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I just spoke with Virginia "Ginny" Schrader, and the news is spectacular. Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET, her campaign has raised $14K online. Some from Daily Kos, some from other sources. This is a blogosphere-wide phenomenon.

She also going to be our candidate heading into November. And more importantly, she hasn't been asked by any prominent local or state Dems to step aside for someone else. That doesn't mean that the party can't change its mind once it has analyzed the situation with a sober mind, but 1) Ginny has put her entire life on hold for this race, and isn't about to drop it, and 2) the money coming in tonight will act as insurance, helping put to rest the "she can't raise money" excuse they might otherwise deploy.

Despite her limited resources, Ginny has already assembled a staff of two full-timers and a host of full-time volunteers, and has been receiving the enthusiastic help of local Dean groups (including one across state lines in New Jersey). I'm not sure if the Philly for Dean people are helping out, but that was one of the best Dean groups in the country. Hopefully they'll lend a hand. Especially since, given the ridiculously expensive Philly media market, her campaign plans on running a heavy ground operation.

Her campaign has already done joint canvassing with the local Kerry effort, and ACT is active in the area. It's going to be a battleground district for the presidential race, and their heavy emphasis on the ground game should have positive repercussions up and down the ticket. Spectacular news indeed.

Update: I originally wrote that Ginny had five paid staffers. My mistake, I misheard. It's actually two, but the new cash already has them looking to beef up their staff.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 06:20 PM PDT.

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  •  Three step process (3.83)
    1. Declare political candidacy.
    2. ?????
    3. Profit!
    Apparently #2 is "Have the GOP screw the pooch".  And in Rick Santorum's Pennsylvania, no less.
  •  re: Act Blue (none)
    Nothing against those guys, but so you know, the money doesn't go directly to the candidate. It ends up in the ActBlue account, and they cut a weekly check to the campaign.

    It's nice that they can track the source of the donation, but it's better to donate directly to the campaigns. That way, they can use the money immediately. I don't care about getting an accurate count of dKos-sourced donations in this case. I'm happy seeing her online contributions skyrocket literally overnight.

    •  Wish I'd known that (none)
      20 minutes ago, but what the hell, she'll get the money in a week. Thanks for filling us in on that, though!

      liberal: Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded. (American Heritage Dict.)

      by Joan McCarter on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 06:26:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Aristotle Fees Vs. Act Blue Fees (none)
      I'd like to know what kind of a cut Act Blue takes for CC processing. I know that Aristotle takes quite a hefty percentage, both for processing and as a cut for payment for their service.

      Act Blue claims that they take only the processing fees, which is why I chose to go through them in this case. I'd be interested in knowing more about the fees for both, if anyone's in a position to disclose that sort of thing.

      My guess is that Act Blue gives more of the money to the campaign than Aristotle, but I could be wrong.

      •  I suspect ActBlue has better gross-to-net (none)
        ... and I suspect somebody will document that in detail shortly.
      •  100% (none)
        ActBlue gives 100% to the candidates.

        Swing State Project - Analyzing the 2004 battleground states.

        by David Nir on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 06:47:03 PM PDT

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        •  Except for the credit card processing fees (none)
          Which it says in the very next question.

          So, it's not really 100%.

          Credit card fees can vary based on volume and who your merchant bank is. So, it's likely that Aristotle does more in volume than ActBlue and can get better rates. However, they also charge on top of that for their service to campaigns, so ActBlue is probably the better way to give. Or at least that's what I suspect. It'll be interesting to see if anyone knows for sure.

          Ben

      •  Aristotle takes a cut? (none)
        Well, we know Kos needs to think about college expenses :-)
      •  ActBlue credit card fees (4.00)
        Thanks for the question -- to clarify, we don't take a cut ourselves.  We're a PAC, not a payment processor, and our goal is to get as much money to Dems as we can.

        The payment processor we use (Tranvia) charges
        the fees, and those fees come out of the money that we pass on to the candidates.

        As to the exact rates: currently we're charged 2.4% plus 10 cents per transaction (for Visa/MC -- Discover and Amex are a bit higher, as with most payment processors).  As our volume increases, that will descend to 2.0% plus 10 cents per transaction.

        By way of comparison: the average donation on ActBlue tonight is approx. $30.  So the fee that comes out of that is 2.4% of $30 + 10 cents = 82 cents.

        The fee for paypal is (I believe) 2.2% of $30 + 35 cents = $1.01

        Most others (like Versign, Authorize.net) are in between.  We chose Tranvia precisely because they were the most efficient for transactions of this sort.  And when we get down to the 2% realm, they're the best no matter what the average.

        By contrast, Aristotle is total highway robbery: they used to charge 15% plus $1 per transaction, now they're down to something like 7% plus $1 per transaction.  There's a reason they're losing business.

        •  Re: Act Blue (none)
          Thanks for the info!

          Having not dealt with Aristotle since '02 (and advising candidates to set up their own merchant accounts instead of pay their fees), it's good to know that they've at least dropped the ridiculous 15%. Although 7% still seems very high to me.

          Knowing that, I'll keep using ActBlue, even if it takes a bit longer for the cash to get to the candidate. I'd rather they have as much of my donation as they can get!

          Ben

          •  Thank you! (4.00)
            We appreciate it, and so do the candidates :-)

            Plus, Aristotle is run by a bunch of Republicans, or so I've been told.  They used to own the business, but they're losing it dramatically -- especially among Democratic campaigns.

            Many Democrats are now working with NGP Software, which is owned and run by Dems, and they only support Democratic candidates.  (Also, their rates are very reasonable.)

        •  Rep (none)
          Ben, you should add this information to your FAQ. I think this kind of transparency is very good, and can only help ActBlue's reputation.

          Swing State Project - Analyzing the 2004 battleground states.

          by David Nir on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:09:15 PM PDT

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        •  Are you registered as a PAC with the IRS? (none)
          and are your books audited?

          "pay any price, bear any burden"

          by JimPortlandOR on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:55:23 PM PDT

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          •  Info (4.00)
            This info is on the ActBlue website.  It's an FEC-registered PAC and the books are reviewed by an independent auditor.

            The value that I saw in ActBlue -- and why I created a list -- was that it would allow me to put all of my target races on a single page, where I could easily rip through them and drop my money in the campaign coffers when the time comes.

            Unfortunately, halfway through the list, I discovered that ActBlue was enforcing whole dollar amounts.  Whoa!  But now it looks like this has been rectified.

            It's probably up to individual donors whether they want to pay the extra 5% processing fee to give through a campaign site (and have immediately retribution) or use ActBlue, which might send more money directly to the candidates, but where donations are only processed once per week.

            Finally, when I gave to the candidates through the ActBlue site, I got thank yous from the individual campaigns, so presumably, they got my mailing list and contact info from ActBlue (which I guess they'd have to get anyway according to FEC rules).

            Give to the Daily KOS 8!

            by Aaron Gillies on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 08:00:28 PM PDT

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          •  Yes. (4.00)
            From our FAQ:


            ActBlue is a PAC, registered with the FEC and not connected with any candidate, party, or other entity. We are permitted to directly contribute to and coordinate with candidates for President, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate, and can also transmit earmarked donations (your list contributions) from individuals to candidates.

            ActBlue does not make any direct campaign contributions at this time--we use "hard money" contributions (subject to the $5000 limit per calendar year from any individual) only for our own operations.

            By contrast, so-called "527 organizations" do not register with the FEC,  cannot financially support or coordinate with candidates, and can accept  "soft money."

            Our FEC ID is C00401224, and our reports are online here.

    •  14k? (none)
      Awesome.  For a candidate who was, until today, obscure nationally.

      Wow.

      I wonder what the Repugs are doing tonight?
      (Oooh, to the tune of Camelot)

      This has got to be adding major insult to the injury of having their candidate bail out on them. For anyone thinking of picking up the GOP ball, it's suddenly going to be "Expect a hard race, at least."  Maybe even a hunt for a sacrificial elephant.

      The penalty good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves. -- Plato

      by ogre on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 06:29:39 PM PDT

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      •  shouldn't it really be... (none)
        ...What do the simple folk do?

        It's amazing what happens when you listen to the other person's opinion --- GWB, 12/18/00

        by Doug in SF on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 06:43:04 PM PDT

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      •  They're still (4.00)
        ..trying to hunt someone down for the ILLY Sen-seat. And trying to save DeLay from prosecution. And trying to spin Frist's failure with the FMA. And trying to quiet the Cheney dropout chants.

        Then they'll get to the PA House.

        Really doe, I think we're seeing a trickle-down effect from the WH on down. Since when, even with the advent of the internet, have so many people devoted so much time to donating to politicians who are not in their own state? Didn't happen in 1998 despite all the hoofahrah over Clinton.

        This is a manifestation of the dissatisfaction with the Bush Admin and the realization that it has become necessary to cut the GOP's legs off and get our own people in there by any means available. This is why even the more moderate Senators and Reps are sweating. The anger from the Blue People is papable and we're out to take down everyone with R- in front of their name, friend or foe. This is glorious. Long live the blogosphere!

        Why, is that Don Rumsfeld? Nah. Can't be. The United States doesn't negotiate with terrorists.

        by Jank2112 on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:46:44 PM PDT

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        •  Simply put, (none)
          we the People have faced up to the reality of our situation.  Our government has become the "best money can buy.  Being fed up with what those with money have bought... we're breaking open piggy banks to buy it back.

          And yes, the blogosphere has provided the networking and information to make it possible.  I can't buy it back, and neither can you.  But $0.01 by $0.01, it's happening.

          Just ask Ginny.

          The penalty good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves. -- Plato

          by ogre on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:52:52 PM PDT

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    •  ActBlue (none)
      I wrote and asked if they could get a check out to her right away.  It might not do any good, but it can't hurt to ask nicely!  :)
      •  We're sending out her first check tonight (4.00)
        Hi, I'm ActBlue's treasurer.

        First, thanks to everyone who's donated to Ginny today, either through us or on her campaign website!  This is absolutely incredible...

        The FEC requires that we disburse bundled contributions to candidates within ten days, but there's absolutely no requirement to wait that long.  We know that Ginny needs cash ASAP, so we'll be sending her first check out tonight, for at least $1,800.  We'll always send out checks as fast as we can in cases like this - we did the same thing for the June 30th deadline.

        The other piece of the puzzle (which Ben mentioned above) is that our credit card rates are a hell of a lot lower than Aristotle, who's doing the processing for the Schrader website right now.

        To put the numbers in context: The average donation on ActBlue to Ginny is about $30, and let's assume that it's the same on the campaign site. So that's $14k / 30 = 467 transactions.

        Now, with Aristotle's credit card fees (7% plus $1/transaction) the campaign is paying $1447.

        Had those same credit cards gone through ActBlue (2.4% plus 10 cents per transaction) the campaign would have paid $382.70.

        So yes, the campaign would have to wait a few extra days to put the money in the bank -- but they'd have $1064.30 extra if those donations went through ActBlue.

        •  Info (none)
          This seems like pretty important info to me. I would guess that Ginny's campaign is paying such stiff fees because they are so small. ActBlue, though new and also relatively small, is paying far lower fees - and as it grows, ActBlue will pay even lower fees.

          Campaigns in the future might want to direct all their supporters to donate via ActBlue if the economies of scale favor that. If ActBlue can find a way to distribute the money to the campaigns more quickly (perhaps even instantly), then this could get really big. Interesting.

          Swing State Project - Analyzing the 2004 battleground states.

          by David Nir on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:43:11 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks! (none)
          You guys are fantastic!
    •  Getting the money to go directly to campaigns... (none)
      ...believe me, we're working on it -- cutting 50+ checks a week is no fun when it's just two of us in the office!   But right now this is the easiest way for us to transfer the money.  
    •  So that means that... (none)
      all the money contributed via ActBlue isn't in the $14K figure you quoted earlier.  From the comments I read earlier, perhaps 60% of money comming in from this blog was being contributed via ActBlue.  I would think if this pattern was being repeated by other blogs then this candidate can expect a nice hefty check soon.  Correct? Or is there something I overloked?

      "If this be treason, make the most of it." -- Patrick Henry

  •  $14,000 in 4 Hours? (4.00)
    Holy shit.  That's a lot of turkee (but yes, I think I'll have another helping, thanks very much, and maybe some stuffing and cranberries too), and it shows the extraordinary power of this medium.  Keep it going, folks!!!
  •  $14k -- the blogosphere rocks on! (none)
    Including $1725.44 through ActBlue.  

    http://actblue.com/list/schrader

    More real-time updates to follow!

  •  Wow! (none)
    Kos, could you get her to post here and talk to us? I know she's busy, but still I would like for her to be open to answering questions from us bloggers. And can she do PayPal or snailmail? No debit card this time, and I have never, ever given to a candidate before. A little to the Democratic party, but never a candidate.

    And it sounds like she's organized and ready to go, just needs money to ramp up her efforts.

    You know, we Dems have been having so much good luck this year that its seems unnatural for this person whose political awareness began in 1968 at the age of 12. (I know I'm giving away my age-and I don't care, just happy to be around, that's all). For once, enough money, a unified party, and sudden Republican drop-outs in key districts.

    Wowwowwww.....

    Kerry in 08, Dean in 12...And always a Democrat

    by CarolDuhart on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 06:32:35 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the update Kos (none)
    Sent another 200.01 Ginny's way. Let's go for 20 grand tonight.
  •  Does anyone know (none)
    why the incumbent dropped out?

    I think it's an interesting sign that a lot of moderate Republicans aren't running for re-election.  What gives?

    Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning? -- G. W. Bush

    by Unstable Isotope on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 06:34:43 PM PDT

    •  Word is he's in line for a plum post w/BIO, (none)
      ... the biotech lobby (where he can push Bush on stem cells, I'll wager).
      •  Minority (none)
        My suspicion also is that more senior Republicans are realizing that they might not be in power come January. Why not take that cushy job & spend time with the grandkids instead of grinding away as the minority party?

        Swing State Project - Analyzing the 2004 battleground states.

        by David Nir on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 06:49:29 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Aye, a very significant 'kicker' (none)
          We might see a couple more retirements, a party switch or two, a bit less fear of DeLay's mighty Hammer in the late bidding for election-sensitive pork and press-release credit, more even-handed treatment from K Street (something I think's already in evidence), and better treatment from fence-sitting max contributors.

          The little things add up.

          I'm thinking that panic could set in along about the second week of August "district work period", and then things get ver-r-ry interesting.

          •  Retirements (none)
            Have there been any other prominent (or even not prominent) GOP retirements this year? How do the numbers compare with Dem retirements?

            Swing State Project - Analyzing the 2004 battleground states.

            by David Nir on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:12:01 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Two moderate Republicans (none)
              in western New York.  Amo Houghton NY-29 and Jack Quinn NY-26.  That's just two that I know of.

              Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning? -- G. W. Bush

              by Unstable Isotope on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:13:57 PM PDT

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            •  All House members retiring: (4.00)
              * potentially competitive

              GOP:
              *Amo Houghton (NY-29)
              *Jack Quinn (NY-27)
              *Jim Greenwood (PA-8)
              *Pat Toomey (PA-15)
              Richard Burr (NC-5)
              Cass Ballenger (NC-10)
              Jim DeMint (SC-4) running for Senate
              Johnny Isakson (GA-6) running for Senate
              Mac Collins (GA-8) running for Senate
              Porter Goss (FL-14)
              David Vitter (LA-1) running for Senate
              *Billy Tauzin (LA-3)
              Nick Smith (MI-7)
              *Doug Bereuter (NE-1)
              *Scott McInnis (CO-3)
              Doug Ose (CA-3)
              *George Nethercutt (WA-5) running for Senate
              *Jennifer Dunn (WA-8)

              Dems:
              *Joe Hoeffel (PA-13) running for Senate
              Denise Majette (GA-4) running for Senate
              Peter Deutsch (FL-20) running for Senate
              *Chris John (LA-7) running for Senate
              *Ken Lucas (KY-4)
              Gerald Klezcka (WI-4)
              Dick Gephardt (MO-3)
              Karen McCarthy (MO-5)
              Brad Carson (OK-2) running for Senate
              Jim Turner (TX-?)
              Cal Dooley (CA-20)

      •  On this score, Al Giordano has a kick-ass (4.00)
        ... inside scoop diary on the subject.
    •  From RollCall (none)
      Greenwood issued a statement Monday afternoon in which he said, "From time to time during my twenty four years of public service, I have been approached and offered other types of challenges and opportunities. Such has been the case in the last few days, and I am currently reviewing one of these opportunities. I will make my decision public in the very near future and will have no other statement until then."

      Bush/Cheney: Go Fuck Yourself. John2 '04.

      by PeteyP on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 06:47:35 PM PDT

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  •  I'm in (4.00)
    $50 that I can't afford are being delivered to Ginny. And a penny.

    I know what its like to run a tough race in PA when the CW is you don't have a chance. I worked my ass off for Scott Conklin in PA 09 back in '01, when the Conventional Wisdom was we didn't have a chance. We gut snubbed by just about everyone who could in DC, (including the ineffective and arrogant DCCC...glad to see they're slowly changing their tune), and ended up losing by a tiny tiny margin. I remain convinced that if the blogosphere were just a wee bit more developed back then, you would have put us well over the top and we'd have another D voting for Speaker Pelosi today.

    Keep giving folks. It's all about the small donations. Small and loosely joined is a great motto for 2004.

    Ben

    (Sorry for the repost, but I was near the bottom of the last Ginny thread, and though the encouragement couldn't hurt here!)

  •  A Cheese Steak for Ginny (4.00)
    The blogosphere is making a statement tonight.  This was not systematically organized, it was a spontaneous, self-mobilized event.  Totally DIY grassroots politics at its purest.

    When Kos posted his call for 10K tonight that struck me as wildly ambitious.  But here you have it.  $14k, and counting. Tonight's the night that acting together we can blow the minds of politics as usual all across the country.  Would I be mocked and denounced too much if I say, "You have the power"?  Let's go for $20K tonight!

    Ten bucks everyone, ten bucks.  A Philly cheese steak for Ginny!  If you can give more, great, but 90% of us can give 10 bucks.  If you aren't in already, just do it.  

    No one expects the Spanish Inquisition--and no one expects the power of the united blogosphere in action.

    Send a message tonight!

    I don't belong to any organized political party, I'm a Democrat--Will Rogers

    by Dancing Larry on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 06:47:06 PM PDT

  •  Kos - I sure hope she sends out a presser... (none)
    ... to the local media.

    This should be major news... and will give her likely some positive (and free) face time in the local newspapers/tv/radio.

    The best advertising is the free stuff!

    •  They were already working on it (none)
      So my suggestion was actually positive reinforcement. They've geared up quickly to take advantage of the new attention. They're not an amateur shop, as far as I could tell.
      •  Okay good.. (none)
        ...hey being a journalist working in the tv biz.. I know how important a press release with key words bolded is really needed these days to get the producer/editor's eye... :D
        •  I helped things along a little bit (none)
          I alerted all the major Philly media about the story and also contacted the Hill....

          If anyone can get through to the NYTimes, WashPost and Roll Call, that would be great....

          Let the spot light shine baby.....yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!

  •  What a nice story! (4.00)
    What a marvelous "reversal of fortune" for the good Ms Schrader.   It is wonderful to see an obviously nice, person, who has been laboring away against the odds of incumbancy, suddenly get a nice break, and a nice ground-swell of support.

    Interestingly, and I'd love to hear a follow-up on this aspect of the situation, there often is an effect that when a candidate starts getting a spike in their fund-raising, particularly when it is from outside the district, local folks suddenly take a second look at the candidate.   From her bio and how she presents herself on her web site, I am inclined to think she is exactly the sort of person that folks in Pennsylvania would be completely comfortable voting for.  

    She brings to the race no baggage, no history of legislative blunders, no negatives, just a life of accomplishment and family, nice kids, a congenial looking husband, and impressive vitae.  Sometimes the nice guy/gal really does win.   In a way, it reminds me of a Horatio Alger story.   All she needs are the magic ingredients in all of the Horatio Alger stories;   a piece of good luck (done), after which others come to recognize her worth (in progress), and provide her with the financial support that she needs to succeed (ongoing).

  •  Great news, next stop 'dKos 9'? (none)
    •  I had too much to drink! (4.00)
      Confirmation No.:     118125
      Contribution To:      Schrader for Congress
      Name of Contributor:  MR Jon Warton
      Date of Contribution: 7/19/2004
      Amount:               $200.00

      Please print this receipt as acknowledgement of your contribution.

      If you have any questions regarding your contribution, or for further information, please send an email to the Contribution Administrator at campaigncontribution@aristotle.com. Your contribution will appear as a charge to CampaignContribution.com, not Schrader for Congress.

  •  Five staffers = good (none)
    I didn't see any paid staff on her most FEC reports so I was a fair bit concerned.

    But if she's got them now, she should hopefully be in good hands...

    --- My opinions are my own and not my employer's.

    by Aexia on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 06:56:07 PM PDT

  •  For reference (3.50)
    In all of last quarter (April, May, June), her campaign raised just over $11,000, so we've already got that beat in just a few hours.  Her ENTIRE take through 6/30/04 was just over $25,000.  I'd wager that we could probably knock down that mark by, at the latest, tomorrow.

    Small donors rock!

  •  Ooooooooooooo yeah!!! (none)
    14K -- another step towards a Speaker Pelosi.  

    "Reality" is the only word in the English language that should always be used in quotes.

    by LionelEHutz on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:00:13 PM PDT

  •  You finally got me doing it... (4.00)
    ... giving money to a (pre-) kos choice.  Money from this extremely underemployed person is very important, especially living in San Francisco.  However, I'm a native of Bucks County Pennsylvannia and well acquainted with their long history of moderate Republican congressmen; one was my neighbor back in the 60s.  If anyone is still reading this thread, believe me... this is an outstanding opportunity and I hope that you'all can kick in more than my $10.01!

    Thanks kos, for helping me help out the home team!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ / -LONO- ® \ | Disjecta Membra | | Belligerati R.C. | \ San Francisco / \

    by lono on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:07:23 PM PDT

  •  i'm in (4.00)
    i'm in 30.01, from an unemployed Californian.
  •  <b> I'm Proud to put money in ... </B> (none)
    and tell the candidate that it is because of KOS
    that I know about it!  This is stuff that makes
    a difference.  Someone was on my case about giving
    more money to Kerry, and I said absolutely not:
    the races getting my money are the ones that count
    in the congress.  Go for it!!
  •  Me too (4.00)
    $150.01 here.  She looks very good on the issues--one of those candidates where we don't have to console ourselves by repeating "It's a conservative area, so we can't expect too much..."

    "The longest journey begins with the first step. And that first step is electing John Kerry." -- Howard Dean, 3/25/04

    by Go Vegetarian on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:32:18 PM PDT

    •  Yep. "Console" is the right word ... (4.00)
      ...and I'm sending $25.01. But I gotta tell ya, if the Democratic establishment there tries to ease her out after she took on a race other Dems considered hopeless, they deserve a good spanking.

      Hooray for girlie men.

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 08:29:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Her Chances (none)
    You know, I went to her website, and it's refreshingly heartfelt and down home and all, but on it, she comes out in favor of gay marriage.

    Now, I'm completely in favor of gay marriage. But it just seems highly unlikely to me that a Democrat with that position is going to get elected in a district with a Republican representative.

    •  Seems (4.00)
      It seems that her district voted for Gore in 2000.  The Republican incumbent was a liberal "Yankee Republican," not one of these new-fangled God and Guns types off of Pat Robertson TV.  I thought her statement on the marriage issue sounded eminently sensible.  Evidently, there is a big Dean contingent in her district as well.

      Give to the Daily KOS 8!

      by Aaron Gillies on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:37:30 PM PDT

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  •  District 8 (none)
    Well, whatever kind of Republican he is, he racked up about 60% in the last election.
  •  In '04 I'm a Single Issue Voter in House Races (4.00)
    And that single issue is Speaker Pelosi.

    50.01 from Brooklyn, NY. GO GINNY GO!

  •  Her District sounds like Rockefeller Repub (none)
    Which makes a difference. She can be more liberal on social issues provided that she's a fiscal moderate and reasonably hawkish.

    One thing occurred to me just now: If Schrader is mulling his options, this fundraising may help him make up his mind. He's retiring to get other opportunities that are more likely easier in the public sector, so he's not all that enthusiastic about running anyway. The prospect of facing a well-financed and supported challenger in a hard, competitive race when you've already tired of being in office anyway makes retirement look even better.

    Kerry in 08, Dean in 12...And always a Democrat

    by CarolDuhart on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:42:35 PM PDT

  •  yup (4.00)
    She looks like a suitor. I just did $50.01.

    This is about more than Ginny, the way I see it. I'm willing to gamble that this site can have a major effect in propelling an establishment-ignored candidate to victory. (F**king wimps -- the DCCC and the rest of them.)

    Good work Kos. I was wondering when you would emerge from your "no more fundraising" funk.

    The best intentions in the world, placed on a shelf, are worthless.

    by chuco35 on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 07:44:19 PM PDT

  •  Does anyone here live (none)
    in this district?
  •  Ok...it's really time for a bat around here (none)
    Having followed the Ginny threads all evening, with increasing excitement, I really hope Marcos finds a way to incorporate "the bat" someday soon.
  •  I'm in for $50.01 (none)
    Maybe it's that I just had a beer, but I ponied up $50.01. Let's take back the House!

    BushOut.TV - 2004 campaign ad news and views

    by LFinMN on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 08:01:15 PM PDT

  •  I'm an asshole. (4.00)
    No, really, I am. I doubted that we could hit $10k by tomorrow morning, and I stated that we should have no problem clearing $2k today. And man, did I low-ball it.

    Ginny is now a national candidate; we have declared it so. It's good to be an American.

  •  Well (4.00)
    A few questions:
    1. What is her professional/political background?
    2. How much money could she raise?
    3. Besides Peter Kostmayer, who used to represent the seat, who else could run who is credible?
    •  $14,000 in 4 hours is a good start... (none)
      That's the answer to number 2.

      Number 3's answer is no one. You don't raise $20,000 (guessing here) in a single day and get forced out of the race. The DCCC has done some really braindead stupid things in the past, but this year they seem to get it. And they're not going to try to force out a woman who's campaign inspired small donor giving topping $20,000 in 12 hours. Not gonna' happen.

    •  For Answer to Your First Question (none)
      ... follow the link Kos posted at the top ... plenty of info about her on her campaign website ... looks like a winner to me.

      vote early - vote often

      by wystler on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 09:36:39 PM PDT

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  •  I'm in.... (none)
    for $20.01.  My first official "Kossack" contribution. ;-)

    "No President has ever done more for human rights than I have." --George W. Bush (quoted in The New Yorker, January 17, 2004)

    by Jim in Chicago on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 08:12:49 PM PDT

  •   $1961.52 through ActBlue (none)
    for those keeping score at home :-)

    http://actblue.com/list/schrader

  •  it looks like it's sneezing. or passing wind. (none)

    district 8

    and what the hell is wrong with this picture?
    district 6

    if ron reagan dyed his hair, and i'm not sayin' he did, it was only to show his strength to the communists - hank hill

    by leif on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 08:18:00 PM PDT

  •  Can someone open up (none)
    another open thread? I want to post some material in here, but it's not related to this topic.
  •  Hill articles (none)
    Murphy raking in money but trailing Gerlach by 20-30%.

    http://www.hillnews.com/campaign/072004_murphy.aspx

    Brief writeup on Greenwood dropping out (they seem to think much of it has to do with abortion and with possible dislike of Joe Barton); Dems say they aren't sure if they will stick with Schrader or not. Would the money she raises go to any other candidate?

    http://www.hillnews.com/news/072004/greenwood.aspx

  •  25.01 (4.00)
    This libertarian feels dirty donating to Ginny, but God I hate this current batch of Republicans.
  •  Artists for Ginny ... ! (4.00)
      As a starving artist who today sold a piece of my work to a woman living in Pennsylvainia .. how could I not donate $10.01 in her honor.  To support art, humanity and the ultimate victory of the human heart.
  •  I'm in for $25.01 as well... (none)
    I'm beginning to get the feeling that maybe, just maybe, Christmas is going to come early for Democrats this year.
  •  Majority Report tonight (none)
    Sam Seder went out of his way to mention twice on Majority Report tonight about Ginny Schrader's campaign (he said he got the info from DailyKos, and gave Ms. Schrader's website URL on the air).

    If I heard right, Ginny Schrader will be a guest tomorrow night on the Majority Report.

    Love the synergy between the blogosphere and Air America, and was shocked to see that Ms. Schrader got 14K in a few hours. Just fantastic!

  •  Tell EMily's list to Back Ginny (none)
    Last week, at a local Bucks COunty for Kerry meeting, one of Ginny's campaign workers told me that she was basically left out of Emily's list, because her race with Greenwood was seen, as ActBlue, would describe it, as a David vs Goliath battle. But now that Greenwood's out, Emily's list should not only support her, they should do a special mailing soliciting funds for her. I wrote a piece on this on my site, http://www.opednews.com/kall_072004_greenwood.htm
    Supporting Ginny will strengthen Kerry's and Hoeffel's positions as well.

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