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Five minutes ago, I did something I never thought I would ever do.

Five minutes ago, I did something I'd thought of doing all year, but didn't know if I'd make it.

Five minutes ago, I hope I just changed the world.

Ten minutes ago, I got an email from Jon Carson and it said this.

Dear Steven,

I can tell you right now who's going to win this election -- the campaign that steps up its ground game in the final days.

The race is deadlocked in a number of crucial battleground states, including Ohio, Missouri, and Indiana. And we're neck-and-neck in Florida, North Carolina, and Nevada.

We have to make our final, tough decisions about where to fight and how strong we can make our team. And those choices will depend on the financial resources we have tomorrow at midnight.

From the start, the success of this campaign has been due to the generosity of supporters like you -- thank you for all you've done. According to our records, you are at most $461.45 away from your maximum contribution limit.

With just 13 days remaining, please don't wait to go All-In for Barack. Will you make a donation of $461.45 before the deadline?

The margins of victory in this election will be slim, and it's going to be decided in the field.

We're up against the Republicans' proven get out the vote push -- which delivered victories for George Bush in 2000 and 2004.

We can't fall short. There's too much at stake in this election.

This campaign has contacted 11 million voters since the convention. But to hit our targets, we need to contact three times that number of voters between now and Election Day.

The more resources we have on hand, the more voters we can reach.

From the start, our field program has been in your hands. It depends on your time, your energy -- and your generosity.

You decide how big we can go. The deadline is midnight Thursday, October 23rd. Please go All-In for Barack with a donation of $461.45 or more right now:

With your support, we could potentially surprise in West Virginia and strengthen in places like Ohio.

We need to do everything we can to extend our reach -- we can't afford to look back on November 5th and say we could have done more.

Thanks for your commitment to building the best field program in the history of presidential politics,


Jon Carson
National Field Director
Obama for America

I read alot of stuff online about how much money they raised in September (I gave $750 right after Palin threw up all over TV on convention night), and thought maybe they already have enough.

I read alot of stuff from the Washington Post about how most of Obama's donors are not "small money" but rather +$200 donors, and wondered which one would the Wa Post count me as....

Before Obama, the most money I'd ever given at any one time to any political campaign was $250 to the DCCC in 2006.

Before Obama, I'd only ever given $50 to Howard Dean.

Now today, I did it.  I Went All In.  

I guess now, when my children and grandchildren ask me what was it like when Barack Obama was running for President; what was it like before the world changed and the country healed; what was it like before we finally got Change we'd been needing for 40 years, I can tell them it was a time when the citizens stepped up and took control of politics the way democracy should work.

You might get an email later today asking you to go all in.  I hope when you do, you seriously consider joining me as a Max Donor...

I'm now fully invested in Change, in the Future, and in a better tomorrow.  And it feels good :)  

And that's all I ever wanted for Christmas (No presents to myself this year other than rewatching Election night TeeVee)!

Originally posted to Steven R on Wed Oct 22, 2008 at 11:49 AM PDT.

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