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Monday, March 17, 2003

posted by Zephyr Teachout at Monday, March 17, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Howard needs your help this month--we've got an FEC deadline coming up, and we need the net to come on board and show the depth of support he's got there. He loves the net, and we've got a great opportunity to show how much it loves him. There's a new official Call to Action blog up--we'll be updating regularly. In the meantime, PLEASE send this letter (or your own), to everyone you know. Thanks so much! There is a longer version on the call to action blog. -- Z

I’m writing all my friends on my email list because there is something that is very important to me personally and should be important to the country. Howard Dean is the only candidate running for President who says what he thinks, and acts on what he says. I think he’s dead on. I want you to get involved and contribute to his campaign. He doesn’t have the deep pockets of most of the other candidates, but I believe he will make the best president—and I don’t want money to decide who leads this country. You can check him out at

Even if this is the first time you have heard of him, or if you are unsure about your support, your donation at this time will allow his voice to be heard. Please help me and others take the big money out of politics. Please contribute whatever you can at WWW.DEANFORAMERICA.COM--$10 to $1000 (add a penny for the internet)--and pass it on to your friends who might be interested.

Contribute at:

I feel so strongly about this that I’ve decided to take the time to ask for money for the campaign, and I hope you will also take the time to make a contribution. I’m convinced that if we do this, Howard will never let us down. Thanks for considering this.

PS: If you want to get more involved, visit Howard Dean's Call To Action blog at, or join your local meetup at


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About Nation-Building

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.