For You Sports Fans Out There

by: Adam Bink

Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 18:49


On Saturday night, I helped throw a party to raise some coin for the No On 1 campaign in Maine. Just before Joe Sudbay spoke about the importance of the campaign, I was chatting with a friend about the speech. Something she mentioned that really got to me. She pointed out how 30 states have had votes on marriage equality since 1998. The right-wing has won all 30 of them. With the exception of our side winning a 2006 vote in Arizona (which we lost two years later), the haters are batting have won every single one. All thirty. Batting 1.000. A perfect streak.

That, she said, was just as critical as Obama at the HRC dinner talking about his plans to sign a federal hate crimes bill, or hope to repeal DOMA. Funders fund success, and nothing says success like a perfect record on marriage initiatives. Winning breeds more funding and excitement among the base, which breeds more success.

We have to break this streak.

I'm telling you all this because October 15th is the final stretch in Maine. It is both the first day voters can vote in-person as well as the final campaign finance deadline. Thanks to you, I'll be arriving the evening before to cover part of the final stretch.

Like any campaign, or family, No On 1 relies on a budget, and needs to know how much it will take in before doing final field organizer hiring, buying ad spots, and so forth. We can see how much the other side has raised, which is important. And a less-than-expected showing for us also can get right-wingers to dump more in, spotting a chance at victory. That, along with early voting starting, makes October 15th the second-most critical day of the campaign.

If you are going to give at all during this campaign, I urge you to give now. Like campaign manager and straight ally Jesse Connolly wrote here at OpenLeft, Maine is a cheap date state. Their finance director sent me a list of costs- you wouldn't believe it. We raised $1,300 on Saturday night, enough to buy 100 yard signs, 70 cell phones for volunteers to talk to voters, produce a radio ad, and pay a field organizer for an entire WEEK. It's a bargain.

Your contribution of $24 can buy 20 yard signs. Your $36 can fund field supplies for one entire canvass. $125 can buy all of that AND twenty $3/day cell phones for volunteers to call voters. You can help break the streak.

We're at $1.07 million now on ActBlue. If we can get to $1.1 million on ActBlue by October 15th at 11:59 PM, the campaign will have what it needs to get the job done.

If we don't ante up here, the haters will get all the funding they need to go into other states where we are poised to win legislatively, and file ballot initiatives. We will find ourselves being asked to put resources into more states and be spread thin. This 30/30 streak has to stop, and it has to stop in Maine.

Please give as generously as you can on the OpenLeft/Better Dems page, and thanks for doing so.

Adam Bink :: For You Sports Fans Out There

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Thanks for going up there and pounding the pavement. An ActBlue contribution is the least I can do while sitting around here in CA seething about prop 8.

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No on 1 also has a good operation going in terms of getting people both in and out of state to phone bank and encourage likely no voters to get out and vote early.  I did it on Sunday, which, along with Thursday and Tuesday, are the best nights to reach people at home and let them know about their options and encourage people who might sit it out (it being a non-candidate-laden election year) to vote.  I encountered a number of voters confused about whether to vote yes or no in order to support marriage equality, and a number who did not have their information straight about voting early.  Not totally surprising, but the point is, there are lots of ways to contribute:

http://action.protectmaineequa...

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On Saturday night, I helped throw a party to raise some coin for the No On 1 campaign in Maine. Just before Joe Sudbay spoke about the importance of the campaign, I was chatting with a friend about the speech. Something she mentioned that really got to me. She pointed out how 30 states have had votes on marriage equality since 1998. The right-wing has won all 30 of them. With the exception of our side winning a 2006 vote in Arizona (which we lost two years later), the haters are batting have won every single one. All thirty. Batting 1.000. A perfect streak.

This is EXACTlY why throughout the last decade, promoting same-sex marriage through court fights was such a counterproductive strategy and something that has been pointed out repeatedly.  Things have changed now - and I won't pretend that that counterproductive strategy didn't have a role in doing so - but I wish the policy aims of mainstream LGBT groups had been a little less biased and a little more reflective of the diversity of ethnic, class, and other backgrounds that make up the LGBT movement.  It was as infuriating as the DLC.


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