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Eric Massa is running in one of the poorest districts in the nation.  And he has vowed not to take any Corporate PAC money.  So most of his money has come in $5, $10 and $20 contributions.  Finally, after beating his opponent in fundraising for four straight quarters, Eric has reached the elusive, and monumental, million dollar mark.

I love this quote from the press release:

"I am heartened by the groundswell of support that comes in the form of  $5, $10, and $20 contributions from individuals who feel that they have not been represented in Washington.  This is a grassroots campaign, and the majority of my contributions are from individuals.  I take no money whatsoever from corporate PACs.  

And he continues:

I do, however, intend to press the fight for an intelligent, experienced approach to Iraq, fairness in taxes, fair trade and jobs, and access to quality health care for all Americans.  In less than three weeks, voters will be sending another message to Washington: it's time for change, and it's time for a higher standard of leadership in Congress."

Eric says these same things all the time.  Here is another Massa mantra:

"We now have a government of, by, and for lobbyists, corporations, and millionaires," he says.  "I'm running to change that."  

That last quote goes a long way toward explaining why Eric reaching the million dollar mark is a big victory for people-powered politics.  We are competing with big money on a field that they are accustomed to winning hands down.  To beat them we don't have to match them dollar for dollar but we do have to raise enough to at least get our message out.

And that is what Eric has done.  He has taken a superior people-powered message and managed to challenge Randy Kuhl who, although he hasn't raised as much this time, still had a lot leftover from Corporate PAC money donated for the 2004 race.

We have 19 days to go.  We have won some major battles but we have to keep working until November 7.  Pause with me for a minute to celebrate the fact that a people-powered politician like Eric has reached the million dollar mark.

Then get back to work!

Originally posted to mikepridmore on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 11:38 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I like the line (3+ / 0-)
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    mikepridmore, sometv, Empower Ink

    "fairness in taxes."

    Democrats should repeat that any time the GOP says the Dems will raise taxes.

    We don't want to raise taxes -- we want fairness in taxes. Everyone pays their fair share. Not the rich get all the tax breaks and the rest of the country foots the bill.

    Help Maryland's Ben Cardin Defeat Bush's Homeboy, Michael Steele

    by Naturegal on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 11:43:43 AM PDT

  •  YES! 1 million$ & NO Corporate PACS! (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric knows who he is going to Washington to represent, the people of his district, NOT special interests.  Eric is beholden to no one but them and his conscience.  This milestone reached is extremely significant.  I so look forward to hearing Eric's voice boom down the Halls of Congress!

    But No Slacking. I expect a Republican financial counter attack.  They can't afford to write off Republican incumbents in Republican leaning districts without a fight. Let's keep giving them one!

  •  o/t colors in mountains are spectacular (0+ / 0-)

    mike, i've been keeping an eye out for you because you said several weeks ago you heard our fall colors were fixing to be great

    well, whoever told you that is right --- granted, we still have lots of greens here, but there's some spectacular red and orange breaking out

    at least one of my oaks is fixing to be red, even. first time ever since i bought this place.

    it might be further along a little east and/or of here, but i'd say the time is about right for a fall foilage tour in the mountains.

    and sorry for the hijack! but i wanted to be sure you knew.

  •  It is amazing, and this includes (0+ / 0-)

    beating out Kuhl in fundraising even with the VP Cheney's attempt to aid him.

    All those handwritten notes are not to no avail.


  •  Heading Over to Act Blue (0+ / 0-)

    I'm heading over to Act Blue again- Please put a contribution link up every time.  This San Francisco guy from Upstate NY is looking forward to a big WOWIEZOWIE post to celebrate Eric Massa's victory.

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