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I know what you're thinking (I can read minds, you know). You're thinking "Progressives actually exist in rural Southeast Kentucky?", and my answer is "Yes, they do!" and one of them is running to represent my district in the US House of Representatives.

Jim Holbert is running on a platform of ending both of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan immediately, ending free trade agreements which have shipped thousands (if not millions) of jobs overseas, and creating an energy policy that benefits America and not OPEC.

Folks, this is a true grassroots campaign. We're not holding fancy $2,400 per-plate dinners. Our fundraisers are cheap $10 per person events with hot dogs and burgers. This is the kind of candidate Jim Holbert is. He isn't sold out to the "bigs" (i.e big oil, big banks, big insurance companies, big coal, etc).

We've got about one hundred volunteers scattered across this district, which encompasses 29 counties. The region is the second poorest in the nation, with many counties nearing or exceeding 50% below the poverty rate. The region is Democratic by the numbers (about 55% Dem, 44% GOP, 1% Indy/3rd Party) and tends to vote this way in local and state races. Federal races are more competitive.

Let me get down to the point. We need your help to raise some money. There aren't any wealthy Progressives around here who can give large sums of money, and the state Democratic party is being less than helpful. We've raised a little over $10,000 and, as you can probably guess, that's not quite enough to wage any impressive media campaign.

I'm not asking for anyone to donate a lot, but if you can spare $10 or $20 (or more), I ask that you please do so. The incumbent (Hal Rogers) has been in office for 30 long years, and has voted consistently against the interests of the district he represents.

Please contribute to Jim Holbert's grassroots campaign for Congress by making a donation of whatever amount. Click here to go to his ActBlue page to donate.

Thank you all in advance for your support. It means a great deal to me. I've been working hard for this campaign for almost two years and we expect to do well on Election Day. Be sure to 'like' Jim Holbert's page on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

Originally posted to DudeInKY on Sat Oct 02, 2010 at 06:25 AM PDT.

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