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  •  I donated (5+ / 0-)

    to 4 out of state races and got thank yous from 3 of them--Eric Massa, John Laesch, and Joe Sestack.  They also wrote in the letter/card what they were using the money for.  As it was my first time ever donating to campaigns it certainly reinforced donating in general, donating to out of state candidates, and to these 3 guys in particular.

    "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, and the dream shall never die." Ted Kennedy

    by sobermom on Fri Sep 15, 2006 at 05:49:50 PM PDT

    •  I'm sure it also increased the chances... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...that you would donate to them again if they asked.  It definitely works on me!

      One thing campaigns in general and Democrats this season in particular should be careful to remember is that many donors are new to the experience of giving to political causes.  My unscientific opinion is that the circumstances we face today mean that many people who have never donated before are opening their pocketbooks -- and it's more important than ever to make sure they feel appreciated and respected.

      -AG

      (-3.00, -5.28) -- I'm a libertarian capitalist Democrat

      by AlphaGeek on Fri Sep 15, 2006 at 10:43:43 PM PDT

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      •  Kerry campaign pissed me off (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't have oodles of money.  But I put in a lot of time volunteering.  Registering voters, doing up a couple of precinct spreadsheets (his campaign wouldn't share electronic files with locals, saying they were "proprietary"), groundwork for events, raising money for and sending out issue mailings locally, finding homes for and delivering yard signs.  And so on and so forth.  Out of pocket for most of the associated expenses.

        And still, I'd get those fundraising letters, asking me to send them money.  Every week.  Like all the work I did, and out of pocket expense, were nothing.  Like the only thing that I'm good for is writing a check.  

        Why should I send them money?  All they did was inundate with innumerable TV ads, plus more requests for money.  For the most part (with one exception), didn't get anything from them to help with any of the local work.  (In the bluest county - and one of the poorest counties in the country - in the purplest state!!)

        I sent replies sometimes, asking that they quit sending their damn letters.  They never stopped though.  Until the election was over, that is.  They never did act like they really wanted to win.  Not from where I sat.

        Our local county grassroots activists could have done so much with the money they spent on a single local market (=Albuquerque) TV commercial.  And no one would ever have noticed that there was one less of them.

        Disappointing and annoying.

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