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Friday, January 16, 2004


Five Dollar Friday

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, January 16, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
WE DID IT! Dean Nation has raised $35,000 dollars for Dean. Bask in the glow of the filled bat to your left.

But this is the start of the Battle for Iowa, and we have a long way to go. I know many of you have responded to my call for Dean Minutemen ($50/month) and Dean Riders ($20/month), but it's still not enough. We had to abandon our dream of raising $5,000 a month every month because we simply don't have enough participation, so I would like to propose something new: Five Dollar Friday!

If you're new to Dean Nation, or to the Dean campaign, and you're just starting to learn about Dean and are joining the grassroots - please make a small donation of $5 to the campaign. It's a miniscule amount, but there is strength in numbers - we have over 2,000 unique visitors a day to this blog, over 75% of which arrive via Google or Yahoo queries.

Please join us! Even if only half of you new visitors to Dean make this small commitment, it can translate to serious numbers for Dean. Please consider feeding our bat! And if you're not ready, that's ok, look around and join us in the discussions and the debates. And Welcome to Dean Nation!


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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.