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Saturday, July 12, 2003


Dean Nation breaks $10,000

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, July 12, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
We did it! Dean Nation has raised $10,000 for Dean - and the donations are still coming!

We should all rest on our laurels for a bit - we have really accomplished something astounding. We demonstrated thet $7 Million Monday was not just post-Declaration hype or anger aganst Tim Russert. We have really demonstrated that we are committed to regime change in 2004 and we have staken our claim on our candidate.

Every dollar we raise for Dean is a shot fired across the bow of Big Money Politics. It's an edifice that will require a lot more shots to bring down, though. Our job is not done!

Let's bask in our success this weekend. Then on Monday I'll replace our thermometer with the thermometer of a different Dean Team, so leave your team URL in the comments if you want to be considered. We will rotate through Dean Teams until the start of the new month, when we will raise our own Dean Nation goal and begin the $5k a month drive.


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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.