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Thursday, September 18, 2003


Thank you, Dean Nation

posted by annatopia at Thursday, September 18, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
I just clicked over to the DN Team donation page to make my monthly contribution, and I noticed that we've met our goal of $5000 for September. As it stands, we (and that means all of us bloggers and the fantastic people in the DN community) have raised $20,052.93 for Dean for America. On behalf of the DN bloggers, I would like to thank everyone who continues to make their contributions through the DN Team link, and I'd also like to thank you all for your generosity.
I'm going to plead with Aziz to increase the goal and try to raise another couple of thousand before the end of the quarter. I hope that when DFA brings out the bat later this month (as I'm sure they will), that you'll continue to donate via the DN Team link so all of us can continue to demonstrate the power of this community.
I realise some of us are might be getting a bit weary with the never-ending plea for funds, but I've gotta say that now - more than ever - our contributions will show the pundits, the press, and the Beltway insiders that we intend to place Howard Dean at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Now that Gen Clark has entered the race, the establishment has crowned it's new golden boy and they (not neccessarily Clark or his grassroots supporters, but rather the Washington insiders running his campaign) are going to try their best to "stop Dean". We can't let that happen. We've gotta remain focused on our goal and we've gotta buckle down and keep fighting. Our dollars have more impact now than they have thus far, so start thinking about the end of the quarter, because it's only twelve days away. Start scrounging for change in your couches, skip that Starbucks coffee, and clip those coupons this week so we can dig down and give what we can. I'm going to start today by donating $25.01, and then I'll be checking my budget this weekend in order to determine how much more I can give before the September 30 deadline. Join me today if you can, and join me next week because we must.
Thank you again, Dean Nation. You are the most generous community I've had the pleasure of interacting with. Help us make this a September to Remember.

UPDATE (Aziz) : Done! We now have a new goal of $25,000 - and we are 80% of the way there solely because of the vision, teamwork, and corps d'esprit of Dean Nation. Let's continue to lead the charge and show Dean our support!

Can we reach $100,000 by Election Day 2004? I think we can. I know we can!


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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.