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Goal Thermometer

I'm going to make this diary short and sweet. There are seven days left in the month and the fundraising quarter. The campaigns are rapidly moving toward the stretch run and ad-buys and GOTV initiatives are just about to hit high gear and their highest costs.

I've compiled an ActBlue fundraising page with nearly three-dozen GREAT Democratic candidates that can use our help funding their campaigns -- from the presidential race to the US Senate and US House of Representatives. And I'm calling on you to help -- with whatever funds you can afford -- to help push these campaigns successfully to the finish line.

I started this page hoping to get to $2,000 but it's now gone over $3,500 raised for some excellent Democratic candidates. So I'm raising my sights -- hoping to reach $5K by the end of September and as much as $10K by Election Day. Can you help me get there, and in the process help some great Democrats (candidate listing below the orange croissant) get elected?

It's "one-stop shopping"; you can pick and choose which candidate(s) you want to contribute to and how much you want to contribute to each. No contribution is too big or too small!

Thanks in advance for your help!

So Who's Who on my ActBlue fundraising page? Here's my list of some great Democratic candidates who can help keep the Senate BLUE and help retake the House as well!

+ Barack Obama

U.S. Senate
+ Elizabeth Warren - MA
+ Tammy Baldwin - WI
+ Chris Murphy - CT
+ Tim Kaine - VA
+ Claire McCaskill - MO
+ Sherrod Brown - OH
+ Mazie Hirono - HI
+ Richard Carmona - AZ
+ Martin Heinrich - NM
+ Bill Nelson - FL
+ Debbie Stabenow - MI
+ Kirsten Gillibrand - NY
+ Maria Cantwell - WA
+ Bob Kerrey - NE
+ Jon Tester - MT
+ Shelley Berkley - NV
+ Joe Donnelly - IN
+ Amy Klobuchar - MN
+ Sheldon Whitehouse - RI
+ Bernie Sanders - VT

U.S. House of Representatives
+ Niki Tsongas - MA-03 (my Representative!)
+ Annie Kuster - NH-02
+ Carol Shea-Porter - NH-01
+ Rob Zerban - WI-01 (running to completely "de-seat" Paul Ryan!)
+ Chris Donovan - CT-05 [per comment from itskeven below, Donovan lost the primary to Elizabeth Esty]
+ Ami Bera - CA-07
+ Jose Hernandez - CA-10
+ Jerry McNerney - CA-09
+ Jerry Tetalman - CA-49 [per comment from pipsorcle & taking on creepy Darryl Issa]
+ Suzan DelBene - WA-01
+ Joe Garcia - FL-26
+ Alan Grayson - FL-09
+ Patrick Murphy - FL-18 (let's help Murphy politically "neuter" Allen West!)
+ Manan Trivedi - PA-06
+ Christie Vilsack - IA-04 [per comment from pipsorcle & taking on equally-creepy Steve King!]
+ Sue Thorn - WV01 [per comment from Andrew F Cockburn]
+ Tim Walz - MN-01

Committee and Organizations
+ Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)
+ Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)
+ Democratic National Committee (DNC)
+ Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC)
+ Democracy For America Strategic Fund (DFA)

[Note 100% of all funds donated via ActBlue go directly to the candidate(s) campaign(s).]

12:01 PM PT: Update - Based on feedback from "itskevin" in the comments, I removed Chris Donovan from the CT-05th race after his loss to Elizabeth Esty. Since there's uncertainty about Donovan running from an "independent" party and possibly splitting the Democratic vote in the 5th district, for the time being, I haven't placed Esty's name on the funding list yet.

3:01 PM PT: Updated with added candidates to the list, per inputs from Andrew F Cockburn and pipsorcle.

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Comment Preferences

  •  In lieu of tips, please donate... (7+ / 0-)

    "A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future." – Leonard Bernstein

    by frisco on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:39:47 AM PDT

    •  tipped and rec'd! (2+ / 0-)
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      frisco, ParkRanger

      bummed i didn't see you at nn this year.  maybe next year?

      Die with your boots on. If you're gonna try, well stick around. Gonna cry? Just move along. The truth of all predictions is always in your hands. - Iron Maiden

      by Cedwyn on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 11:11:06 AM PDT

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      •  Me too. I paid my attendance fee early and... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...then when the time came I just wasn't able to get away from work and home. This being an election year, I was supremely bummed out. I am hoping to get to the next one.

        "A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future." – Leonard Bernstein

        by frisco on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:03:35 PM PDT

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  •  Just FYI, (1+ / 0-)
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    Chris Donovan didn't win his primary.

  •  I donated $2000 today to Sue Thorn (WV-01). (4+ / 0-)

    She isn't on your list, but she is on mine and on DFA's. I was at a training session this afternoon with thirty other volunteers and DFA had three staffers here to help out Sue's campaign.

    I hope that everyone contributes to whichever of these campaigns warms their heart or to one that you have a personal interest in!

  •  Great list! Here are a few suggestions to add: (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, frisco

    Christina Vilsack, challenger to Steve King in Iowa's 5th Congressional District.  Steve King is just as bad as Allen West and has said enough controversial statements.

    Jerry Tetalman, challenger to Darrell Issa in California's 49th Congressional District.  Arguably, he's got an uphill battle but Rep. Issa is the one responsible for the investigation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in the Fast & Furious issue in which the Justice Dept. Inspector General has cleared Holder of any wrongdoing.

    Anyway, I'm assuming you probably want to stick with your list for the time being but I wanted to give you these suggestions just in case.

    •  Added 'em both - thank you! (1+ / 0-)
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      It would be so sweet to knock both Steve King and Issa off their perches!

      "A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future." – Leonard Bernstein

      by frisco on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 02:43:24 PM PDT

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  •  Don't just send money (0+ / 0-)


    You can volunteer at,, or an organization devoted to a specific community or issue. I don't mind which you pick as long as you pick one and do it. Many of these organizations make it easy for you to get together to call, or to call from home. They have Web pages that will give you a name, a phone number, a script, and a form to fill out, mostly by clicking buttons. Whom the person intends to vote for, whether Obama supporters are willing to volunteer, and so on. You can call where you are, or pick a battleground state.

    Joe Donnelly is tied in his Senate race with Tea Party darling Richard Mourdock here in Indiana, running well ahead of the President and our candidate for Governor, John Gregg. Whether or not we can win the rest of the state races, we can do this in the Senate.

    Nate Silver predicts a 52-48 Senate as the most likely outcome, but his Senate model shows that we could do even better if more Democrats come out to vote. Our biggest problem is the several percent of Democrats who have become discouraged and convinced that their votes don't matter.

    You don't have to convert Republicans or even Independents, although that's fine when it happens. It is enough to convince Democrats that their votes count, and can enable progress on even more of the Progressive issues. Or prevent Republican attacks on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, ObamneyCare/the ACA, the EPA, Dodd-Frank banking regulation, women, immigrants, minorities, gays, the young, the old, the poor, the middle class&ellip;

    America—We built that!

    by Mokurai on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 03:05:12 PM PDT

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