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Facebook friend, campaign trail acquaintance and fellow Kossack, Blizek, drew my attention today to a surge in contributions on ActBlue presently enjoyed by Democrat, Ilya Sheyman, my personal favorite political candidate in any race for 2012, aside from President Obama. Mr. Sheyman, a community organizer and former staffer for Senator Obama, is running for Congress as a fighting, progressive Democrat in a 3-way primary against two business executives.  The general election will be against 1st term Republican, Robert Dold, a damned reliable Republican vote in the House, except for a little wobble on the environment. Boehner allows him that for the benefit of his Lake Michigan bordered district because it doesn't matter anyway once mountain state Democrats chime in to kill environmental progress. This increasingly blue district has been in Republican hands for a generation.

In a free speechy, First Amendmenty kind of thing like a blog, one would think that an author could very much sound off and expound or explain, or inquire or comment or plead or argue or suppose or whatever so long as actual incitement to violence and destruction and copyright infringement stayed off limits. Alas, it may not be so, if the speaker possesses an appointment to federal employment. Hence, speech may be restrained by provisions of the federal Hatch Act. So, in this space, no one will find any solicitation to contribute to any candidate by either name or persuasion.

Giving to candidates can be either good or bad, right? Everyone gets to decide for themselves what that means. I don't encourage anyone to suppose or speculate that I behave as I do when I make political contributions simply because I believe it is he right thing to do,. Everybody should think whatever they want.

Yet, even without espousing or fomenting donations to particular partisan candidates, one should be free to talk about historical facts. Thus, the following observations about the author's contribution history on ActBLue.  

No intention to cause anyone to contribute anything to anybody for any purpose should be supposed or implied by the contribution disclosures published here.

So, I clicked through to my ActBlue contribution history for the 1st time ever, today.

One sorta cool thing that I didn't see coming was that my biggest single cause to date on ActBlue was the money I sent to the Wisconsin State Senate Committee Democrats during the early rounds against Scott Walker's assault on public employees during the quorum fight, to help support Senators' sojourns in Chicagoland where I dwell. The next highest amount given via the site was to the aforementioned, Ilya Sheyman. Close behind that were my past contributions to the previous Democratic contender, Dan Seals, who lost to Dold in a vacant seat race in a bluish district. The total amount given through the site was larger than I expected and the number of individual candidates and causes supported, in the dozens, more numerous than I expected, even though the record spanned several years of contributions. Most of my contributions go directly to candidates and causes and I use ActBlue only sporadically.

I'm unsure why anyone blogging here would not have something like an ActBlue account, allowing easy, click-through contributing. Political organizing requires those who can to contribute material support, including money; it's an inescapable political reality. I don't know anything about sites for our political opponents, political puppets of the 1%, you know, Republicans and Libertarians (and some Democrats), but I invite anyone, including trolls, to submit comments with links to whatever comparable ActRed site, or ActGreen or ActPaulish or whatever there may be.

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  •  Update. (5+ / 0-)
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    Lorikeet, fcvaguy, Lujane, lyta, kurt

    Ilya Sheyman just received a non-scheduled, extra contribution via ActBlue, taking the lead of all causes supported via that site by this commenter.  

    Bumpersticker: GOP. Cheering Death. Booing Soldiers. Join Us.

    by LeftOfYou on Mon Dec 12, 2011 at 06:48:34 PM PST

  •  This diary made me smile. (3+ / 0-)
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    buckybadger1988, LeftOfYou, lyta

    I already have an ActBlue account, and use it regularly.  However, I'm afraid to look at my totals; I'd rather not know.  I just give as much as I can to those who I think will make the biggest difference.

    And since I haven't been covered by the Hatch Act since I worked at NASA nearly 30 years ago, I can post the link to Ilya SHeyman's ActBlue page.

    •  Ditto (1+ / 0-)
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      Lujane

      What little I have had to donate goes to either emily's list or ActBlue.  Very little but hoping others donating will help.  I am disabled in many ways the worst of which is the inability to talk on phones or walk.  I do what I can sharing Kos articles as I also live in the worst of the Red States, Alabama.  Will share this diary to keep people informed of this way of donation to good candidates.

      We won't always succeed, but we never succeed if we never try.

      by lyta on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 01:01:29 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for all you do for progressive causes and (1+ / 0-)
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    LeftOfYou

    I will think about you everytime I drive through Chicagoland.

  •  Why am I not on ActBlue? (1+ / 0-)
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    LeftOfYou

    Because I only have $0.16 to my name.  

    The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas

    by PSzymeczek on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 09:54:54 AM PST

    •  Ilya Sheyman Will Work to Inprove That (1+ / 0-)
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      lyta
      $0.16 to my name

      Best wishes and good luck to you.  If you just have time on your hands, and I know lots of folks don't, find a candidate you love and volunteer. If you can't do that, share good thoughts and chat up your friends who do have money or time to help good candidates.  

      If elections mean anything it is that bad conditions require good candidates. Millions of Americans will suffer less in the future if we elect a much better Congress than we have now. That requires motivated voters doing what they can.  

      Just flipping the House back to Democratic control would be huge, but doing it with a larger, better organized and more aggressive Congressional Progressive Caucus and fewer, less influential Democratic business apologists would be way better.  

      Bumpersticker: GOP. Cheering Death. Booing Soldiers. Join Us.

      by LeftOfYou on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 12:11:39 PM PST

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