The Fundraising Quarter Ends in 72 Hours Open Thread

As we continue to celebrate the historic vote on health care reform (and continue to lament the right-wing's response of threats and violent rhetoric), it's important to remember that we're just 72 hours away from the end of the pivotal first fundraising quarter of 2010. Now is the time to contribute!

For your contributing convenience, there are ActBlue pages set up for specific groups.

Of course, I manage my "Expand the Map!" ActBlue page, promoting Democrats running for Senate seats currently held by Republicans and, this cycle, better Democrats running in primaries against conservaDems (i.e. Bill Halter taking on Blanche Lincoln) and recent Republicans (i.e. Joe Sestak taking on Arlen Specter). I hope you'll check it out and contribute what you can to our Democrats for U.S. Senate.

Daily Kos' Adam Bonin runs the "We've Got Your Back, v2.0" ActBlue page, promoting House Democrats in swing districts who supported health care reform despite the political risk. Standing up for these politically brave Democrats makes it easier to persuade Dems from swing districts to take politically risky votes for reform in the future. Some of my favorite Democrats, including Representatives Alan Grayson and Carol Shea-Porter, are represented on the page.

MyDD has established the "Going On Offense" ActBlue page, promoting Democrats running for Senate, Governor, and House - challengers and incumbents. Featured are Democratic campaigns including Tom White for Congress from Nebraska, Matt Dunne for Governor of Vermont, and Senator Russ Feingold's re-election. MyDD's Nathan Empsall went into further detail about the on Going On Offense effort on Thursday.

Remember, the contribution you can make isn't just a donation to a single candidate or political campaign. It's an investment against Republican obstruction (and conservaDem enabling) at all levels of government. Every dollar these Democrats are able to report before the end of the fundraising quarter on Wednesday night will demonstrate Democratic strength against their Republican/Teabag opposition. It makes a big difference and a real impact.

72 hours. Please chip in if you can on any of these pages - or directly to your favorite Democratic candidate for office in 2010. This is an open thread.

For news and analysis on the U.S. Senate races around the country, regularly read Senate Guru.

GOP should return money raised from deceptive census mailings

On Wednesday the House of Representatives unanimously approved HR 4261, the Prevent Deceptive Census Look-Alike Mailings Act. The short bill would ban fundraising letters like those the Republican National Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee sent last month, which gave the appearance of being official census documents. Those mailings were legal because they did not "use the full name of the U.S. Census Bureau or the seal of any government agency." However, even Republicans have admitted that the tactic crosses a line, and no one in the House GOP caucus wanted to go on record opposing the bill on Wednesday.

On the other hand, it costs Congressional Republicans nothing to vote for this bill. Their committees are already cashing checks from this year's deception, and the next census won't roll around for ten years. If Republicans truly believe it's wrong to raise money with a fake census letter, they should return all contributions from suckers they've duped this year.

GOP should return money raised from deceptive census mailings

On Wednesday the House of Representatives unanimously approved HR 4261, the Prevent Deceptive Census Look-Alike Mailings Act. The short bill would ban fundraising letters like those the Republican National Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee sent last month, which gave the appearance of being official census documents. Those mailings were legal because they did not "use the full name of the U.S. Census Bureau or the seal of any government agency." However, even Republicans have admitted that the tactic crosses a line, and no one in the House GOP caucus wanted to go on record opposing the bill on Wednesday.

On the other hand, it costs Congressional Republicans nothing to vote for this bill. Their committees are already cashing checks from this year's deception, and the next census won't roll around for ten years. If Republicans truly believe it's wrong to raise money with a fake census letter, they should return all contributions from suckers they've duped this year.

GOP should return money raised from deceptive census mailings

On Wednesday the House of Representatives unanimously approved HR 4261, the Prevent Deceptive Census Look-Alike Mailings Act. The short bill would ban fundraising letters like those the Republican National Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee sent last month, which gave the appearance of being official census documents. Those mailings were legal because they did not "use the full name of the U.S. Census Bureau or the seal of any government agency." However, even Republicans have admitted that the tactic crosses a line, and no one in the House GOP caucus wanted to go on record opposing the bill on Wednesday.

On the other hand, it costs Congressional Republicans nothing to vote for this bill. Their committees are already cashing checks from this year's deception, and the next census won't roll around for ten years. If Republicans truly believe it's wrong to raise money with a fake census letter, they should return all contributions from suckers they've duped this year.

Coakley Fundraising Today Haul Hits $526,000 -- And Counting

Seeking to build on the money bomb that has already brought in more than half a million dollars to her campaign, Massachusetts Democratic Senate nominee Martha Coakley has redirected the contribution link on her website to a new "Do It For Ted" Act Blue page hosted by Vicki Kennedy, the widow the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

More than $5,300 in new online contributions have been processed through the page in the roughly 15 minutes since it went live at about 7:50 PM Eastern according to tallies publicly available on Act Blue.

[UPDATE by Jonathan]: More than $10,000 came through in the first half hour of the page according to public numbers on Act Blue, though it is unclear how rapidly the numbers are being refreshed or the extent to which they approach real time.

[UPDATE 2 by Jonathan]: Martha Coakley has now raised $457,000 online since earlier this afternoon, according to a Democratic strategist with direct knowledge of the campaign's fundraising.

[UPDATE 3 by Jonathan]: Martha Coakley's fundraising today has surpassed half a million dollars. As of 10:45 PM Eastern, Coakley's campaign brought in $526,000 in online contributions -- and counting -- a Democratic strategist tells MyDD.

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