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Saturday, March 15, 2003


Dean volunteers website

posted by annatopia at Saturday, March 15, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Hi everyone! I attended the first Dean for Texas meeting in Austin this morning and got a good inside look at how the Dean campaign is building their organisation nationwide. Essentially, the more moneyed candidates will be able to "buy" established networks of fundraisers and the like, while Dean is building one from the ground up. This is why it's very important for the activists among us to get involved in the campaign. We need to start building name recognition while continuing to raise money.
There are some websites being set up right now for the purpose of building the organisation. Many people have written us to ask how they can help, so I thought I'd point you all over to There are links to many states in place already, with contact information for your precinct organisers being added daily. And as a side note, if you're in Texas like me, you can visit to get started volunteering for the campaign. We've got a lot of legwork to do here, so if anyone can donate some time, the campaign would be very grateful.

UPDATE: the Dean Volunteers website has also been linked from the sidebar for a few days now - and there is a new Dean campaign site being setup, a blog called, which will be a notice board for specific calls to action by the campaign to the netroots support. I will try to see if the campaign will be willing to post their call to action notices on this blog as well.

update: Oh gees, I guess this is what I get when I try to post stuff directly after a four hour road trip. I just noticed Aziz has already put a link in the sidebar for the volunteers site. Ug! Sorry for the flub, folks.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.