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Wednesday, October 15, 2003

 

calling all Riders and Minutemen http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27000-2003Oct14.html

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, October 15, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The Washington Post story linked above reports that the Bush-Cheney campaign has raised $49 million.

The record receipts... were driven in large part by just 285 men and women, who collected $38.5 million or more, which was at least 45 percent of Bush's total take. This fundraising elite, many of whom were beneficiaries of Bush administration policies, included 100 "Rangers," who raised at least $200,000 apiece, and 185 "Pioneers," who collected at least $100,000 each.


Let's put this in perspective by comparing it to Dean Nation fundraising. Dean Nation members have made 447 gifts, at an average of $53 each. That's less than $24,000, or just one-fourth of what a single Bush Pioneer raises. How can we fight such an awesome foe? They have more money, after all. But we have more people.

Dean Nation has almost reached a half-million unique page views.

Just imagine if only 1,000 of us who read this site every day, post in the comments, or share links on the Zonkboard, were to commit to donating just $50 a month. This group - who we should call the "Minutemen" (er, gender agnostic, of course) - would thus raise $50,000 a month - and by November 2004, a total of $600,000 for Dean!

Further imagine if just 2,000 of us who read this site every day, post in the coments, or share links on the Zonkboard, were to commit to donating just $20 a month. This group, who we should call the "Riders" - would thus raise $40,000 a month - and by November 2004, a total of $480,000 for Dean!

If we can recruit from ourselves enough Riders and Minutemen - Dean Nation could break the $1,000,000 mark alone for Dean!

Right now we have raised only $24,000 towards our current goal of $30k. Its a lot of money. But not enough - not enough by far. Look within and ask yourself, can't we do more? Shouldn't we be able to raise that much money in a single month? By working together, we can. And we will.

Because when we speak as one, no force on earth can stop us from taking our country back.


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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.