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It’s been eight weeks since Election Day. The data is in and there is no denying that 2010 was a year like no other in recent history. There were dozens of well-prepared, well-qualified candidates running throughout the United States. There were very serious conversations happening about an education overhaul, bringing work back to America, our global position, skyrocketing debt, Constitutional boundaries, and war.

In so many ways, it was a wonderful time to be a candidate. I will cherish my conversations with you. I will forever be grateful for the ways the in which my beliefs were challenged. I will always be proud of how, together, we took a stand against educational malpractice, veteran neglect and misuse of taxpayer dollars. I hope you have been pleased with your investment in this campaign.

As an investor, I know you need numbers too. So we have crunched the numbers in the ways that best compares “apples to apples” and, as an investor in the campaign, we wanted you to know how we really did on November 2nd.

To that end, we compared our numbers to other campaigns across the nation. First, we measured our performance to other military veterans (11 races) and other women (13 races) running as challengers on the Democratic ticket. Then we compared ourselves to other Democratic challengers in Florida (9 races).

We decided that votes earned and cost per vote were the two most valuable measures of how we did with your time, talent and treasure. Here’s how we did in vote getting.

Beaven for Congress earned 82,999 votes. The average veteran challenger earned 85,704 votes while the average female challenger earned 93,110 votes and the average Floridian challenger earned just 65,008.

We out-performed other Floridians by a significant margin. We stayed on pace with other Veterans while we slightly under-performed other female candidates. The other category we thought was meaningful is cost per vote. As the steward of your money, it was incumbent on me to make sure our resources were used in the most effective manner. As you know from our Transparency in Campaigning e-blasts, our campaign budget was used for voter outreach (phone banking, signs, television, internet) and staffing (operations, fundraising and FEC compliance and field work). Here is how much we spent per vote.

Beaven for Congress spent $2.87 for each vote cast for us. The average veteran candidate spent $9.92 per vote and the average female candidate spent $15.90 per vote. The average Floridian candidate spent $3.75 per vote.

You kept that per vote amount so low. You helped early and often through your investment and your time. Every time you forwarded our e-blast, you saved us money. Every time you made sure that bumper sticker actually got on your bumper, you saved us money. Every time you took my phone call, you saved us money. But just as importantly, every time you showed up to an event, sent me an email or took my call – you made my day!

Even though it was a year full of strife, you have made the Country better by engaging in the conversation. I thank you deeply for sharing your life with me over the last eighteen months.

- Heather

P.S. As this is the final e-blast from Beaven for Congress 2010, indulge me for one last moment of “campaigning.” Turn-out was too low. Many will say that Democrats didn’t do a good job “getting out the vote.” In a time of two wars, a great recession, talk of succession, the educational death spiral our children are facing and the desperate unemployment of so many of our neighbors…voting is an American’s highest form of patriotism…why should anyone have to be convinced to vote?

In the end, America will be better when “get out the vote” turns into “you can’t stop me from voting.”

Originally posted to Heather Beaven on Wed Jan 26, 2011 at 05:47 AM PST.

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  •  Not to be sardonic or belittling (3+ / 0-)

    but your campaign is touting how little it spent for good results gained?

    why is that a metric in Florida? Are people that cheap and tight fisted that a low budget campaign is a goal rather than one that gets its message out with judicious use of the means and is competitive?

    Notice you didn't mention the infamous death of democracy Citizens United Supreme court decision and the ability to pour unlimited amounts of undisclosed sponsor money into any Federal campaign.

    If you can't tell ordinary citizens they are basically wasting their hard earned money into supporting ANY candidate that doesn't push for campaign  financing and ACCESS AS A PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY/ENTITLEMENT THAT TRUMPS PURE COMMERCIALISM  you don't deserve Democratic support. that's D be it a small d  inclusive pof everyone or a large D, all democrats locally and nationally.

    We were $$$ outgunned by a 7:1 margin nationally, we had Murdoch and the BSB, FOx gang sliming and undermining our democracy every day- they fired FOX staff in Florida whp revealed corruption and the hack judge declared that organization, FOX news was "entertainment and could lie or slant with impunity.

    Hope you have some more detail on what it is exactly you want to accomplish besides cost cutting and efficiency. You are running for Congress, not to be a turnaround executive looking to slash salaries and services.  If you don't agree, just put it out here and get a conversation going to support your views and aims.

    There was national canned simplistic absurd defamations and lies about how the health care bill  was passed and gutted just to get by the corporations lobbyists. There is little happening on the foreclosure front, or the fact that 2% of jobs lost since 2007 have been regained-15 million.

    Every Democrat was running against welll funded stealth campaigns that lied and discouraged voter turnout, as little as 40% of eligibles actually participated. 3 of 5 stayed home . Why?  that started a year before the election, a constant din of sarcasm, cynicism and attempts to undermine the recovery ansd Democrats specifically.

    If you can answer that correctly, you might, I say might, win in the next cycle in 2012.

    If you missed it, you need a brush up on recent history.

    cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

    by Pete Rock on Wed Jan 26, 2011 at 06:19:52 AM PST

    •  John Mica got rewarded for ducking (1+ / 0-)

      and letting the general purpose hit pieces do their work.  That has to be changed, not just in Fl-7 but every district.

      cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

      by Pete Rock on Wed Jan 26, 2011 at 06:26:11 AM PST

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      •  BTW, I first heard of Mica (0+ / 0-)

        when he was implicated in a betrayal/ hypocritical episode over Florida workers being outsourced in the IT area and the parent (foreign)company supporting his campaign. The donation's cancelled check scanned in, it's on the Net going back to '03-04 .

        cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

        by Pete Rock on Wed Jan 26, 2011 at 08:08:31 AM PST

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    •  sure I am... (1+ / 0-)
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      bragging about how much we achieved on $240,000 to his two million. I will brag any day of the week about being careful with other people's money. Isn't that a vital skill set for someone applying to be the steward of tax payer dollars?

      Your points about the Supreme Court ruling ... and the subsequent scandals dribbling out ... are worthy of debate, passion and "kicking the bums out." However, it was reality for us so there was no use in preaching to the choir in this blast.

      Thanks for making my point about surviving - and even doing well - in the face of a tidal wave!

  •  I would be interested in (1+ / 0-)
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    how your campaign performed against what was a realistic objective at the start of the race.

    I know this is subjective, but election performance is ALWAYS subjective, because each is unique.

    So .... honestly .... How did you do?

    What did you do well?
    What Worked and what underperformed?
    What might you do differently?
    What was the budget and what is really needed?

    I am pleased that you managed what must have seemed, a tiny amount of money, very well :)

    Losing sucks, but it is a battle, not the war and I very much appreciate you dropping in and talking with us.

    Tipped and Rec'd.

    We do not forgive our candidates their humanity, therefore we compel them to appear inhuman

    by twigg on Wed Jan 26, 2011 at 06:40:45 AM PST

    •  the 6 million dollar question (1+ / 0-)
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      I can't tell you all the lessons learned ... you understand but I can tell you and hope you will share with all newby candidates -

      1. I didn't understand the difference between people who give to campaigns because they are believers and the people who give to campaigns because it is a business transaction.
      1. I didn't raise enough early enough.
      1. I kept a key staffer on too long, draining our momentum and money.

      I think we did lots well but the best, most cost effective thing ... social media and good campaign management!

      •  Thank you. (0+ / 0-)

        Point number 3 cannot have been easy to either realise or admit!

        We had a Senate Race in '08, where Andrew Rice was challenging Jim Inhofe.

        I was happy that Rice got to within 20 points. That was a victory for Dems around here.

        Ya only lose when you quit fighting :)

        We do not forgive our candidates their humanity, therefore we compel them to appear inhuman

        by twigg on Wed Jan 26, 2011 at 08:00:10 AM PST

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  •  I'd like to welcome you here (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, twigg

    We're always pleased to see that pols take an interest in us here at DailyKos, and especially so if it's perceived that you're "one of us".

    All the best, and pls visit us often!

    In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. - Shunryu Suzuki

    by thenekkidtruth on Wed Jan 26, 2011 at 07:18:19 AM PST

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