Busby outraising Bilbray in CA-50!

Good news coming out about the CA-50 June 6th election, Democrat Francine Busby is out raising Republican Brian Bilbray, but help and support are still needed in the final two weeks of the race. Check out the article below.
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Strip-mining the grassroots? (pt 2): the DNC's 'Grassroots Campaigns' canvassers

(This is the second entry in a series I'm reposting from my diary at DailyKos. I'm writing about a particular breed of ground operations that is increasingly popular among progressive organizations -- including the DNC and MoveOn. I'll argue--and I'm not the first to do so--that this model of 'grassroots' activism saps vital energy from the progressive movement and does not effectively advance our cause.)

In my last post, I wrote about the canvass fundraising campaign that the DNC launched in 2004 through a subcontracted outfit, Grassroots Campaigns Inc (GCI). The campaign successfully added three quarters of a million names to the DNC membership. These people gave money under the pretense of 'beating Bush'--but the money they gave mostly went to pay for the operation itself. I questioned whether these means justified the ends.

In the comments, people noted that this is a tough reality about most canvass fundraising campaigns: they don't directly raise money for the cause--they are about establishing relationships with new donors, and building the base. Indeed. The 2006 DNC canvass operation has recently launched. Hundreds of city streets will be manned with GCI's canvassers every day from now on--for millions of people, they will embody the Democratic Party. But what kind of relationships are they building?

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Strip-mining the grassroots?: DNC fundraising in 2004, 2006, and beyond

(This is the first entry in a series I'm reposting from my diary at DailyKos. I'll be writing in the next few weeks about a particular breed of ground operations that is increasingly popular among progressive organizations -- including the DNC and MoveOn. I'll argue that this model of 'grassroots' activism is unhealthy for the progressive movement; that it saps vital energy and does not effectively advance our cause. I'm not the first to have made this argument, but the story has not yet gained traction. I think it's crucial to the Left that it does.)

In 2004, the DNC launched a campaign unlike anything the party had done before -- thousands of canvassers hit the streets of all the major cities, raising money to 'beat George Bush.' "It's the greatest thing I've ever heard," Terry McAuliffe said of this novel enterprise. Others were not so impressed. "Political panhandling,"it was called in Dkos. "Astroturfing." You probably saw the canvassers yourself, at your door or on a busy sidewalk. But in the frenzy of that year, the massive operation blended in among the noise.

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Deaf Democrats of America

Hi all,

I am running Deaf Democrats of America, an organization dedicated to getting Deaf people involved with the Democratic Party. I ran Deaf Democrats for Dean, and worked with DFA and BFA closely, even making a few guest blogger posts on Blog for America.

I hope you can all check my site out and give some ideas/feedbacks. Thanks!

www.deafdemocrats.net

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Why I Bought My Democracy Bond

Today, I made an investment in my Party and bought a Democracy Bond, let me tell you why.


While I am a college student and only part-time employed thus can't afford much, I committed myself to give the DNC $20.01 a month.

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