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Unfortunately the power of the online moneybomb can cut both ways, as extremist Christine O'Donnell has apparently raised $1 million this week, a big amount for any state but especially for a state like Delaware that has a population low enough that it only has one representative in the U.S. House.

That's another reason we can't take the Delaware race for granted (along with Sen. Reid's less-than-helpful "my pet" comment about Chris Coons). And it's another reason why we need to donate now to three "Bang for Your Buck" Senate candidates who can help us reform, maybe even end, the filibuster.

If you want to go straight to the ActBlue page for these 3 candidates, please click  here.

Here's more background - there's much more (including an FAQ) at my Wednesday diary about this.

After Tuesday's Delaware primary shocker, I think there are two important questions:

  1. Where will progressive dollars go furthest in Senate races?
  1. Will spending in those races help end or reform the filibuster, the one thing above all else that has blocked the progressive change America voted for in 2008? (No more of that "we need 60 votes" stuff. Thomas Geoghegan had an excellent summary in 2009 of why the filibuster has to go.)

each senator gets one vote whether he or she comes from a state of 626,000 (Alaska), 12.3 million (my state - Pennsylvania) or 33.9 million (the most populated, California). (Figures are from the 2000 census.) I think highly of Barbara Boxer but my money might go 50 times further in Alaska (plus incumbents can usually raise money more easily).

(Also, I don't see California electing a Palin-endorsed, anti-choice failed former corporate executive. :-)

I think the three Senate races where our money can go furthest are:

- Scott McAdams - Alaska, population 626,000, which gives it 1 House member

- Paul Hodes - New Hampshire, which has 2 House members

- Chris Coons - Delaware, which has 1 House member

(UPDATE: New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote Thursday about her visit to Alaska to observe McAdams and included this: "An Alaskan political campaign costs less than a tenth of one in big-media states like Florida and New York. He could probably run a competitive race for a million dollars, which is about the equivalent in California of Barbara Boxer’s postage budget.")

All three of these potential senators would prevent more far-right  Republicans from reaching the Senate, especially extremists like Joe Miller (who thinks Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional! ) and of course Christine O'Donnell. Hodes' opponent Ayotte was the establishment choice, but how moderate can Ayotte be if Palin endorsed her?

Two of these Democrats have expressed support for reforming the filibuster -- Hodes and Coons.

And I'm encouraged by the signs about McAdams on this issue:
While I haven't found a comment from McAdams about the filibuster, I think he would probably listen to fellow Alaska Democratic Senator Mark Begich, who has expressed his frustration with it and his support for reform.

From what I've read, McAdams also seems to be mostly progressive, not a Lieberman or Ben Nelson type. (Plus, why would McAdams want to spend all that time and effort getting elected, plus all that travel time between D.C. and Alaska, just to let Mitch McConnell and the rest of the minority stall practically everything?)

So if these candidates win, they represent at least two votes in January to change the Senate rules, and probably three.

Here's my ActBlue page for these 3 potential filibuster-enders.

There's an FAQ at my Wednesday diary. (It addresses things like: why not Nevada? why not Kentucky? who else on the ballot this fall favors filibuster reform?)

Originally posted to Ben Turner on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 05:27 AM PDT.


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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    by BenPA on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 05:27:48 AM PDT

  •  O'Donnell is Raising Most of Her $ (5+ / 0-)
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    Kimball Cross, bear83, beltane, JL, DRo

    from small, on-line donations from Delaware residents?

    uhhhhhhh, not sure about that.

    I think more likely from DeMint's PAC, and similar sources.

    "The U.S. isn't withdrawing from Iraq at all, it's rebranding the occupation". Seumus Milne

    by Superpole on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 05:36:54 AM PDT

    •  Philip of Wilmington, DE (4+ / 0-)
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      Superpole, bear83, beltane, DRo

      Tea Party Express organizers told supporters that Castle was "caught" in a "controversy" about the donations. "It turns out Mike Castle is not only a hypocrite, but he is bought and paid for by the corrupted special interests who pushed for the government bailouts of private industry sectors," spokesman Levi Russell said in a release.

      But just a few days later, in one of the group's many fundraising appeals for O'Donnell's candidacy, the Tea Party Express revealed they, too, aren't taking in donations from strictly Delaware voters. Explaining they are in the middle of a $250,000 "moneybomb" to match Castle's television spending, Tea Party Express organizers wrote that 571 "patriots" contributed, and highlighted 56 people who have contributed more than $250.

      "Philip of Wilmington, DE" was the lone resident of the First State on the list. He gave $250. The rest mostly hailed from the San Francisco Bay Area, Texas, Ohio and Florida.

      Gannett reported earlier that O'Donnell had received just 8% of her donations from Delaware residents.

      Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

      by Scarce on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 05:52:10 AM PDT

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    •  Corporations, you know " the other people" (1+ / 0-)
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    •  I Have To Admit (3+ / 0-)
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      Stumptown Dave, beltane, angelajean

      I find myself not wanting to give to a campaign not in my state. I have, but it always kind of pains me. I don't want somebody or their money affecting an election where they don't live.

      "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

      by webranding on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 06:14:17 AM PDT

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      •  We get barraged with out-of-state GOP $ (1+ / 0-)
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        Elections in Oregon are relatively cheap and balot measures are relatively easy to qualify which means that we get all kinds of crap thanks to out-of-state money. I hope Dems  from other states continue to help us fight back against this. Especially on initiatives, we are a testing ground for conservative crazy ideas. And if they win, it makes it more likely their toxic proposals get promoted elsewhere.  

      •  I'm with you but this year has changed (0+ / 0-)

        everything for me.  It used to an ethical decision on my part to remain above the political fray of another state. But that has all changed this year - ethics have been thrown to the wind by the Supreme Court and the ethical challenge that needs the most help is in the Senate, not in the voting booth. So some of my money goes out of state this year.

  •  Delaware is the "home" of the entire financial,,, (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, flhiii88

    industry.  That would explain how her money is coming from Delaware "residents."

  •  I would rather see $1 million of crazy GOP money (3+ / 0-)
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    TXdem, webranding, flhiii88

    blown in DE than spent in a tossup race where it might matter.

    There should never be a tax benefit for companies that screw over American workers.

    by bear83 on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 06:18:20 AM PDT

    •  Well To Be Honest She Might Win (0+ / 0-)

      yeah, I know it makes no sense. But alas we keep thinking "the crazy" can't win. But they keep winning. Past performance means something. They beat their own party. Their establishment. I think we'd be dumb to think they can't beat us.

      "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

      by webranding on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 06:22:27 AM PDT

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  •  State wide, Delaware is actually pretty (0+ / 0-)

    expensive to run in, because New Castle County, home of 5/8s of the population is in the Philly media market.

    It is magnificent, but it is not war, it is madness. Pierre Bosquet on the charge of the Light Brigade

    by flhiii88 on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 06:26:10 AM PDT

  •  no she can't win (3+ / 0-)
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    leftynyc, angelajean, flhiii88

    I have a summer house in Delaware, the state is moderate and a tea party candidate won't fly here. Most of the population is in New Castle cty where Coons is executive and popular.
    I would take her seriously and campaign like Coons is losing but Delaware is a democratic state who will never send a hard core conservative to the senate.
    O'Donnell will probably win the two smaller counties which are conservative but short of democrats all staying home she has no path to victory.
    Worry about Wisconsin Ras has Russ 7 points behind!

    •  I think you're right (0+ / 0-)

      Our CFO is from Delaware (actually commutes to NYC daily), a life-long republican.  He thinks she's a lunatic and will sit out that race.  So not even not-insane repubs will vote for her.  Do you think it's worth it to chase Castle voters?

  •  Scott Brown surprised a lot of people, too. (0+ / 0-)

    I really hope the predictions that O'Donnell will lose by double digits turn out to be true. And I think Chris Coons is running a better race than Martha Coakley. :-) But the economy is still bad, and who knows who will turn out for  this non-presidential election.

    So I am wary of taking this Delaware race for granted.

    by BenPA on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 04:07:12 PM PDT

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