Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

In the 2006 elections, Democrats have put far more Republican-held seats in play--upwards of 60--than nearly anyone previously imagined possible. This incredible number of competitive districts is a testament to all of the work Democrats have done over the past two years expanding our reach beyond a narrowly targeted range of districts and voters. However, since our fundraising has not increased at the same rate as our ability to put districts into play, the situation also presents us with a problem. Simply put, Democratic Party committees, and Democrats in some surprisingly competitive races, do not have the cash to fully fund 60 challenges to Republican-held districts at this time. For example, Larry Kissell in NC-08 has less than $90 cash on hand, and both the DCCC and the DNC are about to take out loans of ten million dollars.

However, while Democratic Party committees and Democratic challengers do not have the funds to fully target 60 Republican-held House districts, House Democrats as a whole do in fact have that money. According to the latest FEC reports, 69 Democratic House incumbents, each with more than $200,000 in their campaign accounts, are either facing no opposition for re-election, or are facing token Republican opposition that has failed to raise more than $10,000. Combined, these 69 incumbents have roughly $50,000,000 in their campaign bank accounts. If each of these 69 incumbents were to give 30% of their campaign funds either directly to competitive Democratic challengers and / or to the DCCC, that would make $15,000,000. Then, we would indeed have the money to fully target 60 Republican-held seats. This money is out there, and we are not using it. With so many campaigns in need of more money, it will be a tragedy if we do not use it now. This isn't about paying dues--this is about taking advantage of an exceptional opportunity that we may not have again for two decades.

Today, I am asking you to call the unopposed, or barely opposed, Democratic Representatives in your home state with more than $200,000 in their campaign bank accounts and ask them to donate 30% of that cash directly to Democratic House challengers and / or to party committees. Along with the help of several outstanding volunteers, I have put together a webpage that details the 69 Democratic House incumbents who we need to target. It tells you who these Democrats are, what districts they represent, and how much money they have in their campaign accounts. It also provides you with phone numbers to contact their campaign offices. If no one is answering there, it provides you with backup phone numbers for their Washington D.C. offices. If no one is there as well, one of those two numbers should provide you with a district office number to call.

Use this webpage to call each of the representatives in your state that appear on this list, and ask them to use 30% of their campaign funds in order to take advantage of this remarkable political landscape. You can see the list here:

Use It Or Lose It

When you call, make sure you are polite. You can also expect to receive pushback when you call, because many of these Democrats has already given to both the DCCC and / or directly to Democratic challengers. However, make it clear that because we have put so many seats in play, we all need to give far more than usual. This is a conservative ask, only 30%, and it will be used to fund a once in a generation opportunity. Thirty percent of more than $200,000 won't cripple anyone. Some have already given much more. It won't make anyone more vulnerable in 2008. It won't require anyone to lay off staff. It won't present serious obstacles for the Representative if s/he runs for higher office. It will, however, allow us to fully fund competitive challenges in districts where we may not be competitive again for years. We need to use this money, or lose this opportunity.

Please, make these phone calls to Representatives in your state. Urge your unchallenged Democratic Representatives to use their campaign money to fund our competitive districts by giving to Democratic challengers and Democratic committees. We have the money to compete far and wide--we need to use it now.

In the comments, let us know what the office says when you call. Please tell the office that if the campaign pledges the 30% goal or higher, we will publicly five them credit.

Update: This is really working. I have heard from sources that the entire New Jersey and Massachusetts delegation are calling in to pledge more money. Barney Frank is giving another $253K of his $800K, or just over 30%. I have also received word that this new money will go to the further out races beyond the top twenty-five. People are getting the message, and it is much more effective coming from the grassroots, which normally doesn't ask for this sort of thing, than it would be if only other people in the leadership were asking. This is really working, and it is only going to get bigger. Keep the calls going!

Update 2: My mistake on the New Jersey delegation. But keep calling them anyway.

Tags: Activism, Fundraising, House 2006, Use It (all tags)



Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

I just put a call into Ohio's only Democrat on your list.

I went through a small routine and directed her to for more information

"What's mydd?"

I didn't really get any pushback - just repeated "I'll look into it"

by belili 2006-10-20 09:48AM | 0 recs
Albert Wynn's on that list.

You might as well take him off, because you know he isn't going to donate a damn thing.

by Hesiod Theogeny 2006-10-20 09:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Looks like Schakowsky's been getting some calls.  The staffer cut me off halfway and knew what I was calling about.  She said that Schakowsky has given $250k to DCCC, $100k to candidates/PACs.

by Fran for Dean 2006-10-20 09:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

I just rung up Slaughter's office and left a voice mail. Lets keep it up.

by optimusprime 2006-10-20 09:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

This is a great idea! I live in Washington state and just called Norm Dicks. I spoke to an aide for about  5 minutes and had a great conversation with him.

A few things that might help others:

  1. I started the conversation by introducing myself and then advocating that Mr. Dicks set a goal to give 30% of his cash on hand to the DCCC in the next two weeks
  2. The aide said Norm is involved in fundraisers for other candidates so I suggested he include part of his take from the fundraisers in his DCCC contribution
  3. I discussed another state race (Darcy Burner) with the aide to localize their interest
  4. I let the aide know that the national Senate and House committees are taking out a loan of about $10 million to take advantage of this historic opportunity to realign the electorate and Mr. Dicks should too!
  5. I restated each of my points at the end, thanked the aide for their time and then said, "I appreciate you delivering a summary of our conversation directly to the Congressman"

Hope this helps! Please call everyone from your state. This is quite effective.

I called from work because my Caller ID says "Microsoft" (where I work) and I thought that might get more attention (heh, heh).

Great idea Chris!


by heyadam 2006-10-20 09:54AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Adam, I read your post after I posted my call to Norm Dicks, see below.... - Trammell

by Trammell 2006-10-20 02:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Following up on Adam's comment out in Wa state, I just left a message at the campaign office of my favorite Net Neutraility Congressmen, Jay Inslee of Washington state, whose congressional district includes Redmond, WA.

I left a message for Jay's campaign manager at 206.533.0575 regarding this MyDD post, and have also promised to let 'my social network' know about any donations that Jay might make to other candidates -- particularly the outstanding candidate Peter Goldmark, who is running in E. Wa.  

(Rick Larsen, just north of Jay's district, has a tougher race on his hands.  But Jim McDermott, whose district includes the Adobe site in Fremont, as well as RealNetworks, always  seems to be reelected handily and his constituents should consider calling his campaign office about this item.)

Chris Bowers, this is a great idea -- good use of resources, and 'putting your $$ where your mouth is' is always a sound concept. Many thanks.

by readerOfTeaLeaves 2006-10-20 03:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Costello (IL-12) says he's contributed $250k so far and is contributing more as we speak to DCCC.

Jesse Jackson Jr (IL-2) and Danny Davis (IL-7) both didn't really say much besides "I'll pass the message on"

by Fran for Dean 2006-10-20 09:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Instead of sending that $250K to the Party, I wish Costello would've divided it between Dan Stover (IL-19) & the rest of the IL challengers (minus Duckworth).  None of them are getting much attention if any at all.  Stover, Pavich (IL-11), & Gill (IL-15) could all defeat their GOP incumbents with a fraction of the funds Duckworth's received.

by Philosophe Forum 2006-10-20 11:03AM | 0 recs

He can only give $2100 to a campaign directly (or $5000 from a leadership PAC); he can give unlimited funds to the D-Trip.

by Adam B 2006-10-20 11:09AM | 0 recs
Re: bzzzt!

Actually, I think candidates' committees can only give $2000, not $2100.  

I just learned that today at iblimits.jpg

Look at the very last footnote

But I do agree with the above poster that they should be giving directly to IL candidates.

by Fran for Dean 2006-10-20 11:13AM | 0 recs
Re: bzzzt!

Duckworth INCLUDED, not excluded

by Fran for Dean 2006-10-20 11:14AM | 0 recs

She's already sucked the life out of many campaigns through the country.  The only way she wins is with the Chicago votes.  She's too hated in DuPage so she has no chance of carrying it.

It'll be slim & may need a recount, but the seat's Roskam's.  Shades of the 5th Appellate in 2004.

by Philosophe Forum 2006-10-23 03:55PM | 0 recs
My bad.


by Adam B 2006-10-20 11:16AM | 0 recs

They can give $2K max at ONE time.  With a little fore-thought, Costello could've acted like a real Party supporter & provided that much several times throughout the past months.

Shimkus (IL-19) has given Roskam (IL-06) $10K for his fight against Duckworth.

by Philosophe Forum 2006-10-23 03:49PM | 0 recs
Please take Rep. Blumenauer (OR-3) off the list

I just got off the phone with Earl Blumenauer's campaign manager (I'm a constituent of Earl's and a Democratic volunteer in other local races). He assured me that Earl has given away over $700,000 this year to other races and candidates. He is now making calls to other members urging them to give more.

In the last week, we've had Pelosi and Dean through here, and they have both praised Earl. I really think he's doing his part. I think folks' time would be better spent calling other members.

GREAT campaign -- please, folks elsewhere, keep it up!

by Oregon Bear 2006-10-20 09:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Please take Rep. Blumenauer (OR-3) off the lis

I agree.  I manage a State Rep. race to which Blumenauer has given $1000.  He has also appeared at a fundraiser.  There are a number of other Oregon candidates who can say the same.  Earl is really doing nothing but working his butt off to get Democrats elected right now.

by Patton 2006-10-20 02:50PM | 0 recs
By Coincidence

I just got an email from Congressman Russ Carnahan in the St. Louis area asking for $200 to pay canvassers.  My response:

Please forward this request to Cong. Carnahan,

Dear Congressman Carnahan,

    Democrats this year have an opportunity to pick up a lot of House seats.  In fact, about 70 seats are genuinely in play.  November 7 is a huge, perhaps once in a lifetime, opportunity for Democrats.  Since you are facing only token opposition and have over $200,000 cash on hand, I am asking you to please give 30% of it to Democratic challengers in $5,000 contributions, such as to Larry Kissell, NC-08, or Gary Trauner, WY-AL.  Please do this and do it soon, when it can help a lot.  I have been giving all I can afford to give to challengers such as these and I am asking you to do the same.  And, if you do, I promise I will gladly respond to your future needs.

    Thank you.

by Arthurkc 2006-10-20 09:59AM | 0 recs
Re: By Coincidence

good letter!

by Fran for Dean 2006-10-20 10:06AM | 0 recs
I think you should ratchet this up a notch...

Why don't you demand that they give you their donor lists? Then call the donors and "demand" that they donate 30% of their wealth? This is, after all, a once-in-a-generation opportunity. This is a very effective way to generate allies in the party.

by NCDem 2006-10-20 10:13AM | 0 recs
Re: I think you should ratchet this up a notch...

I think the distinction is analagous to the difference between demanding that professional atheletes give 100% effort to win and demanding that fans give 100% of their income to supporting the team.

Donors are not party officials.

by space 2006-10-20 11:35AM | 0 recs
And yet...

where did that money come from? Could it be donors?  Seriously, don't you think this would be a good fundraising letter?

"Dear supporter,

Please donate money. Be assured that it will go to good use. You may think that I'm too stupid to know how to use it, but don't worry. I'll take it from you, give it to my staff to deposit (after they take their share), have funding-genius Chris Bowers direct me to direct my staff to give it to the DCCC, who will then direct their staff to give it to Congressman X who will then direct his staff to pay for a media consultant who will direct her staff to pay for already-saturated media ad-buys in the last 2 weeks of next year's election. Please be rest-assured that 10% of your donation is probably maybe hopefully doing something for a Democrat somewhere."

by NCDem 2006-10-20 11:53AM | 0 recs
Re: And yet...

Better yet:

Dear Donor,

Thank you for contributing to my campaign (Such as it is.  As you know, I am running unopposed (4th straight election)).

I have found that there are two types of donors.  First, there are those who simply want to curry favor with me, as I am an elected official who holds power over their businesses, families, and lives.

Second, there are those who hold views similar to mine and want me to favor legislation and policies that they support.

Rest assured that whichever type of donor you are, I will be putting your money to little use.  Sure, I could take that $1000 donation and use it to curry favor with legislators in competitive districts.  Thereby compounding the value of your donation and making me more appreciative of your gift.

Alternatively, I could take that $1000 donation and use it to support progressives, like you and I, who are challenging the GOP power structure.  As I am in constant contact with party leaders, I can swiftly put that money to use where it is needed most urgently to further our progressive goals.

But, again, I WILL NOT DO THAT.  I will stick that money in the bank where it is getting upwards of 5%(!) interest.  Soon that $1000 will be $1050.


Random Democratic Congressman


by space 2006-10-20 12:27PM | 0 recs

That's a good one.

by NCDem 2006-10-20 01:03PM | 0 recs
I troll rated your next post

And gave this piece of crap a 1.  If you want to have a serious discussion, ok.  If you want to do snark, ok. But when you piss on a guy who has been working 7 days a week for months to win, it's time to shut you up. Bowers has been busting his ass to win this one for all of us. Your petty whining about him has no place here.

PS I'm going up to Carborro in a few minutes. I'm in NC too and I support Larry Kissell even though he's not in my district.  You could too.


by FishOutofWater 2006-10-20 12:24PM | 0 recs
Re: I troll rated your next post

From the F.A.Q. "Users who have a mojo greater than a certain minimum and who have posted a sufficient number of comments are considered "trusted" users, and have the added capability to hide offensive comments that are personal attacks."

Dear newly-knighted... Again... as a mojo atheist, I don't care what you "rate" me... but please don't hide my comments unless I do something as suggested in the F.A.Q. I would hazard to guess that half of the people on this site are T.U.'s... most of us get over it sooner.

I shall rate you a 3 because again... it's opposite day.

So Please rate me very... as low as you will and I will consider it a compliment on "opposite day" but please don't tell me what you rated me. I can already see. It's cluttersome, cumbersome, and tiresome all at the same time.

by NCDem 2006-10-20 12:30PM | 0 recs
I was doing you a favor

Your post was not helping your cause. Consider me a nobody around here. My wife and I just give money to dem candidates and put in a few good words for them.

I repeat that Chris Bowers has been doing an amazing job. Thanks for your hard work, Chris.

by FishOutofWater 2006-10-20 12:44PM | 0 recs
Re: I was doing you a favor

Please don't be the sole judge of that. I do. Good for you. I agree. Yeah, thanks.

by NCDem 2006-10-20 12:47PM | 0 recs

I don't live in NC any more. I took the name "NCDem" just before the "Anonymous Hero" option was removed from the site, and before scoop.

by NCDem 2006-10-20 12:51PM | 0 recs
Re: I think you should ratchet this up a notch...

With all due respect, some of us past donors fill out the legally required info, so we're on Public Disclosure lists already.  

I'd just like to say that while I appreciate your enthusiasm, it might quite easily backfire if those of us who have donated our paltry sums get too many 'asks' from candidates we don't know.  Frankly, I'd be seriously irritated if my name was handed around any more than it already is (!).

by readerOfTeaLeaves 2006-10-20 02:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Just got off the phone with Adam Schiff's office (CA-29). The aide was very pleasant and said that Schiff was putting out money to the top 40 races every week (60K this week) and would continue to do so. She didn't commit to a specific number,  but seemed receptive enough that I didn't want to push too hard. If there are any other CA-29 readers out there, get on the phone, as I got the feeling that the more people call, the more money will get sent out.

by AndyG 2006-10-20 10:15AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It
Good work. When I do another update, I'll include the $60K in the pledge column.
by Chris Bowers 2006-10-20 10:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

I called Schiff too, although living in Wisconsin, having contributed to his campaign against the odious incumbent Jim Rogan in 2000. No answer in California, so I left a message and called Washington. Talked to an aide there, but she couldn't get into campaign issues and referred me back to California.

Just a rank-and-filer I said, but one who recognized fascism on the march in 2000 and sent money I didn't have to help stem the onslaught and that Adam Schiff can do the same now with $1.4M in the bank and token opposition.

by MikeB 2006-10-20 01:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Where's PA-13?
I think Allison Schwartz is sitting a lot of money.
She's got token opposition from the emanently laughable Raj Peter Bahtka, who has less than 10k
COH right now.
by phillydem 2006-10-20 10:17AM | 0 recs
Funny you should mention that
The Latest News on her campaign's site now is:
9/14/2006 - Roll Call: NRCC, DCCC Plead for More Campaign Cash  
9/14/2006 - The Hill: Pay up now, DCCC tells its holdouts  

She has hosted a number of fundraisers for the local congressional candidates, including the Hillary one last week, but why not call 215-881-9202?
by Adam B 2006-10-20 11:12AM | 0 recs
yeah, called Schiff's office

spoke with patricia. she said she's gotten other calls. heh. I had a similar experience. she was very pleasant and clearly well-informed and I like that they see the big picture, ie are sending money out to the top 40 emerging races. but she still didn't really address why he still has more than 1 million on hand. and the $60,000 was from a PAC he formed, which he's actually raising money for. I asked if he was holding onto money for some reason, for himself, and she sort of danced around it. keep up the pressure, people.

by Todd Beeton 2006-10-20 10:20AM | 0 recs
Re: yeah, called Schiff's office

why would Schiff need a million dollars in the bank? Can he transfer it to a non-federal account to run for a City, County or State office?

I have met him a couple times and although I don't live in his district (I'm in Xavier  Becerra's CA-30) I volunteered and precinct walked for him in 2000 against Rogan.

I'll call on Monday.

by MadProfessah 2006-10-21 12:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Rewarding good behavior:  Can we organize a use-it-or-lose-it list for the campaigns that play ball?  We could tell them we'll do a fundraiser after the holidays to help them earn back some of the money their putting out.

Then we can couch it more in terms of a short term loan (though not literally) that the netroots will work to payback in January.

by lutton 2006-10-20 10:43AM | 0 recs
I wish Iowa had a safe Dem incumbent!

I'd love to participate in this call to action if we did.

Maybe in a cycle or two we will be there in IA-01 or IA-02, if we can pick up one of those districts. Boswell's always going to draw a serious challenger in IA-03.

by desmoinesdem 2006-10-20 10:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

I just posted this 0/20/124430/84 at Kos.  Here is the gist:

I'm going to see Byron Dorgan tonight, as he does his book tour.  He has over 600k cash on hand, according to open secrets, and he is not up for reelection for another 4 years.

There will be a brief Q+A, and assuming I push enough little old ladies out of the way, I plan on saying something like:

"Senator Dorgan, thank you so much for coming here tonight, I hope you're enjoying your book tour.  I would like to ask you a question unrelated to the book, it's a bit inside baseball, so please bare with me.  We have a great opportunity to pick up a lot of seats in the House and Sentate this year, myself and a lot of friends and family have donated a lot of time and money.  We've given til it hurts.  However, Democratic leaders are sitting on large warchests.  Unopposed House Democrats are sitting on over 20 million, nominally opposed House Dems are sitting on another 20 million.  Your colleagues in the senate are sitting on gobs of money, particularly people like Senators Kerry and Clinton.  According to your most recent filing, you have a significant amount of money saved up, as well.  You and your colleagues can donate that money to party committees without restriction.  I understand the need to save some cash for future races, and to help your own state party.  My two part question is:
Will you be donating some portion of your cash on hand to the national democratic party committees over the next week?  And will you encourage your colleagues in the house and senate to do so?"

I think that is relatively short and to the point, and is gentle enough.  Thoughts and suggestions are welcome.

by dansomone 2006-10-20 11:07AM | 0 recs
Giving to candidates vs. giving to DCCC

If I am right a candidate committee (i.e. incumbent Dem Representatives) can only transfer $5000 to another candidate.  If that is right then giving away 30% of their funds would mean $5000 donations to X many candidates.  

I doubt that each member knows who more than 10 of them are.  If we want the money to go directly to them then we need to have a list of the 60 races or so that are in contention, separated by tiers so they know who to give money to.  

Otherwise the money is going to the DCCC, but  even they need to know who we think the 2nd and 3rd tier races are.    

In either case we need some list of emerging challengers for either the Dem representatives or the folks at the DCCC.

by debcoop 2006-10-20 11:21AM | 0 recs
Finance Laws

A candidate's committee can transfer $2000 to any other candidate.  In addition, they can make unlimited transfers to committees like the DCCC.

by Fran for Dean 2006-10-20 11:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

This is really impressive. I'm sort of taken aback, actually.....

by Joe Gabriel 2006-10-20 11:21AM | 0 recs
Called Harman's office

The aide was polite, asked for my name and address but didn't offer any push back. I ended my call by expressing my interest in watching what action, if any, she takes.

by teedub 2006-10-20 11:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Apparently, Blue Jersey is doing something almost identical.  Rush Holt personally left a note on their site.  Some of the numbers you have on him are not accurate, but he is 100% behind the effort and has actually already given well over $100,000. iaryId=2900

by NJIndependent 2006-10-20 11:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

The table on BlueJersey listing DCCC contributions does not include members' dues.

by Fran for Dean 2006-10-20 11:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

I called all 5 congressmen in NJ. Congressman Holt's Office seemed to get it. The others said would pass the information along.  All said they heard from others.  I hope this works.

by HCLiberal 2006-10-20 11:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Is there a similar Senate list?  Considering half the Democratic Caucus in the Senate wants to run for president I think we could put some real pressure on them too.

by ditka 2006-10-20 11:50AM | 0 recs
Damn, I'm good!

On Wednesdsay, after seeing Bowers' first post on this, I e-mailed my Rep, John Lewis. (Yes, after being represented by one hack after another all my life, I finally have a Congressman to be proud of.) According to Bowers' list, Lewis had $250K in the bank, and basically has a seat for life.

Well, today lookee here: It turns out he's stroked a check for $50k to D-Trip, and this afternoon hosted Clinton, Pelosi, Hoyer, et al for a big fundraiser in ATL. Story's not in the press yet, but will be on (registration req.) eventually.

All that from one little e-mail!

by ATL Dem 2006-10-20 12:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Damn, I'm good!

Just kidding of course on taking credit.

by ATL Dem 2006-10-20 12:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Damn, I'm good!

Story now at ATL Journal-Constitution site (reg req).

National Democratic leaders staged a pep rally Friday in one of the most Republican-leaning states in the country: Georgia.

Former President Clinton, Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi and an array of other leaders from Georgia and elsewhere gathered at the Cascade-area home of Rep. John Lewis for the lunchtime fund raiser, which generated close to $400,000 for Democratic House candidates.

Clinton said the "wheels have come off" for Republicans in Washington, and urged Democrats to go on the offensive. Replying to those who would label Democrats extremists, he said it is the GOP-dominated White House and congressional leadership that in the past six year have come under the "control of the most right-wing, ideological sliver of the Republican Party."

He said Democratic candidates, by contrast, cover a wide array of political views.

Pelosi, who stands to become speaker of the House if Democrats take over that chamber in November, told the crowd, "We're ready to fight, we're ready to govern and we're determined to make you proud."

Among the big givers was Lewis, who has no opposition this fall. He committed $50,000, bringing the total he has donated to $250,000.

by ATL Dem 2006-10-20 12:05PM | 0 recs
Great idea Chris!!


Thanks for putting this idea on the table.

To EVERYONE that's putting efforts forth on this campaign, Thank You!

Time for the weekend to begin now and since I'm doing an equipment swapout tomorrow it'll be Monday before I get to check back so I'd just say "Keep up the good work".

by Dem4Six 2006-10-20 12:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Still no word from Richard Neal in MA, which is typical.  He's never responded to a question I've sent him.

by Karatist Preacher 2006-10-20 12:17PM | 0 recs
Don't "send him a question"

Call them on the phone.  Emails get ignored.  A phone call to a live person gets answers.

by Adam B 2006-10-20 12:34PM | 0 recs
All's I'm sayin'

As a donor, would you not be hesitant to donate money again to a candidate if you heard on the news that some amorphous "blog" was "demanding" that your candidate-of-choice give "all" (now it's an arbitrary 30%) of his money (that he bled from YOU) to the DCCC in Washington? And your congressman actually did it? Because that's how it is being (and is going to be) spun here. ("This is really working, and it is only going to get bigger!" says Chris).  This is going to turn into a navelgazing blog-fest, where "we" pat ourselves on the back about how wonderful "we" are and how effective "we" are and how stupid "they" are and how horrible "those people" who didn't do what "we" said are... The whole premise about how this thing started, with Kos and Bowers dragging  congresspeople through the mud for having money... and then two days we're supposed to ask those very people "pretty-pretty-please, can we have that?" This "campaign" was piss-poorly planned, and the premise (a.k.a. the posts preceeding the "asking") is just gross.  I would personally feel very dirty  going "YEAH! THAT'S DISPICABLE THAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE MONEY! HEARTLESS! SELFISH! NOT A TEAM PLAYER!!!" and then saying, "uh... Congressman so-and-so? I hate to be a bother, but will you kindly give 150,000 dollars to the DCCC? Thank you very much."

by NCDem 2006-10-20 12:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Maloney's representative stated she's given $30,000 of her campaign money to the DCCC. Not at all close to 30% but it's a start.

by Bromius 2006-10-20 12:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Call To Action: Use It Or Lose It

Left a message with Howard Berman.
If you want to know who's giving and how much te.exe?DoFn=&sYR=2006
is really useful. for instance I could find out that Berman had given to steve filson (a candidate in the primary) but hadn't given to jerry mcnerney the dem nominee, and thus had a specific and californian candidate to encourage supporting as well as the DCCC etc.

Speaking of which:
Does anyone know if this is true (if so why?) or a typo? Did Rep Becerra actually give 25k to the NRCC last year? e?DoFn=H2CA3014306

by jujube 2006-10-20 12:44PM | 0 recs
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I just called Jesse Jackson Jr (IL-2) and Danny Davis (IL-7) talked a little about the election.   I feel like they are getting a lot of calls and can not decide what to make of it!!!

by KevinB 2006-10-20 12:51PM | 0 recs
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Carolyn Maloney has donated more than $250,000 to the DCCC directly, plus thousands more to candidates around the country.  Given that she started this election year with something around $500 or $600k in the bank, while representing the East Side of Manhattan (wealthiest district in the country, just about, home to the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Donald Trump, and Ronald Perelman, where a multimillionaire Republican, like the one she unseated, could easily pop in to give her a serious challenge), it seems like she has given more than 30%, depending on how you slice it.

by GothamGuy 2006-10-20 12:57PM | 0 recs
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Thanks guys, I'll be on the phone first thing Monday.

by Karatist Preacher 2006-10-20 01:30PM | 0 recs
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Several Pittsburgh Blogs, including my own (Fester's Place) have started an online activism push to contact Congressman Mike Doyle (PA-14) who only has a Green Party opponent and 280K COH.  I left a message yesterday afternoon.

Congressman Doyle was nice enough to give me a call back this afternoon and we spoke for a couple of minutes.  He stated that he is still sending cash into DCCC, and more importantly he is working his phone and his donor roll to the breaking point for Jason Altmire and a couple of other PA federal candidates.  I have done a little bit of confirming since the conversation, and these statements seem to be checking out.  

So Mike Doyle deserves some props... but keep the pressure up.  

by fester 2006-10-20 01:48PM | 0 recs
Norm Dicks in WA (and Darcy Burner)

Hey all, I just spoke with Norm Dicks campaign office, I live in his district. The guy who answered the phone (Jaime? Hope I get his name right) said that Norm Dicks top two priorities were electing Darcy Burner and re-electing Maria Cantwell. He said that he has been campaigning with Darcy Burner and Senator Cantwell non-stop. He also said that he has raised a ton of money for them, and that his hold a fundraiser for the DCCC soon (didn't get when) but I passed on the request for a 30% contribution from his warchest to support in-play Dems.

He said that I was not the first call he received (and I told him I doubted I'd be the last) and I said, Hey, please pass the message to the Congressman. He asked where the campaign originated, and I told him MyDD (and also that it had been joined by Kos) and he said "a-ha..."

So, we'll se what happens. Any other Washingtonians called Dicks? Curious how it went. I asked that they give till it hurts, and let him know that I'd be going to Darcy Burner's district to walk precincts and phone bank.

by Trammell 2006-10-20 01:59PM | 0 recs
Use It Or Lose It


Perhaps one way of jump-starting this campaign is to find a single Congressperson who is willing to devote a significant chunk of their cash on hand to helping other Democrats, and then have that person challenge his fellow officeholders (in a very public way) to do the same.

by global yokel 2006-10-20 02:51PM | 0 recs
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I called Lloyd Doggett's campaign. First of all, the number on the Use It listing is incorrect - that's the number of Valinda Bolton's campaign, running for Texas House District 47. The correct number is 512-391-2343.

The Doggett campaign rep was polite, but non-committal. She credited him with already having made "substantial" contributions to other campaigns, and mentioned that Doggett is antipating being targeted in 2008. Of course she's correct on that.

by RideDMKT 2006-10-20 03:45PM | 0 recs
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Just curious why Nita Lowey (NY-18) isn't on the list. According to Open Secrets, she has $1.1 million cash on hand. And her opposition is definitely token. While she's already given $250K to the DCCC, she clearly has a lot more on hand.

by Take19 2006-10-20 05:35PM | 0 recs
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I also wondered about names that are missing from the list. I live in the Bay Area, and Nancy Pelosi, Barabara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Pete Stark, Lynn Woolsey, George Miller, Tom Lantos and Mike Honda should all be on that list, IMO. I wonder if the arbitrary use of $10,000 in funds raised by opponents is what led to their omission. If so, perhaps there should be some other benchmark.  Pelosi and Lee, in particular, both routinely win with nearly 85% of the vote — and the others are almost always over 70%.  I mean, they would have to have an incredibly well-qualified, charismatic RINO with millions of dollars to actually be challenged. Really, according to the formula, they could be facing some guy with $11,000 and be exempted from this call to action.

by JDinCA 2006-10-20 11:02PM | 0 recs
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I just e-mailed Anthony Weiner a NYC rep from Brooklyn. Of course I got back a standard form letter which I will follow up with a call to his Queens office on Monday. Next is that genuine NY character Gary Ackerman.

by lancearoo 2006-10-20 06:07PM | 0 recs
Wondering about

Tim Holden, PA17, representing Dauphin and Schuylkill counties of Pennsylvania in Congress. His district is majority Republican, but his poorly polling opponent announced a couple of weeks ago that he's given up active campaigning. In 2004, he got 59% against Joe Paterno's son.

I don't know how much money Holt has and what he's done with it, but I imagine he raised quite a bit in case the PA GOP got its act together, which it hasn't.

by joyful alternative 2006-10-21 06:38AM | 0 recs
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FYI: Just contacted the MD 7th District's Rep Elijah Cummings office...they was aware of the effort to get ultra-safe Congressmen to give back this election -- sounds like they are getting calls...

She noted the request and directed me to email the Representative's campaign email, which I just did...

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