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Monday, December 01, 2003



posted by Aziz P. at Monday, December 01, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
That's how much Dean Nation has raised for Dean. It's a massive figure - and it is entirely due to you.

But we all know it isn't enough. We have not been able to meet our goal of raising $5000 a month the past two months (we'd be at $40k by now if we had). Remember that most of us cast votes in the online ballot to tell Dean to forgoe federal matching funds- meaning he walked away from $19 million dollars. It's up to US to make the difference!

We have to do our part. We are the #1 Dean Team but we have barely scratched the surface - given that we have over 1500 page views on Dean Nation daily. Just imagine if every single one of us was willing to donate just $.67 per day. just sixty-seven cents. That would translate to $30,000 in one month.

Sixty-seven cents is such a tiny fraction of what we all spend daily. That is a simple commitment of just $20/month, and earns you the right to call yourself a Dean Rider. Or step up and be a Dean Minuteman, for commitment of $50/month (just $1.67/day).

Remember, Howard Dean's campaign is making history because it is People-Powered. Dean is the engine, but we are the fuel. And we told our candidate that we would be there for him, by voting against matching funds. It's time to step up to the plate. And make the commitment to Boot Bush - because Dean cannot do this alone.


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About Nation-Building

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.