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Wednesday, March 05, 2003


Meetups report: open thread

posted by annatopia at Wednesday, March 05, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Open thread, everyone! Did anyone attend Dean 2004 meetups tonight? If so, what did you discuss? Perhaps if we post our experiences, we can come up with effective ways to help make Dr. Dean the democratic nominee in 2004. As an aside, here's a rundown of the latest numbers:
Registered Dean supporters: 4297
Registered Kerry supporters: 381
Registered Edwards supporters: 549
Top five Dean locations:
5. Seattle WA 130
4. LA - Santa Monica CA 145
3. Boston 156
2. Washington DC 356
1. New York City 499

UPDATE: David of the NYC group has promised a full report, so stay tuned! In the meantime, the Burlington meetup was reported on it the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. It profiles the Meetup phenom in general. Interestingly, it mentions that there is a cost to the Dean campaign for using Meetups services:

To date, Dean has 1,400 people who have signed up, Weissleder said. And as a result of the service, the campaign has access to the database of names and contact information of the people who signed up for the service. The company also sends out mass get-out-the-vote e-mails to those who have signed up.

Dean is the first presidential candidate to use the Internet service as a tool for organizing political support at a grassroots level. Weissleder declined to disclose the cost of the service.

Dean may not be the last. Weissleder said other candidates have already contacted the company to discuss arrangements.

“No other candidate has fully endorsed or embraced Meetup. We’re in discussion with other campaigns, but the governor has been the most pro-active,” Weissleder said.


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