continued dependence on fossil fuels will jeopardize our national security. It will smother our planet. And it will continue to put our economy and our environment at risk. We cannot delay any longer, and that is why I am asking for your help.

Please stand with me today in backing clean energy. Adding your name will help create a powerful, public display of support for making this change happen.

The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a new future. That means continuing our unprecedented effort to make everything -- from our homes and businesses to our cars and trucks -- more energy-efficient. It means rolling back billions of dollars of tax breaks to oil companies so we can prioritize investments in clean energy research and development.

Many businesses support this agenda because shifting to clean energy creates opportunities for entrepreneurship. This is how we will reinvent our economy -- and create new companies and new jobs all across the country.

There will be transition costs and a time of adjustment. But if we refuse to heed the warnings from the disaster in the Gulf -- we will have missed our best chance to seize the clean-energy future we know America needs to thrive in the years and decades to come.

The House of Representatives has already passed a comprehensive energy and climate bill, and there is currently a plan in the Senate -- a plan that was developed with ideas from Democrats and Republicans -- that would achieve the same goal. But this is an issue that Washington has long ignored in favor of protecting the status quo.

So I'm asking for your help today to show that the American people are ready for a clean-energy future.

Please add your name to mine:

http://my.democrats.org/CleanEnergy

Thank you,

President Barack Obama




 

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

The Gulf Coast

automat --

Yesterday, I visited Caminada Bay in Grand Isle, Louisiana -- one of the first places to feel the devastation wrought by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While I was here, at Camerdelle's Live Bait shop, I met with a group of local residents and small business owners.

Folks like Floyd Lasseigne, a fourth-generation oyster fisherman. This is the time of year when he ordinarily earns a lot of his income. But his oyster bed has likely been destroyed by the spill.

Terry Vegas had a similar story. He quit the 8th grade to become a shrimper with his grandfather. Ever since, he's earned his living during shrimping season -- working long, grueling days so that he could earn enough money to support himself year round. But today, the waters where he has worked are closed. And every day, as the spill worsens, he loses hope that he will be able to return to the life he built.

Here, this spill has not just damaged livelihoods. It has upended whole communities. And the fury people feel is not just about the money they have lost. It is about the wrenching recognition that this time their lives may never be the same.

These people work hard. They meet their responsibilities. But now because of a manmade catastrophe -- one that is not their fault and beyond their control -- their lives have been thrown into turmoil. It is brutally unfair. And what I told these men and women is that I will stand with the people of the Gulf Coast until they are again made whole.

That is why, from the beginning, we have worked to deploy every tool at our disposal to respond to this crisis. Today, there are more than 20,000 people working around the clock to contain and clean up this spill. I have authorized 17,500 National Guard troops to participate in the response. More than 1,900 vessels are aiding in the containment and cleanup effort. We have convened hundreds of top scientists and engineers from around the world. This is the largest response to an environmental disaster of this kind in the history of our country.

We have also ordered BP to pay economic injury claims, and this week, the federal government sent BP a preliminary bill for $69 million to pay back American taxpayers for some of the costs of the response so far. In addition, after an emergency safety review, we are putting in place aggressive new operating standards for offshore drilling. And I have appointed a bipartisan commission to look into the causes of this spill. If laws are inadequate, they will be changed. If oversight was lacking, it will be strengthened. And if laws were broken, those responsible will be brought to justice.

These are hard times in Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast, an area that has already seen more than its fair share of troubles. The people of this region have met this terrible catastrophe with seemingly boundless strength and character in defense of their way of life. What we owe them is a commitment by our nation to match the resilience they have shown. That is our mission. And it is one we will fulfill.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama




 

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