Use It Or Lose It: New Pitch

Call ultra-safe Democratic incumbents.

First, a quick update. With a large donation today, Representative Grace Napolitano has now given between $76-80K since September 30th, with the possibility of giving more. Also, Representative Hilda Solis has given more than $100K since the start of the month, also putting her over 30%. Well done, Representatives Napolitano and Solis! I have taken their phone number off the list as a result. Expect more updates like this throughout the day.

Around the country, Democrats are hearing your calls. I talked to a few offices yesterday, and every single one of them had received dozens of phone calls asking them to give to the DCCC and / or to Democratic House challengers. The people I talked with also tended to be very receptive: the really liked the campaign. Perhaps best of all, several Democrats have recently made large donations to the DCCC and / or Democratic challengers. You are having a real impact.

However, there is a rub: most ultra-safe Democrats do not want to say that they have only given because they were pressured to give. Understandably, they want their contributions to appear like their idea. Further, some do not want to say they gave because the netroots asked them to give. They are giving, but you are not necessarily going to get credit for it.

Given all this, I suggest changing the way that you call Democrats today. Instead of your usual pitch, try for the following:
  • Ask ultra-safe Democrats not only to give to the DCCC and Democratic House challengers, but also to release a statement on their giving. This statement can appear on their website, in a press release, or simply over email.
If the conversation goes further, you can also mention the following:
  • 1. In this statement, ask ultra-safe Democrats to detail how much they have given this cycle, how much they have given since September 30th, and to encourage other Democrats to continue giving.
  • 2. Also in the statement, ask them to endorse the Use It Or Lose It campaign, without any requirement saying that they gave as a result of the program.
  • 3. Tell them there will be media benefits, both online and offline, for doing this.
We don't need credit. What we need are the resources that will allow us to full-fund our enormous amount of competitive House challengers to Republican-held seats. We may not see this many again for a long, long time. We need the funds there, and now. Make the calls.

Tags: Activism, Democrats, Fundraising, House 2006, Use It (all tags)



Kos diary targets MD-06 Andrew Duck

Asks Hoyer, Wynn, Ruppersburger and Cummings to give to Duck /91442/425

by aiko 2006-10-25 08:14AM | 0 recs
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I'm not sure if asking for a specific statement explicitly endorsing the Use It Or Lose It campaign is a good idea. First of all, it's unnecessary; I think everyone who needs to know will know what's going on. This isn't something that needs to get in the mainstream media blood-stream, necessarily.

Plus, by asking for a specific endorsement, you're involving other areas of each office: the communications team, the political office, etc, etc. This will spark debates and discussions in each office about whether mentioning the UIOLI campaign is a good idea, whether it's worth the cost, etc, etc. If nothing else, this will delay action, and we have absolutely no time for delay. This money needs to be pledged right now to have an effect. You are unnecessarily complicating matters by putting this additional layer on what each office should do ...

by BriVT 2006-10-25 08:40AM | 0 recs
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Another name that needs to be on the list is Tom Udall, from here in NM.  He's a good guy, and is running against a no-name opponent.  Udall has a pretty large warchest, considering 95% of New Mexicans couldn't name his opponent if he danced in front of them with a "Hi My Name is..." sign on his chest.

It's seriously that bad.  But Udall should be added to the list.

by fbihop 2006-10-25 09:01AM | 0 recs
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I don't know if I'm getting the brush off, or if the campaign is hugely and quickly successful, but I called all the NYers (I'm in NY-20), telling them that I was from NY-20, give to other district campaigns and wanted their candidate to contribute to DCCC.  I was told, often very quickly --eg. Maloney in NY-14 -- that she had given 250K to DCCC and 50k to individual campaigns since 9/30.  I got similar responses from others.  I would expect this campaign to work quickly if it works at all.  Is there an update on who's given what?

by SaratogaProf 2006-10-25 09:14AM | 0 recs

Many of these folks are allies of various "non-Hilly/Billy" presidential candidates. It is fairly obvious they were hoarding cash to give to said candidates.

So how is this crusade not the "Insure Hilly-Billy is guaranteed a financial lock in 2008!" crusade?

Seems to me an intellectually honest effort of this sort would also be punding Hilly-Billy to cough up more of her hoard as well.

by ElitistJohn 2006-10-25 09:18AM | 0 recs
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Good for Reps Napolitano and Solis.  They make me proud to be from California.  

However, it seems to me that there are other California representatives who are sitting on large warchests who should also be on the list: Mike Thompson, Barbara Lee, Tom Lantos, Zoe Lofgren, Dennis Cardoza, Lois Capps, Brad Sherman, Henry Waxman, Loretta Sanchez, and Susan Davis.  None of them have credible opponents.  Is their a reason that they are not on the list?

by chadconfetti 2006-10-25 09:24AM | 0 recs
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Hey, I want to put in a good word for Cong. Jay Inslee (WA. state).  I spoke with his campaign manager over the weekend and learned that Jay has donated about $500,000 to: (1) various state legislative candidates in Washington state, (2)  federal congressional candidates, (3) Maria Cantwell's campaign, (4) about $150,000 to the DCCC,  and also (5) over $30,000 to  a Washington state Clean Energy initiative.

However, the process of documenting all of these contributions -- to a whole lot of people! -- requires doing a lot of public disclosure searching, and I've simply not had time this week.  So let me put in a good word here for an easier-to-document method to figure out HOW MUCH members of Congress are giving, and to whom.  The campaign manager had a list of notes, but no Excel file that she could send my way to document the contributions that Jay has been giving.

In addition, Inslee has been campaigning in Pennsylvania and Iowa in recent weeks, helping other congressional candidates campaign.   Jay's also been helping Peter Goldmark in Eastern Wa., and had either maxed on his contributions to Goldmark, or would do so later this week.  Jay has also contributed to Rick Larsen's congressional campaign in Wa state.

The process of doing the public disclosure searches and putting together the documentation on contributions requires more time than I've been able to carve out since I spoke with Inslee's campaign manager.  I have the sense that these Congressmen aren't used to anyone asking for a quick spreadsheet of their contributions.  (Hmmmm... methinks there's a good web app idea for anyone who wants to develop it ;-)

I've no doubt that Karl Rove is keeping track of Inslee's activities on his Dark Ledger.  Those of us who care about decent government should keeping track as well, and sending at least an email of thanks.

by readerOfTeaLeaves 2006-10-25 09:52AM | 0 recs
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First MoveOn got in on the action, now TrueMajorityAction is helping out by sending Use It or Lose It info to their members. I just got an email with a link to this page: ck/useitorloseit.php?state=MA&ga_id= ga_14260311

It's a good live link that brings your local reps to the top, so it's very easy to use.

It's great that more and more progressive groups are coordinating like this; this kind of cohesive message is exactly what we need!

by Sustainability 2006-10-25 10:02AM | 0 recs
Howard Berman

His campaign office reports he has given (to date, not just since the 9/30 reporting)

225,000 to the DCCC
170,000 to the Red To Blue effort, and has raised
185,000 for the DCCC through various events.

they are counting that as a total of $580,000

by Lemonsquare 2006-10-25 10:52AM | 0 recs
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Paul Kanjorski's office (PA-11) were pretty rude about the whole thing

First the staffer complained she got "25 calls" today about it, I was polite, and just said I wanted my rep to get good press

she said he didn't need it because he wasn't running for a leadership position, hence he doesn't need to give anymore

Then about the "expanded field" she said "we're writing new checks but we aren't going to say publically how much"

i tried polite, i pushed back politely, in the end, it was clear: Kanjorski's office doesn't give a fuck, I recommend anyone in PA call Kanjorksi's office and complain about negative feedback you've gotten from members of his own district

by thorgrim 2006-10-25 11:40AM | 0 recs
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Ben Chandler's (KY) campaign refused to give 30% of his $600K+.  They told me they had already given enough.

link here:
 http://www.bluegrassroots/2006/10/is_ben _chandler.html

by MediaCzech 2006-10-25 11:53AM | 0 recs
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lol, don't worry about it, I would have made the same mistake if I hadn't seen your response first. In fact, the Udalls are a HUGE Democratic family. They have been called the Kennedies of the South West. All of them have been Democrats except for the Republican Senator from Oregon, who doesn't even have the same last name anymore. They are sort of machine-types, but they are liberal on most issues, and so I like them.

by JewishJake 2006-10-25 01:49PM | 0 recs
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I talked to Cong. Jim Moran tonight in Arlington VA. He said he has paid his DCCC dues of $150,000 and has given $100,000 to Virginia dems. I encouraged him to give more since he is totally safe.

by amber waves 2006-10-25 09:31PM | 0 recs


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