Blue America and Tony Trupiano

Howie Klein is just a force in progressive politics.  He's smart, learns quickly, and will be a major lever pulling the party towards our values.  I trust his judgment, and he's asking all of us to help fund a campaign to help Tony Trupiano. I don't know Tony Trupiano, though I've been told that he's extremely progressive and running a good campaign on a really cheap budget.  One of the best admakers in the country is making an ad for Blue America to run in the district, and Blue America is going to run it.  Here's Howie.

A couple days ago one of the most impressive TV ad makers in America, Lars Sandvik , sent us an ad he had put together for Jim Webb. Only Webb isn't using it. I asked him if he could adapt it to one of the Blue America progressives. He said "yes" and, like everyone who works on Blue America, Lars has done everything pro bono and made sure everyone else involved would too. So which campaign would most benefit? John, Jane and I don't have any fancy Beltway consultants -- thank God -- but we have something way better: Markos. We got Markos to go over all the races with us and figure out which race would be most likely to benefit from this particular ad and where our limited budget would actually do enough... not just enough to send a message, but enough to swing a few points and win an election. In the end the four of us all came to the same conclusion: Tony Trupiano.

Tony's opponent is a posterboy for the whole concept of being a rubber stamp. He is one of the least independent-minded congressman in Washington, even to the point of being a bit of a laughing stock. A complete mama's boy, he became hysterical at the one debate he had with Tony and wound up making an idiot out of himself and then refusing any further debates. Since he actually gerrymandered the district for himself as a state legislator, he feels quite certain he's got this baby in the bag. He must be reading MyDD because he just gave away 80% of his campaign warchest -- all those legalized bribes for so many favors to so many corporations- to the RNCC.

Look at the Blue America ActBlue page. You've raised nearly half a million dollars and every $5 and $10 and $20 donation was pure grassroots. This is probably the last time we'll come asking for help in this cycle. If you have anything left you can spare, please consider going to the Blue America PAC and donating for television time buys for Tony now. We have to pull the trigger on Monday. So whatever we can raise between now and then, we put on the air.

Blue America is more ideological than the netroots page.  The netroots page is about supporting local blogospheres and candidates overlooked by DC insiders.  Blue America is about supporting progressives and getting to know candidates through blogging.  Both are extremely helpful to the values we all share, and this small campaign is part of introducing progressive professionals (like real admakers) into the political world.  All in all it's a good political value.

If you have any coin left, Howie will put it to good use. I'm putting in $50, and Blogpac is going to make a donation.  Consider this an early Halloween trick on the Republicans.  It's a scary season for them.

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Act Blue Steps Up for Trupiano (MI-11)

Cross-posted at MichiganLiberal.com.

Tony Trupiano's campaign (MI-11) is getting a huge boost. He needs your help to give it a bigger one. Howie Klien and the folks at Blue America have got a TV ad they want to help Tony run. The whole story is here at The Huffington Post.

They had an ad ready to run for Webb in Virginia titled Rubber Stamp. Long story short, Webb's not using it and they've decided to modify it for Tony. Go watch. I'll wait.

As Howie tells the story...


We got Markos to go over all the races with us and figure out which race would be most likely to benefit from this particular ad and where our limited budget would actually do enough... not just enough to send a message, but enough to swing a few points and win an election. In the end the four of us all came to the same conclusion: Tony Trupiano.

Check out Klein's description of McCotter below the fold. It's perfect.

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Michgan 11: Tony Trupiano--the Audio Interview

Tony Trupiano, Michigan 11 Democratic nominee, is running in a District that has a very balanced registration and only a Cook Index R+1 propensity. In other words...it's very winnable!

Tony was a 12 year national progressive radio personality and gave that up to run for this seat. He has organized a very efffective campaign. His District includes much of the auto industry and has a substantial population. Tony gave an interview to Political Interviews yesterday. It is available in Flash Audio on the site or as a mp3 download.

After having over 15,000 guests on his show, Tony Trupiano knows how to give an interesting and substantive interview. Please visit Political Interviews to hear a Progressive that really is making a difference.

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Democracy for $1

5 Days Left...Can 1$ Make a Difference?

From :
Trupiano for Congress
Sent :
Monday, March 27, 2006 2:30 PM
To :
XXXXXX@msn.com
Subject :

5 Days Left...Can 1$ Make a Difference?

Monday, March 27, 2006
While our next filing deadline is just five days away, and I want to thank those of you who have contributed in the past week, we have to continue to ask you to help us so we can help you. By forwarding this Newsletter on to others who want change and understand the importance of change you can assist us in continuing to grow my campaign and your realistic chances at change in the House of Representatives.

Last Monday evening I was a guest on a national radio show and the guest host asked me how I was planning to raise the money I would need to win this November. I sincerely replied, one dollar at a time. What I didn't expect was that someone would take me literally (fine with me!) and start something of a phenomenon. The text of the e-mail follows; I'll share the result after you read what I believe to be the original e-mail:
read the results at http://bloggingwithblue.blogspot.com/200 6/03/5-days-leftcan-1-make-difference.ht ml

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Quality News Network Interview with Tony Trupiano

Tony Trupiano recently recorded an interview with the Quality News Network. Click here to listen to Tony on a variety of issues:

http://www.qualitynewsnetwork.com/2006in tv.htm

Tony's website has also recently added Forums. You can comment, question and talk about the issues that concern you most and that you want Tony to hear about or address. Tony does participate in these forums regularly. Please check them out and let Tony know what you think

http://www.tony4congress2006.com/forum/d efault.asp

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