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Thursday, December 04, 2003


The Club For Truth -- Swing, Batter, Batter

posted by Dana at Thursday, December 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The Bat is back.

This time the target is the Republican front group called The Club for Growth.

Like all Republican fronts, the name is one only an Orwellian could love. It's a club the rich use to force their ideology on the rest of us.

What they have done is launch attack ads against Howard Dean, by name, in early primary states. (Still think the GOP wants to run against us?)

But we're not going to take it. The Dean Campaign has launched The Club for Truth and plans to run ads against the lies, right now.

Lies will no longer be able to get half-way around the block before the truth gets its pants on. Contribute now, and let them know this. Let them know their day is past, their lies are unmasked, and that they're going down.

They want to club us? Club 'em back.

UPDATE: Howard Kurtz is already up with a story about the new ad. The buy has a budget of $100,000. By 11 PM, just a few hours after the new bat went up, we had raised over $70,000.

That's a nice piece of hitting.

UPDATE (Aziz): Here's an important excerpt from Trippi's post on the o-blog about these new attacks:

The Iowa Caucuses are only 45 days away, and the attacks from George Bush and the special interests are coming fast and furious. To see why it is so important for us to respond to these distortions now, watch the attack ad here: (RealVideo)
(Windows Media)

The only way to beat back their lies is for everyone to participate. We are now facing the opening salvos of George Bush’s $200 million air war on the American people. If you haven’t been able to contribute before, now is the time. Even a small amount, when combined with the contributions of thousands of others, can send a loud message to George W. Bush that our campaign is going to stand for the truth—and defeat him in the general election this November.

(emphasis mine). I can't stress this enough - these attacks are WHY we instructed Dean to forgo $19 million dollars in federal funds. But in order to respond, we have to make up that difference - and then some. Donate now - if we win each battle, we can win the war.


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