Moneybomb Planned For Edwards - January 18th

Originally posted by KingOneEye on DailyKos: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/1/13/171722/549/52/436243

There's been a lot of talk in these parts about how the media is shutting John Edwards out of the race. He has been excluded from polling. His campaign events have not been covered. Other candidates with less to show for themselves receive more attention. Etc.....

All of the these things are true. And all of the solutions I've seen have merit. We definitely need to put pressure on the media to cover this election fairly. But the media is probably not going to alter course and suddenly exhibit a journalistic integrity that they haven't even thought about since their freshman year of college. They need to be given a reason to change course; a reason that fits their definition of news.

So either Edwards could engage in a high speed police chase with Britney's kids on his lap and a missing white girl in the trunk, or he could raise $7 million dollars in one day.

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Money is one of the key validators that establishment media recognize. It is an extension of their fixation on the primacy of wealth in this materialistic culture. It is the reason that corporations are favored by most political operators and institutions. And it is the reason that these corporate-dominated media companies are marginalizing Edwards in the first place. As more than one pundit has put it, Edwards is their worst enemy.

Edwards' campaign has been the most forthright in attacking the epidemic of corporate greed. He has brought the issue of health care into the realm of the personal by spotlighting the tragically horrendous treatment of Nataline Sarkisyan by Cigna. He is relating the challenge by Warren Buffet to Forbes 400 CEOs to prove that they pay more in taxes than their secretaries. And he has directly taken on the media corporations themselves, particularly Fox News. It is notable that he is the ONLY Democratic candidate to continue to decline to appear on Fox. Obama broke ranks last week and Clinton never really joined the effort. Neither did Biden or Dodd. Kucinich is a frequent Fox guest. Only Edwards has had the courage to make direct statements addressing the dangers of consolidated media conglomerates. From his letter to the FCC:

"High levels of media consolidation threaten free speech, they tilt the public dialogue towards corporate priorities and away from local concerns, and they make it increasingly difficult for women and people of color to own meaningful stakes in our nation's media."

And on Fox News:

"The basis of a strong democracy begins and ends with a strong, unbiased and fair media -- all qualities which are pretty hard to subscribe to Fox News and News Corp."

Given Edwards' propensity for speaking truth to power, we might have expected the counterpunch that these media corporations have wielded. But we don't have to quit fighting.

Ron Paul has managed to stir up respectable levels of exposure despite his low standings in most polls. After being excluded from a Fox News-sponsored debate in New Hampshire, he has now been invited to participate in a Fox debate in South Carolina. That reversal on the part of Fox didn't occur due to some crisis of conscience. It occurred partly because Paul's supporters were pissed and they let it be known, and partly because Paul had validated himself in terms the media can understand - fund raising. Having drawn in a record $6 million dollars in one day went a long ways toward forcing the press to pay attention.

What I want to know is this: If Paul can do it, why can't Edwards? Edwards  has far more support than Paul and he ought to be able to mobilize his supporters to attempt to set a new fund raising record. I don't know if Edwards has anything like this in mind but there is no reason his supporters can't embark on this on their own.

So I propose that we do so. I would like to suggest Friday, January 18, as the day to shatter both the record and the media's tinted glass ceiling on coverage. This would give us all five days to publicize the effort. If successful, it should generate some press in time for the Sunday papers and news programs. Then on Monday, there is the debate in South Carolina, where Edwards could promote the results. This would then be followed by the primary on Saturday which, hopefully, would benefit from the newly enhanced press attention.

If we believe that the media is unfairly slanting coverage, it is up to us to do something about it. We must not let them make our decisions for us. By thrusting Edwards' visibility forward with financial support that makes the press do a double take, we are effectively slapping the collective faces of the reporters who think they know what they're talking about; of the pundits who think they know what's best; of the blowhards like Bill O'Reilly who dismissively wave off our candidates as phonies and losers.

On Friday, January 18, go to the donation page at JohnEdwards.com and make a donation for whatever you can afford. Personally, I think Clinton and Obama supporters should do this as well in order to stick it to the media. I'm sure they will consider that a disingenuous ploy to squeeze money out of them, but it isn't. I am completely serious when I say that the press is out there to do us harm. It may be Edwards now, but it will be your candidate later. So this opportunity to spank them is worth embracing.

Feel free to use the the graphic above to get the word out. Post it on your blog, MySpace, Facebook, etc.

$7 million dollars is a lot of money to raise online, and 5 days is not a lot of time to organize. But if Ron Paul can do it, fer gawds sake, we ought to be able to.

Tags: 2008, John Edwards, Money, Nevada, Presidential Campaign, Primaries, South Carolina (all tags)

Comments

24 Comments

Re: Edwards Planned Moneybomb - January 18th

I would like to point out that this is not organized by the Edwards campaign but solely by Edwards' supporters.

by Rtael 2008-01-14 08:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Planned Moneybomb - January 18th

You might wanna edit your title:

  Moneybomb Planned For Edwards - Jan 18

by Rob in Vermont 2008-01-14 01:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Planned Moneybomb - January 18th

I don't know if I'd call it a Moneybomb either.  It brings up much different images.  Maybe Money Typhoon or something like that, lest Homeland security think you are threatening a candidate (because how often do the Bushies ACTUALLY read).

by yitbos96bb 2008-01-16 04:19AM | 0 recs
Edwards can't be happy about this.

When Edwards supporters raise $11.46  compared to Paul's $4,000,000.00, how is he going to look?

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-14 08:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards can't be happy about this.

If that's what you really want to believe, it's fine. But Edwards has a much larger base of support than Ron Paul, and I think most people in the blogosphere know by now that Edwards supporters can be quite eh...rabid in their loyalty (that coming from an Edwards supporter himself). With a group of loyal supports like that, I think this thing really could be big.

by Rtael 2008-01-14 09:08AM | 0 recs
Edwards is either out after SC

... or he loses whatever establishment support he has.  Anyone would want to work again in DC, show their face in cloak room, etc. would have to pull back from him at that point (if he doesn't win NV or SC).

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-14 09:10AM | 0 recs
His union support will be gone too

Unions won't be able to justify continued expenditures on his behalf.  

If he doesn't win in NV or SC then he will be looking at single digit support the rest of the way if he stays in.

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-14 09:13AM | 0 recs
Re: His union support will be gone too

I know the line's a bit played out, but it really seems like you're trying to convince yourself. When you spend your time on my post replying to your own messages, adding on more and more reasons why Edwards simply isn't viable now, AND why he won't be viable after NV/SC it just seems like anti-Edwards fanatacism on your part.

by Rtael 2008-01-14 09:29AM | 0 recs
I simply realized I had more to add

I think it is complicated.  But I think at the end of the day it will become a two person race.  I don't think the DC establishment, state leaders, unions, anyone wants to see a three person cluster you know what the whole way.

And I think voters will at some point tune him out if he doesn't win something, somewhere.

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-14 09:37AM | 0 recs
Barry and John make a cute couple

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-14 09:07AM | 0 recs
Obama supporters don't have the market corner'd

Everyone else is still allowed to hate too.

by dpANDREWS 2008-01-14 09:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Planned Moneybomb - January 18th

I will give on Friday.

by Steve M 2008-01-14 09:27AM | 0 recs
You should have put

a link to KOE's diary in your diary.

Could you add it in now?
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/1/13/ 171722/549/52/436243

by kevin22262 2008-01-14 11:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Planned Moneybomb - January 18th

The horse is dead- stop beating it.  It's over for him, give if you like throwing your money down the drain.  Let him use his own millions- have him take that 16 million he has in the Hedge Fund out to use for his campaign.

by reasonwarrior 2008-01-14 11:59AM | 0 recs
R E S P E C T

I respect your decision regarding which candidate you'll contribute money to and vote for. How about you paying me that same respect?

I continue to support John Edwards for the reasons I stated in my recent diary on this subject.

by Rob in Vermont 2008-01-14 12:58PM | 0 recs
Friday

I'm in

by Rob in Vermont 2008-01-14 01:03PM | 0 recs
Go Rohn Epauldwards!

Edwards supporters are looking more and more like Ron Paul supporters every day.  "No, really!  Our guy can win!  You just wait til everyone sees!!!"

by Setec 2008-01-14 01:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Go Rohn Epauldwards!

So refresh my memory...which state did Ron Paul finish second in? Or even third for that matter?

by Rtael 2008-01-14 02:07PM | 0 recs
Edwards is a mainstream candidate

who has always had a chance (albeit no one ever thought it would be easy) of capturing the nomination. Paul is a fringe candidate who has never, ever, had a chance of capturing the nomination.

But there is more to this discussion than who becomes the nominee. Most of us supporters are very realistic - and openly so - about the chances that an underdog candidate has to capture this nomination.  But the Primary System is not winner-take-all; Edwards doesn't have to come in first in a state to win delegates. The more delegates he brings to the convention floor, the more it will serve to amplify his campaign's message.  To the degree that one believes it is an important message, there is nothing unrealistic about continuing to support his campaign.

by Rob in Vermont 2008-01-14 02:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Moneybomb Planned For Edwards - January 18th

Damn!  I already donated this morning.  Oh, well, I'll just have to dig a little deeper.  :-)

by CLLGADEM 2008-01-15 01:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Moneybomb Planned For Edwards - January 18th

I'm in.  We need to keep the most electable and most reasonable of all the candidates in this race.

by TheUnknown285 2008-01-15 06:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Moneybomb Planned For Edwards - January 18th

I'm there. Without Edwards in the race, who else is going to put forth the progressive platform of universal healthcare, elimination of poverty, tax fairness, trade reform, ending corporate tax loopholes and subsidies, standing up for unions and labor rights, mandatory caps on carbon output and elimination of nuclear power, ending combat missions and troop training in Iraq, rebuilding New Orleans, dismantling the bogus "war on terror" . . . . ? No candidate has done more to jerk the Democratic candidate debate leftward toward progressive values than Edwards has. And the great thing about it is that when people actually hear what he's saying it resonates. But the media continues to ignore Edwards and, instead, focus on two celebrity candidates who swap substance-less innuendo through press releases and campaign surrogates. With more money, Edwards can continue to get his progressive message out there and keep the entire Democratic primary from sliding into a swamp of political maneuvering.

by jeffbinnc 2008-01-15 08:16AM | 0 recs
Friday it is! Money Bombs Away!

To all those Clinton naysayers...almost 40 % of Michigan went against her for NoBody!!!

Suffice to say, JRE has the money and will go all the way through the convention.  Furthermore, since this is not yet a campaign sanctioned event, no matter how much is raised, we will use it wisely.  I am sure it wil be substantial.  Only one candidate is moving up in Nevada, South Carolina, and the National polls.  That candidate is John Edwards!  It is a 3 way race to the convention, and it does not look good for Hillary.

by msnstd 2008-01-15 06:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Moneybomb Planned For Edwards - January 18th

Good Luck to you guys.  It would be quite impressive since neither Obama with his 500,000 plus donors nor Hillary with her big corporate money have been able to do this in day.  If I was maxed out to Obama, I'd probably donate, but I'm not and prefer my money to go to him at this time.  I do wish you guys the best of luck and hope ou succeed.  

by yitbos96bb 2008-01-16 04:21AM | 0 recs

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