You Asked For It: DNC Responds on 50-State Strategy

From the diaries--Chris

In response to this, this, this and lots of other requests, you should really check out this.

An email from Democratic Party Executive Director Tom McMahon after the bump.

Here's the email from Tom McMahon:


Dear Fellow Democrat,

$500,000 for a 50 State Strategy

Today I'm meeting with the first set of organizers you have hired. They're in Washington for workshops this week. Saturday they will head home to West Virginia and get to work.

Each of them has put together a short bio for you -- take a look, because you made this possible:

http://www.democrats.org/50statestrategy

You blew past last week's $250,000 fundraising goal in just 48 hours -- surprising Governor Dean and everyone else. That made it possible to add a fifth state (Kansas) to the four new ones announced last week.

Governor Dean challenged Democrats across the country to push that goal to $500,000 by Friday this week -- that's tomorrow. If we reach it together, we can get the ball rolling this week in another batch of four more states.

You will have more than tripled the program -- adding nine new states in two weeks. And it will have happened with small donations that have outpaced anything the Democratic Party has seen in an off-year between elections.

Let's do it:

http://www.democrats.org/challenge

A lot of folks responded to Governor Dean's message last week asking for a way to track the progress of your fundraising. As you can see, there's a graphic on the right with the total -- it will be updated every hour so that you can see the difference you're making by contributing and spreading the word. And we'll be tracking the progress on the web site.

Your small donations are moving this program so fast that it's hard to keep up. The staff is working around the clock to get the pieces in place to get started in the new states you fund today and tomorrow.

Growing our party from the ground up in every single state will be hard work -- but it's absolutely necessary if we're going to build the long-term capacity to win in all 50 states.

It's up to you -- can we get started in another four this week?

Thank you for everything.

Sincerely,

Tom McMahon

Executive Director


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15 Comments

Nit picking
It should be blue instead of RED.
Did Mr. Creativitiy go out to lunch? What is that a pole , a bar, a stick.

Wouldn't it have been nice to have a black adn white map of the US and each state filled in BLUE once its goal was met...

by Parker 2005-06-02 10:15AM | 0 recs
Money is important ...
... but good ideas trump money.  

At what point, exactly, is any Nationally-known Democrat with a little whump behind his name, going to actually stand up and say something specfic that the rest of us can get behind?  

I am not donating money to any "business as usual" DLC functionaries, even if they do make new noises like this from time to time.  I want to see what the plan is first.

sc

by scribble 2005-06-02 10:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Money is important ...
>I want to see what the plan is first.

Well, the plan has been around since Dean founded Democracy for America.   And only those willfully ignorant of it continue to expose their shortcomings with regard to what Dean had in mind when he was running for chair.

Even so, I guess we will have to limp by without your five bucks.

by nanorich 2005-06-02 11:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Money is important ...
I understand that my view is unpopular here. While I am sorry about that, I still think my basic viewpoint is important enough to post here anyway. People who love Howard Dean and think he is doing all the right things, need to hear from me more than anybody else in political blogland does.  

This isn't just a Howard Dean issue. While I really dislike Dean's six month silence; I also am dismayed by the near-silence of almost every other National Democrat in the country.

Sure, somebody like Boxer or Reid speaks up bravely from time to time, but not to propose a stand on an issue that the whole Party can take, and they don't actually campaign in the media for their latest call for defiant patience (or whatever). Hell; even a first-book author knows enough to go on a book tour and say something specific about the book he/she has just written.  

I've seen Dean's "plan." It isn't a plan; it's a sales letter -- a five minute speech to the already converted.  I want to see descriptions of specific social problems, together with strongly-drafted proposed solutions to those problems. I don't see that on Dean's site, or anywhere else, although Reid came close a month ago with a list of a dozen Bills he was ready to introduce in the Senate if the GOP had squashed the filibuster.

The issue here isn't my five bucks.  The issue is that I'm here, saying these things.  If I'm here, you can bet I'm not alone.

There are a lot of us who (in your view) are voting our ignorance. This might just be part of the problem that the Democratic Party is having this Spring..... Hotshots like Dean reached out to Democratic Party pols, but ignored the millions of us Democrats who actually VOTE. He didn't visit twenty States. He snuck into and out of twenty States.  This is not a good strategy.

Without wise old souls like you around to enlighten us (and you didn't here), me and my fifteen million Democratic friends will continue to waste our money on issues we believe in, instead of giving it to the Democratic Party National Committee, like Dean is asking us to.

No; I want to hear somebody important actually take a positive stand on a specific issue.  Until then, me and my fifteen million friends will take our five bucks apiece and buy quiche with it.

sc

by scribble 2005-06-02 05:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Money is important ...
The issue isn't that you are here....the issue you are here, posting provocative stuff, threatening to withhold your money if you don't approve of the plan...and whining about Dean meeting with the wrong people in Los Angeles, while posting incorrect info on the California Democratic Party...

blah, blah, blah.

In the meantime, there are a lot of people here who have met and talked with Dean, understand how the DNC works and how what he is doing is different from what they were doing under Terry, and....how the party building intitatives work because we have been working with DFA last election.

It is called paying your dues, pal.

It is about understanding what grassroots politics is about, because I at least, have been active in Democratic Party politics for 12 years...in California, and thanks to Dean have been trained in field operations, know how to run a campaign office, and all the other stuff which no doubt would bore you to tears, because you can't be bothered to actually look at the record, and judge fundraising letters as policy.

by nanorich 2005-06-02 05:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Money is important ...
Would you like us to pray to you?
by v2aggie2 2005-06-02 08:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Money is important ...

>While I really dislike Dean's six month silence; I also am dismayed by the near-silence of almost every other National Democrat in the country.<

That is one of those pernicious talking points that the right wing media goes for.  Democrats have not been "silent" they have just not been getting the a lot of coverage in the media.  Start listening to Air America Radio and checking the C-SPAN listings.  It is all there.  Just sitting back and waiting until Dean or some other nationally known Democrat does something that the main stream media wants to expose you to will just give you yet another reason for continuing to sit things out.

by Fred in Vermont 2005-06-02 07:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Money is important ...
From my screen name, you can tell that I'm obviously pro-Dean. WRT Howard's '6-month silence' perhaps you may recall that the jealous cowards in DC had to rant on about how he wasn't the voice of the Party when he did make some comments after his successful DNC campaign.  And the hero Reid was one of them. So he soft-pedaled making anything that could be interpreted as setting policy for the Dems.  The frikkin' dog in the manger cowards.

Slightly off topic: I have had a couple very interesting casual talks with my daughter-in-law's lawyer regarding grassroots level politics.  He happens to be the head of our local Florida county's Republican party.  He is a very nice human being, a genuine self-made man whom I have come to admire. I am embarrassed for the Dems when I look at them through his eyes.  He in turn is embarassed for his free-spending party in power in Washington, also.  In his opinion all Kerry had to do to win the election was tell the truth, not try to 'have it both ways'.
 

by rodean 2005-06-03 03:10AM | 0 recs
Re: Money is important ...
You're right on the policy ideas.

But this come from candidates, not the DNC Chair.

Organization is being addressed by Dean.
This is a positive

by v2aggie2 2005-06-02 08:19PM | 0 recs
Here's the thing
Dean, as head of the DNC, is the operations head.  He's in charge of the party infrastructure.  And with that, he's doing an amazing job.

Message is elected officials' job.  Dean has some input, but it's, at this point, to Reid and Pelosi to be the major force behind the message.

by jimdandy 2005-06-02 05:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Here's the thing
You hit the nail on the head.

I think good, innovative governors can actually become THE driving force behind good policy ideas, more so than Reid and Pelosi

by v2aggie2 2005-06-02 08:22PM | 0 recs
You rock!!
Ah, Joe.  I knew you'd come through for us.  You rock!!!  :-)
by Maura in CT 2005-06-02 07:52PM | 0 recs
Thanks Joe!
A farmer I know in Bayard, Nebraska now knows where his contributions to the DNC are going.  Thanks, J.
by Heath at the NDP 2005-06-02 09:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Thanks Joe!
The cool thing is that that farmer's contributions to the DNC are going to be put to work in his state, since Nebraska's on the list! Keep up the great work, Heath.
by Joe Rospars 2005-06-03 07:57AM | 0 recs
Thanks for the extra info
Particularly the bios of the folks from WV.

Keep the good news coming!

Steve

by Steve P 2005-06-06 09:27AM | 0 recs

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