Time to raise money for other good progressive challengers
by desmoinesdem, Sat Oct 18, 2008 at 03:40:04 PM EDT
It's fantastic that the netroots got behind Democratic Congressional candidate Elwyn Tinklenberg last night after Michelle Bachmann disgraced herself on Hardball. An astounding $488,000 has been raised for Tinklenberg's campaign during the last 24 hours. That's more than enough for him to run an aggressive paid media and GOTV effort during the next 16 days in Minnesota's sixth district.
I'll have more to say on this subject tomorrow, but this is a quick hit to urge you to start directing your resources toward other progressive candidates. There are other Republican incumbents who are terrible and offensive, like Bachmann.
We have a great opportunity to take advantage of the coming Democratic wave. This post at Swing State Project notes that seats once thought safe for Republicans are becoming competitive across the country.
Your money will have more impact now if you donate to good candidates who are not getting a huge influx of cash from the DCCC or other outside groups.
Yesterday at Bleeding Heartland, I made the case for helping Rob Hubler get his message out in Iowa's fifth district, where he faces Steve "ten worst" King. Hubler is a strong Democrat who supports the Responsible Plan for Iraq and spoke out against the FISA bill. Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold's Progressive Patriots Fund is supporting him.
Hubler has already been up on the radio with at least one ad, featuring former Congressman Berkley Bedell. The Hubler campaign has also produced this voter guide (pdf file) to mail district-wide. To reach more voters through direct mail and broadcast media, the campaign needs your help. Please donate to Hubler today, or to some other strong progressive challenger's campaign. Pouring more money into MN-06 now is not likely to change that election outcome.