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$17,419,765.

There can be no doubt that the netroots made a huge difference in this campaign season--we've raised millions of dollars for candidates this cycle, and helped change a few race dynamics. Just look above--that's the amount ActBlue has forwarded to candidates since its inception two years ago.

We turned out 34 Republican congresscritters last night--even though some reports claim we were outspent by $100 million during the course of the campaign cycle. Could you imagine the losses we could have inflicted on the with an extra $100 million?

I have an idea for how we can get started on getting that extra $100 million: spare change now for big changes in 2008.

There are approximately 720 days until the "cutoff" date for the election in 2008. That's $138,888.89 per day.

A lot of money, right? Maybe. But not if a million people set aside 14 cents per day. Not 14 bucks, 14 cents. That's about one bottle of soda from a vending machine, a small instead of a large coffee, or a donut or bagel each week.

14 cents is just $4.20 per month. That's one brown bag lunch, one less video, one less pack of cigarettes, one less newsstand magazine--you get the idea. A year's savings--$50. That's one dinner out, a trip to the movies, a few books.

A little change--from a lot of people--could make a tidal wave of difference in 2008. We shouldn't kid ourselves; we've just gotten started. There's still lots of work to be done.

Of course, for some people, that's still a lot of money. But how about time? Do you have one hour per month to volunteer? 20 hours of volunteer work, if you reckoned it at minimum wage, is like $100 in cash. And a lot of campaigns could certainly use the volunteer work just as much.

I'm planning on getting started today with this plan. Any other volunteers?

Originally posted to lone1c on Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 06:04 PM PST.

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