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Wednesday, July 09, 2003


Dean Nation raises $5k in one week

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, July 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Dean Nation, reflect on what you have achieved.

On June 29th, we had raised $1800. By July 4th, we had raised $3,300. As of last night, JUly 8th, we had broken the half-way mark and stood at $6300. And as of this morning, we have raised a combined total of $7100. That's over $5,000 in one week raised to support the Dean campaign!

And we still have a way to go - even though our webathon is over, we still have plenty of determination to show the campaign that Dean Nation is their MVP. I propose that we set a collective goal of raising $5,000 each month for the campaign. We have 15 months to go before taking on George Bush, so that means we'd raise a staggering $80,000 for Dean.

Can we do it? We've had 172 donors to the Dean Nation webathon so far. That means our average donation is just $42 (Douglas Adams fans, take note). Keep in mind that we have 2-3000 visitors a day to Dean Nation - if 300 people donated just $20 a month, we'd easily meet our goal!

Remember - beating George Bush wont happen with a single webathon. It takes unflagging determination, commitment, and sacrifice (in my case, giving up eating at Chipotle for lunch on weekdays). But that's what makes this campaign so different - it is the will of the people, not the elite. We have an investment to make in our future and the future of our country. Let's show the campaign that Dean Nation is at the forefront of the charge to take our country back!

I am reminded of the lyrics to "Do you hear the People sing?" from Les Misérables. Enjolras asks, "Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men?". Combeferre joins in, urging "Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me?" If "We are the Champions" by Queen is our victory song, let this be our battle anthem.

Will you join in our crusade? Pledge your participation in the Dean Nation $5K Crusade below (participatiopn, not specific dollar amounts)!


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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.