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  •  Just to clarify: (3+ / 0-)
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    I meant, I don't think it will turn out as bad as you think it will, but it will turn out plenty bad enough.  Which is why we can't let it happen.

    We might want to get a bit more methodical in organizing our fundraising and communications efforts.

    The truth is that we are a party within a party, and so are the Blue Dogs.  We need to act like it, and we're starting to.

    "This is our time. We must be relentless. Even if (or when) Obama seems like he doesn't have our back...we know what we believe in." philipmerrill

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 12:54:56 PM PDT

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    •  I just went over to the Act Blue campaign... (2+ / 0-)

      ...and donated 100 buck each to Maxine Waters and Diane Watson. This is a good example of fund-raising. A direct link to an issue (signing thge pledge to vote no if the plan doesn't have a public option). The amount of money raised is big enough that it gets covered in the media, which is a multiplier.

      Not systematic, very much ad hoc, but targeted.

      It means that the DSCC and the DCCC and the DNC can forget about ever getting a dime from me. There is no way I want a penny of my money to go into a Blue Dog's campaign, which is where some of the DSCC, DCCC and DNC money goes. Starve those beasts.

      So, systematically crating very large fund-raising powers, like Act Blue, MoveOn and Democracý for America makes sense from the systematic side. And then high-profile ad hoc advocacy campaigns for single issue coalitions.

      WE have the power because WE have the money. Fuck K-Street.

      The private health insurance business model is not based on making health care more efficient. It is based on finding ways to avoid paying claims.

      by expatjourno on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 01:08:13 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, I guess if it ain't baroque (1+ / 0-)
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        don't fix it, right? :-) And the ad hoc stuff is doing a good job.  I just wish I knew roughly how big our pool of donors is.  You can bet the DCCC, DSCC, etc. know.

        "This is our time. We must be relentless. Even if (or when) Obama seems like he doesn't have our back...we know what we believe in." philipmerrill

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 01:19:22 PM PDT

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        •  I think we do need both. (1+ / 0-)
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          Wealthy groups to do progressive party building (systematic), plus smaller campaign to make an impact on specific issues. And I agree with you that we need to get better at it.

          The private health insurance business model is not based on making health care more efficient. It is based on finding ways to avoid paying claims.

          by expatjourno on Sun Aug 23, 2009 at 01:35:59 PM PDT

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