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Hi. I'm trying to use ActBlue to fundraise for a few of my favorite Democrats. Several of them are facing tough races to take or return to seats in the House or Senate. Some of them are facing rough reelection cycles. Some of them just deserve a little love as strong standard bearers of the progressive cause. I think all of them uphold a strong tradition of progressive values.

To help motivate in whatever way I can, for the first $1,000 in donations to my ActBlue page, I am planning a fund-match -- see details below the orange squiggley thingy.

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Yes, it's nearly the end of the 1st quarter and all the Democratic candidates are emailing, calling and otherwise asking for your "turkee" to fund their campaigns. I've decided to try to help with a ActBlue fundraising page with some of my "favorite" Democrats running for office.

These are folks who, in my opinion, are solid progressives and many of them are facing tough election or re-election races. I also included choices for the national Democratic Party and Progressive organizations for those of you who would prefer to give to centralized organizations.

These include
President:
Barack Obama

Senators and Senate Candidates:
Elizabeth Warren (MA)
Sherrod Brown (OH)
Shelly Berkley (NV)
Claire McCaskill (MO)
John Tester (MT)
Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Tim Kaine (VA)
Tammy Baldwin (WI)
Amy Klobuchar (MN)
Bernie Sanders (VT)
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)
Maria Cantwell (WA)
Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)

Congresswomen, Congressmen and House Candidates:
Niki Tsongas (MA-03)
Annie Kuster (NH-02)
Alan Grayson (FL-09)
Suzan Delbene (WA-01)
Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01)
Eric Griego (NM-01)
Tim Walz (MN-01)
Jerry McNerney (CA-11)
Jose Hernandez (CA-10)

The organizations included on my fundraising page include the DNC, DCCC and DSCC from the core Party sites, along with Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee organizations.

I have a mission to try to get at least 50 contributors to my fundraising page by the 31st of March. To help "lubricate" the giving, I am planning to match every $50 donated to via my page with a $10 donation of my own, up to $200, so the first $1,000 contributed will "turn into" $1,200. If this is successful, I'll try to turn the fundraising into a regular quarterly "thing" through the November elections.

So please feel free to head on over to ActBlue and donate whatever you can to whichever candidate(s) or Democratic Party/progressive organization(s) you prefer from my my choices. I'll match every $50 of your donations with another $10 of my own, up to $200 of turkee from me.

Thanks!

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