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Saturday, May 10, 2003


Put Your Money Where My Mouth Is

posted by Matt Singer at Saturday, May 10, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Well, I finally managed to muster enough fundage to contribute to Dean for America, whatever that means. And, actually, it means something pretty significant. I pulled together $30, and I'm guessing some you haven't donated yet and could probably put together at least 10.

Now, you're probably thinking. Sure, I could spare ten bucks, but I need that ten bucks more than the campaign does, don't I?

Well, here's some math:

The ten bucks the campaign receives now will be automatically matched by the federal government, turning the ten bucks into twenty.

Out of the $703,650 spent by the Dean campaign so far, almost $11,000 has come back to them. How? Because Dean staff are so pro-Dean that they're taking their salaries, paying taxes, and then donating back to the campaign. That means that your donation will probably become, in effect, at least $20.03. We're already seeing growth.

The other big part is (and this is where you have to think in a macro- sense, which can be hard) that the more donations the Dean campaign gets, the more press it generates. If Dean raises enough money to stay competitive, press keeps up, and more donors are likely to donate in the future. In addition, the mere number of donors will get Dean press. He's got 14,000 people willing to donate to his campaign and many of this are not big donors, but regular people, unlike Edwards's trial lawyers. That'll be used to generate press, which, in turn, will generate more money.

After all, we all know what the EMILY in Emily's List stands for, right?

Early Money Is Like Yeast (it causes dough to rise).


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