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Its been fun to watch the money roll into ActBlue today since Kos issued the initial $100K challenge.  I was myself a part of that and in putting together my last list of donations I had an idea.......

My last donations will going to candidates in rural districts.  I think this a great idea, particularly for those that aren't able to donate that much.  

I know there are A LOT of people here who have $5, $20, or $50 lying around, desperately wanting to send it to a candidate but they don't.  I know I was one of these people at one point, and I think the reason that I held back from donating is the same reason that many of you do.  

I would look at a candidate that I liked, and then I would realize that I was about to donate $20 to a guy who had hundreds of thousands in the bank.  It just didn't feel like I would make a difference.  This is completely false, I know now that every penny makes a difference in every race.  

But I also know it makes an even bigger dent in some races than in others, those races being the rural ones.  Places like rural North Carolina and Nebraska simply cost a lot less to run a campaign.  I realized that my $20 would buy a couple of radio spots in these races, or if I could muster up $100 it'd be worth an entire TV spot.

So that is where my last donations are going tonight, and that is where I challenge you other small-contribution donors to send yours as well!

I have put my top 5 low money races with the amount contributed thus far via ActBlue.  This is a HIGHLY incomplete list so please post your favorite rural candidates in the comments and I will add them as quickly as possible.  C'mon my fellow poor people, and rich people too, if you'd care to join ;), LETS DO SOME DAMAGE!

Scott Kleeb (NE-03)       $18,867.84
Larry Kissell (NC-08)     $149,842.51
Paul Hodes (NH-02)       $62,165.40
Gary Trauner(WY-AL)       $247,563.70
Larry Grant (ID-01)       $68,175.77

Originally posted to progressiveaz on Fri Oct 27, 2006 at 09:21 PM PDT.

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