Use It Or Lose It: New Pitch
by Chris Bowers, Wed Oct 25, 2006 at 08:07:08 AM EDT
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.
- 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.