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Friday, March 28, 2003


Why Donate Before Monday?

posted by Joe at Friday, March 28, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Even with the war on, the boundless energy of the punditocracy to speculate and handicap the race for the Democratic nomination means that Monday's FEC quarterly reporting deadline is of crucial importance to the Dean campaign. Besides providing Governor Dean the resources he needs to build his organization, donations before midnight on Monday, March 31, will show the "big" media in terms they understand what those of us here in Blogistan already know: Howard Dean is inspiring people.

If you're not convinced, or are convinced but not compelled to actually go through the few-minute-long process of donating, please take a look at Dean's speech to the California Democratic Convention a few weeks back. Our friend Carl with a 'K' -- thus, actually, Karl -- has on his site video streams for both dial-up connections and broadband connections. Those of you who have seen the speech on C-SPAN or at but still haven't donated should take the time to look at Karl's version. His is a different copy, taken from the convention floor, which allows you to "feel" the crowd's reaction to the speech.

It is important to remember that the California speech is for a partisan audience. Many Dean supporters are not liberals or even centrist Democrats but independents and conservatives who like the governor's straight-forward honesty and common-sense agenda. For a more general understanding of what the Dean candidacy is about see the issues section of his official site, read the speech he gave to the New America Foundation/Atlantic Monthly forum in January, or take a look at the story run by the hyper-conservative New York Sun earlier this month.

I gave today, and if you are viewing this site on anything other than free library internet access and/or have a rich spouse, it's likely that you have a better financial situation than I do. You can give anything from two to two thousand dollars right now either by secure online donation or by printing off this donation form.

The Dean Meet-up Challenge calls for a donation of $10.01 and an effort to recruit ten others to contribute the same. (Click here if you have no idea what I mean when I talk about Meet-up.) You needn't scramble to find ten friends before Monday; give now and work on spreading the message over the coming weeks and months of the campaign, which still has a long way to go.

No matter what your reasons for supporting him or how much you give, Howard Dean needs your help. Monday is, for better or worse, a big day as far as the "money primary" goes. Expectations are very low for Dean and a surprisingly strong fundraising total can help his campaign achieve escape velocity from the "underfinanced" and "long-shot" qualifications that virtually every media story about him contains.

But in the end, your donation helps Howard Dean bring his message to America. If you've come this far to learn about him, you surely agree that his message is something people need to hear. Donate today.


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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.