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Wednesday, December 03, 2003


Bloggers raise $30,000 for Boswell re-election campaign

posted by annatopia at Wednesday, December 03, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Behold the power of the bloggers. Yesterday at about 3:45pm, Joe Trippi sent an email to Dean supporters asking them to financially support the reelection campaign of Iowa's lone democratic Congressman Leonard Boswell. This morning, Boswell issued a thank you letter to all of us:
hank you all. This is one of the most exciting projects I have ever seen! I am honored to be a part of this electrifying event--an event that I am sure Karl Rove is paying attention to.
Your campaign is doing some incredible things in my state and all across America, the largest of which is bringing a lot of new folks into the political fold. Folks, like myself, who are very excited about the opportunity to elect a new President, folks who are excited to tell Karl Rove what the real voice of the American people is saying, folks who are ready to do all it takes to get real leadership.
We need to get America back on track for the people whose savings are being whittled down because of this faltering economy, for the people who are tired of worrying about their kids safety, for the people who are looking for their voices to be heard.
It is time for a change in Washington. It is time for leadership that reflects all of America and not just the lobbyists in Washington. This campaign is about fighting for the values and beliefs we hold so dear. This is a fight we must win! We are working to take back our government and put it back in the hands of the people.
I thank everyone for all of your help and I promise to keep fighting for you!
Thank you,
Leonard Boswell

And the best part is that we raised over $30,000 for Congressman Boswell yesterday in less than 10 hours. You are amazing. You can still contribute to Congressman Boswell's campaign by clicking here.
This is step one in a strategy that is designed to help us send the Democratic President the support structure he or she will need once they assume office. Think about it. What good does it do to elect a Democrat if we don't elect a Democratic majority in the House or Senate? Think it's impossible? Think again. We are only need two pickups in the Senate. In the house, it's a harder battle (especially after the redistricting fiasco) but we need to start to turn the tide towards a Democratic majority during this election cycle. Picking up a few seats will go a long way towards putting our country back on track. If you're in Iowa, give some volunteer time to Congressman Boswell, who won reelection with a 55% majority last time around. And if you can, send a few dollars his way.


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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.