Open Left venting can result in real change! ($20,000 of change!)

by: AdamGreen

Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 13:20

Score one for random venting on Open Left!

Recently, I critiqued the DSCC's "petition" asking Norm Coleman to get out -- saying there was no "theory of change" about why people taking that action would have any impact.

To be constructive, I gave a free piece of advice to the DSCC on how to organize people strategically: ask people to give $1/day until Norm goes away. If Republicans in DC saw the DSCC's warchest growing by the day, their incentives would reverse -- instead of telling Norm to keep going, they'd tell him to get lost.

The DSCC didn't take that advice. But Howard Dean's Democracy for America was all about it, and partnered with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (which I co-founded) to make it happen at Instead of raising money to help generic Democrats, we're raising it to support bold progressives in 2010.

Since Saturday, over $20,000 has been raised -- prompting news coverage in the New York Times, ABC, Politico, Huffington Post, and great support at Digby's blog, MyDD, CrooksandLiars, FDL, Senate Guru, The Seminal, The MN Progressive Project, and others blogs.

Here are some of the (truly appreciated) comments, rounded up from Huffington Post and MyDD:

A beautiful campaign. I usually don't start to donate until election season starts, but with this I'll definitely donate. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Now this is a constructive campaign program! My buck's in the mail.

I like this campaign so much that I'm in for two dollars a day.

From $5000 to over $7500 in one hour. Love it. The first time I donated again since the elections.

Up to $12,000. Wonderful pace, people. Tell your friends! This will work... send Coleman's financial backers a message they will understand.

Done! Told all my friends, family and acquaintances. This is a delicious way to counteract the deplorable legal foot dragging.

I just donated. Take note haters...this is how it's ridiculous hats with teabags hanging off...just smart thinking and smart planning.

Got some spare change in your pocket? If so, you can add to the momentum by clicking here. Then, tell some friends.

Full PCCC email this Saturday announcing the campaign is below the fold.

AdamGreen :: Open Left venting can result in real change! ($20,000 of change!)

Republicans in DC know Al Franken won. 

But they are bankrolling Norm Coleman's continued court challenges in Minnesota and are encouraging him to drag this thing out forever. For them, it's worth it to keep shelling out money to block the seating of Senator Franken.

Put simply, the incentives are all wrong. So let's set the incentives right.
Today, we're teaming up with Howard Dean's Democracy for America to launch the "Dollar a Day to Make Norm Go Away" campaign.

We're asking people across the country to donate $1 to help progressives defeat Republicans in 2010 for every day that Norm Coleman refuses to concede.

Click here to sign up at!

Donations will go to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee -- our new group (formed by former and labor organizers, Democratic campaigners, and the co-inventor of RSS & Reddit) to help bold progressive candidates run effective campaigns and win.

You can choose to limit the number of weeks you donate, in case you worry Norm is completely delusional. :)

Think about how this Dollar A Day will change the game. If thousands of people sign up, and Republicans up for re-election in 2010 see the progressives who are out to defeat them get an infusion of donations each day that Coleman is obstinate, what do you think will happen?

First, they may be in denial. But after a couple days, and as more and more progressives encourage their friends to hop on board, you'll have Republican Senators, House members, strategists, lobbyists, and funders all calling Coleman saying, "Your time is up. Concede!"

Rep. Tom Perriello, the progressive Virginia Democrat who won an upset victory in 2008 over right-wing bigot Rep. Virgil Goode, said that if the PCCC had been around in 2008 more progressives like him would have been elected.

We need Al Franken -- and more bold progressives like Al Franken -- in Congress.

You can help achieve both goals today. Click here to join our "A Dollar a Day to Make Norm Go Away" campaign.

Then, please tell your friends. Thanks for being a bold progressive.
--Adam, Stephanie, Aaron, Michael, and Mudcat

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And The Typically Lame GOP Response, Dutifully Transcribed By The SCLM (4.00 / 2)
From the STrib:

A Coleman spokesman told the New York Times Sunday the dollar campaign could be used by Franken for paying back taxes he owed in several states."

to which one commentator replied:

Bob...if you're going to be a reporter, learn to check your facts...

"A Coleman spokesman told the New York Times Sunday the dollar campaign could be used by Franken for paying back taxes he owed in several states." If you bothered to check your facts, rather than just spewing the typical Republican propaganda, you would know that Senator Franken has paid all his taxes, and there was a mixup in the amount charged in the various states...but when he found out about this, he did pay all his taxes. When will this supposed newspaper stop being a shill for the Republican party? It's just disgusting! Maybe they should send all of you to a seminar on balanced reporting...what a delight that would be!
posted by selbro56 on Apr. 20, 09 at 11:24 AM |

"You know what they say -- those of us who fail history... doomed to repeat it in summer school." -- Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Season 6, Episode 3

Excellent! We need more of this! (4.00 / 3)
A while back, I estimated what it would cost for Democratic-leaning voters to out-fund total sources of funding for the 2004 presidential election. I think I estimated something like 20% of such voters, and the total came out to something like $20/month (every month).

That's not a lot, though if you add up comparable figures for 2 senators and 1 representative, you're starting to talk serious money for a lot of folks on tight budgets.

As I have mentioned elsewhere, including here at openleft, we really need a way to put the money in escrow, to be released if and when acceptable candidates appear. A voter/donator should have full discretion over how their funds are used, though they should not be able to renege on commitments to a such a progressive infrastructure that have already been made.

However, if we simultaneously get voters to pre-emptively fund good candidates, before they appear (or announce that they are seeking re-election, as the case may be), and also leverage the power of those funds by alerting constituents of incumbent Senators and Representatives who truly stink and should lose their jobs, I see such a 1-2 punch as making huge differences, especially after a few election cycles.

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I'm in for $2 a day (4.00 / 1)
but then again, I have a soft spot for DFA.

Join the Iowa progressive community at Bleeding Heartland.

How about adding a fun feature to the site? (4.00 / 1)
"Make Norm go away" reminds me of those traditional amusement park games, where you can throw balls to make a bikini beauty or a local prominent fall into a pool. A programmer familiar with Flash coding could easily create a game where you can throw virtual balls to dump a virtual Norm Coleman. This could be coupled with a contribution via PayPal or credit card, lets say three shots for a quarter. How about that?

This idea has teaching potential (0.00 / 0)
Well, a variation has real teaching potential. Instead of just Norm Coleman, you could have Norm Coleman's "buddies", such as GW Bush, Lieberman, etc. OK, I really have no idea whether these gents know each other personally. However, I do know that Bush, Lieberman, etc., can provide lots of "material".

So, instead of just Bush trying to avoid getting dunked, you have a Flash animation where Bush is uttering one of his Bushisms - and the only way to make him stop that particular one it to hit him with the virtual ball. (The Bushism could be written inside a cartoon bubble, with an option to turn on audio.)

Of course, Bush being Bush, it will take a long time before you run out of Bushisms.

I think the right way to do this, so that it serves as a teaching function and not just as a fundraiser, is to put up a factoid caption on the bottom of the animation, which contradicts the Bushism, or otherwise shows why it's not something we should appreciate.

BTW, three shots for a quarter seems a little low. Will that even cover your credit card charges? I think you want at least 12 shots (or whatever) for a dollar or two.

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