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If you had $5 million to direct to the 2010 congressional campaign(s) of your choice, where would you direct it and why?

We should vote on this question, quickly raise $5,000,000 and direct the money accordingly.

Last week, Daily Kos got somewhere between 369,000 and 635,000 daily page views.   With approximately half a million daily visitors, the majority of whom are extremely dedicated to Democratic causes, we could raise $5 million in 24 hours with an average contribution of $10.  Or, 10% of us could pony up $100.  More likely, some combination of those two.

With Politico reporting that outside corporate groups are flooding the GOP with cash this cycle, grass roots action is necessary to ensure our voices are heard.

Two questions:

  1.  Do you think it's possibly for Daily Kos readers to raise $5 million for the 2010 midterm elections in 24 hours?
  1.  If so, how would you vote to direct that money?

Regarding the first question, I believe it's not only possible but very likely that Daily Kos readers could raise these funds in that time frame, if the effort was sufficiently well organized.

Regarding the second, I'm not sure.  Personally, I'd prefer to see the money spent one of two ways:  (1) focused primarily on the 2 closest Senate races to ensure we retain the majority in that chamber, or (2) focused on the 10 closest House races with the cheapest media markets, to stem potential losses in that chamber.

What does everyone think?

Originally posted to anthonyLA on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 09:50 PM PDT.


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  •  Senate (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe I'd split the $5 million between these three:

    1.  Boxer (to help ensure a hold in a close one that should go our way).
    1.  Giannoulias (he's leading by just 0.5% according to RCP, in a strongly Democratic state)
    1.  Either Bennett (CO), Sestak (PA), or Manchin (WV).
    •  Murray or Boxer are essential to the GOP takeover (0+ / 0-)

      So Boxer and Murray should be included. We are very tight on $$ and I have only given a tiny amount to Boxer. But I could do it once more if a drive were held.

      Diabetes Care In California Public Schools. See Bio for settlement details link. July 2009

      by foggycity on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:17:33 PM PDT

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  •  Just donated $150 to Boxer (2+ / 0-)
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    kalmoth, SoCalLiberal

    And sent this email to my friends:

    I donated $150 to Barbara Boxer's campaign today because, believe it or not, the most recent polls show that Carly Fiorina is within 1 percentage point of her for California's Senate seat.  California for god's sake!  Fiorina is against a woman's right to choose and is opposed to marriage equality.  She's an extremist who does not represent California's values and we have to make sure she is not elected to represent us!  Contribute to her campaign if you can:

    •  I haven't given this year (2+ / 0-)
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      anthonyLA, JeffW

      And I'm not planning on doing Voter Protection this year or any other volunteering.  I just don't have the time and I don't have the energy.  But I'll consider making a donation of some kind to help the cause.  I'm not going to be a useless Millenial and not do anything.  I've already voted.  

      •  hey! def donate if you can, Fiorina is ridonk! (1+ / 0-)
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        •  Yeah, she's pretty bad (0+ / 0-)

          So is Whitman yet I am finding many more people receptive to Whitman than Fiorina.  My dad has been very negative about voting for Brown solely on the issue of Rose Bird.  I tried arguing that if Moonbeam is elected as governor again, he won't reappoint Rose Bird to the Court.  But he doesn't seem to believe me.  I finally told him the other night, that if given the choice between Rose Bird or Antonin Scalia, I'll take Rose Bird.  Or if given the choice between Bird or John Roberts, I'll take Bird.  That seemed to maybe do the trick (I'm hoping he'll just leave his ballot blank rather than vote for Whitman).  I know other people who are leaning towards Whitman because of business reasons yet they're all voting for Boxer.  

          Fortunately, the Rose Bird attacks only go so far because most Californians draw blank stares when she's brought up in a debate.  It's like when a Crim Law professor brings her up during lessons on the death penalty and you can hear crickets churping in the room.  Or when a State Con Law professor brings her up to explain certain state constitutional amendments and the whole class looks oddly around "who's that?"  (Except for me of course).  

          I just don't feel like volunteering this year.  I'm overwhelmed with work, I can't fall behind, and Obama's efforts on gay rights have been good (yes, I'm defending him) but not stellar.  Aside from nominating Ed Dumont to the Federal Circuit (and frankly because Obama has moved so slowly on nominations, he's nowhere close to being confirmed), which was fantastic, he's really not done much for me to sacrifice myself for.  

    •  Love this new ad linked at (0+ / 0-)

      thank you email for donating

      Diabetes Care In California Public Schools. See Bio for settlement details link. July 2009

      by foggycity on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:11:07 PM PDT

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  •  It's good to see you posting again! (1+ / 0-)
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    I almost never see you around these parts anymore.  How's your legal career treating you these days?

    Also, to answer your first question, yes I think we can raise the case.

    To your second question, it's difficult but if we were to split the money 2 ways in the Senate, we should give money to Sestak and Bennet.  They're both progressives, both could still win, and both need the cash.  I somehow feel like Barbara Boxer is going to take it to Fiorina even if it is by the narrowest margins (like Alan Cranston just beating Ed Zchau(sp?) in 1986 by 1%).  

    If we split it in the House ten ways, I'd propose donating the money to the following Democrats:  Patrick Murphy, Betsy Markey, Dina Titus, Carol Shea-Porter, John Hall, Jerry McNerney, Tom Pierello, Mary Jo Kilroy, Colleen Hanabusa, and Gabrielle Giffords.  

    •  I know nothing of the House race specifics (1+ / 0-)
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      So I take your word for it.  I agree Boxer should hold CA but I'm nervous enough to donate.

      •  I don't know whether I'm being rightly skeptical (1+ / 0-)
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        or just plain naive when it comes to the House but I'm far more optimistic about the House than I am the Senate.  It seems to me that races are moved into the "Lean Republican" and "Toss Up" column all on the basis of one or two polls (usually done by outfits no one has heard of for the Republican candidate).  Suddenly, there's more Democratic panic and people assume there will be a Republican gain.

        Dems will take it on the chin in the House.  But national polls don't translate into individual seat gains and uniform trends.  If anything, the bad generic numbers are more likely to hurt us in the Senate.  I could imagine a scenario where California is difference in the Senate.  I'd hate it because it would mean we lose a whole slew of seats but I would have faith in Boxer to keep the Senate in Democratic hands.  Having that wacko Christine O'Donnell in Delaware has been the biggest gift of the cycle.  Did we ever think we'd have a Republican candidate running tv ads that begin with "I am not a witch."

      •  Major money going to Fiorina ads (0+ / 0-)

        in the red Sac valley down to San Diego ala Rove and COC.

        Diabetes Care In California Public Schools. See Bio for settlement details link. July 2009

        by foggycity on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 11:14:32 PM PDT

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  •  The economy sucks so bad (4+ / 0-)
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    murrayewv, SoCalLiberal, anthonyLA, JeffW

    that people who thought nothing of donating $10, or $100 a couple of years ago are now counting pennies.

    I think it could be done in a week. I'm not so sure about 24 hrs.

    I must be dreaming...

    by murphy on Sat Oct 16, 2010 at 10:46:03 PM PDT

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