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Freaked out at the possibility of Darcy Burner winning her seat, a whole host of unsavory characters have suddenly piled on:

  • Third party groups are dumping hundreds of thousands into the district.
  • Reichert's media buyer has given the candidate an illegal $500,000 loan to saturate the airwaves with anti-Burner attack ads.
  • The Seattle Times gleefully ran a bullshit story about Darcy lying about her Harvard degree. The paper has now been forced to backpedal furiously. Now watch the paper ignore Reichert's own lies about his college degree.
  • Washington Monthly alum Amy Sullivan wrote in Time how us dastardly bloggers were sinking Burner's chances.
  • Republicans claim, and the local media parrots, charges that Burner is funded by out-of-state liberal wackos (that's us), when Reichert gets even more of his money from out of state. And his doesn't come from small-dollar donors, but corporate interests and lobbyists.
  • While the NRCC is pulling back from most of its targeted races, this is one of the very few in which they remain fully engaged.

Yet throughout it all, Darcy has taken a small lead in the race.

Look, here's the deal: The local media and the local political establishment see themselves as kingmakers. They get to decide who sinks or swims in their areas of influence. Then along comes Darcy Burner, thinking she can crash the gates and get elected for office in the district, and the local elites are pissed. So they conspire with Reichert, a supposed local hero, to dish all sorts of crap about Darcy and bury Reichert's dirt.

We're winning this race, but they're throwing EVERYTHING plus the kitchen sink at Darcy. If we want to win this thing, we've got to get her back and push back. We've got to leave everything on the road.

Right now Darcy is about $350,000 behind Reichert. I'm not going to pretend that we can raise that kind of money quickly, but can we cover $50,000 of that? Can we help Burner fight against the smears from the state and national GOP?

I've given Darcy $1,000 already. I'll match the next $1,300 pledged to Darcy in the comment threads and max myself out. My wife will kill me, but like I said, we've got to leave everything on the road. Join me, and let's fight the local media elites, the local Republicans, the national Republicans, the vicious third-party groups that have their sights set on taking Darcy down.

Give to Darcy so she can fight back. And if you live anywhere near her district (and I know that's a lot of you), please volunteer.

We're starting this fundraiser with Darcy at $200,000 on our O2B page. Let's get her to $250,000.

Update: We're at almost $10,000 in 30 minutes. Nice!

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 12:02 PM PDT.

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"People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

by MikeTheLiberal on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 12:52:51 PM PDT

  •  $50 from Tacoma (6+ / 0-)

    You're doing us proud Darcy!  

    Rule of Law. Look it up.

    by alliecat on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 12:53:23 PM PDT

  •  I'm not only making a contribution (10+ / 0-)

    I've booked flights to Seattle for me and my gf, and we're going to fly up there to walk for Darcy.

    oops. I hope the gate wasn't too expensive.

    My blog. Come visit.

    by Dante Atkins on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 12:53:26 PM PDT

  •  I just sent $20 (6+ / 0-)

    Go Darcy!

  •  In for $100 (7+ / 0-)

    on Act Blue.  Another damned out of state liberal whack job for Darcy! Aloha.

    "I know Hawaii is a state." -- Cokie Roberts, 2008

    by Haole in Hawaii on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 12:53:52 PM PDT

  •  $25 a piece to Darcy and (7+ / 0-)

    The guy from NJ_05. I am from NJ.
    Kos, before your wife kill you please let your last wish be the reservation of your basement for people who get thrown out by their wife.
    I have been cheating on my wife with these donations for Democratic causes. I stop telling her. One day she is going to find out.
    The whole thing is still under $500. My 10 and 13 years old children can successfully argue against death penalty.
    Well. I hope we all get to laugh and laugh after this election. May our candidate be victorious

  •  $50.00 goes to any O2B candidate... (6+ / 0-)

    ...I see taking unfair crap from the the republi-cons.

    I may be celebrating in the dark (haven't paid the light bill yet...) and cold (or the gas bill...)


    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 12:54:25 PM PDT

  •  Add my $40 every little bit ... n/t (6+ / 0-)
  •  I sent money to Darcy (6+ / 0-)

    and an email to the Seattle Times.  This article is still right at the top of their online edition, even though there are nearly 100 comments, mostly pointing out their error.

    Just as an FYI to folks from out of the state, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (P-I) leans left, the Times leans right, and both are dailies.  I read both online every day; it's an interesting way of watching how the same news is "interpreted" in different ways.

    There's a difference between being a woman candidate and being a woman's candidate.

    by smrichmond on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 12:58:59 PM PDT

  •  In for another $25 (6+ / 0-)

    I wasn't going to give nearly as much this cycle as I have, but every race, from Obama to No on 8 to anti-Bachmann is so worthy. I'm getting tapped out, but I'm reminding myself to leave everything on the road. I'm afraid if there's another worthy plea, I'm going to give again. Let the election come before I'm completely broke!

    "Everybody knows the war is over; everybody knows the good guys lost." -- Leonard Cohen

    by Selenops on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 01:01:06 PM PDT

  •  Enough (5+ / 0-)

    Added $50 to the cause.

    Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter - Martin Luther King

    by Do Something on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 01:02:26 PM PDT

  •  $50 added... (5+ / 0-)

    Along with another $80 to various other races as well.


    drudge /... no link yet  no MSM yet


    Real News Daily - !

    by egyinny on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 01:04:19 PM PDT

  •  Just threw in $20 to Darcy (5+ / 0-)

    ...and another $20 to Franken and another to the So. Dakota effort...

    Time to see what else I can afford for others...

  •  Role-Call: Darcy Canvasser Here! One of many! (3+ / 0-)
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    hazey, My Spin, bijoudesigncom
    and I am sad I wasn't able to do it more over the last month, but another full-time job and school pulled me away. (I probably did 6 canvassing shifts).

    Off to Missoula, MT to make a documentary on the New American Underground (its a culture war!) and to volunteer GOTV for Obama there!

    "...and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring..."

    by another cascadian on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 01:07:34 PM PDT

  •  I'm in. (4+ / 0-)
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    hazey, KimD, bijoudesigncom, bluebluelady

    Plus a little lovin' for Rick Noriega and Al Franken.

    I expect many favors from these people, starting with a new wardrobe.


  •  Just gave $25 from NJ on ActBlue (4+ / 0-)
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    hazey, KimD, bijoudesigncom, bluebluelady

    Donated to her over the summer along with a few other out of state candidates.  I just wish out of state candidates would save the postage and not send me stuff in the mail every day.  Small complaint, I know, but a place to check on their website to take me off their mailing list (continuing emails is fine) would save both trees and campaign funds spent on postage.

    The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. -Alice Walker

    by rangerteeple on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 01:13:46 PM PDT

  •  I gave to her directly instead of (4+ / 0-)
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    hazey, KimD, bijoudesigncom, bluebluelady

    ACT BLUE, so count my 25$!!!

    Politics is like driving...if you want to go backwards, choose R. If you want to move forward, choose D.

    by fireflynw on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 01:24:50 PM PDT

  •  Caneled my Seattle Times Subscription (5+ / 0-)

    40 years ago I delivered this paper... Subscribed for the last 30 years. I cancelled today. although they have always been to conservative for me I've stuck with them. Unable to tolerate giving them my money after this kind of bias. I would like to see this suggested more visibly in a post.

  •  Gave $25 to her directly. (3+ / 0-)
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    hazey, KimD, bluebluelady

    We saw her at the recent Biden rally in Tacoma.

    Joe Biden Rally in Tacoma 10/19/08

    You can see more pictures here:

  •  I was at Burner HQ fundraising last night... (5+ / 0-)
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    leap, hazey, KimD, bijoudesigncom, bluebluelady

    I spent a couple hours doing local small-dollar Washington state solicitation calls for Darcy last night.  This state, and this district, is diverse.  The people I called had job titles including "Executive," "Lawyer," "Engineer (Microsoft)", "Research Scientist", "Nurse", "Teacher", "Retired," and, of course, after eight years of Bush and Republican leadership, "Currently Unemployed."

    By the end of the night, I was awed and humbled.

    You know what was most inspiring?  It's not that Darcy is exactly what she seems -- though she is -- and it's not the exhausted, intelligent, dedicated staff she's got running her campaign.

    What was truly inspiring was that the further down the income bracket the person I was calling, the more likely it was that they would donate.  And it wasn't at all uncommon that people would donate -- and then ask to volunteer!

    I know that the last several weeks have been really hard on people; some of us have lost a lot of money.  I personally have lost over 30% of my net worth, and I'm starting a company, and I'm living off my savings, and there's a real cliff not too far away -- so I told the campaign I'm "tapped out" and can't afford to donate any more.

    But you know what?  That's bullshit.  

    Compared to the retired woman I talked to last night who said she was "lucky" because she has a fixed income -- and donated?  The guy who said he'd promised his wife he wouldn't donate any more (and I could hear her loud "What?  Are you kidding me?" in the background) -- and donated?  The guy who said he was unemployed and wasn't completely sure what he was going to eat next week -- and donated anyway?

    I know what I'm eating next week.  

    These people truly inspired me.

    So I just dropped another $200 to Darcy.  And all I can say is this: if you can buy Starbucks, if you know where your next paycheck is coming from -- you can  afford to donate something to somebody.

    There's two weeks left.  The Republicans are on the run.  It's time to put our foot on their throats.

    Get out your damn credit card.

  •  $50.00 bucks more for my next Rep! (3+ / 0-)
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    hazey, KimD, bluebluelady

    I live in WA-08 and I'm PISSED about the ads, mail and newpaper bullshit stories.  ENOUGH.

    "Hod-d-d-d" - Eddie Izzard

    by bijoudesigncom on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 02:13:02 PM PDT

  •  OK, at the risk of encouraging (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hazey, The Raven

    domestic Kosicide, I am about to donate another $50 to Darcy.

    When civilizations clash, barbarism wins.

    by Allogenes on Thu Oct 23, 2008 at 05:51:30 PM PDT

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