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Online Organizing


PoliticsThere is a big difference between the GOP effort online and the Democrats online. In 2004, we organized a national house-to-house day. We had people get a walk list of their neighbors and go door-to-door through their streets and towns to spread the message.

The Democrats kept asking for money.

Not much has changed, it seems. The Democrats want to blanket America with door hangers, but rather than asking their online supporters to take part, they’re just asking for a check. The most recent e-mail from the DNC wants your wallet:

We estimate that we need to print 500,000 pieces of literature to cover these events. With the cost of printing, plus the cost of shipping, staff time and logistics to make these events happen, we need an investment of $107,000 by Monday in order to kick-start this program.

They have the money (barely) to cover the door hangers, but time after time, electoral performance indicates the one thing they don’t have is the manpower to deliver results. They would be better off signing people up to help, rather than issuing another pathetic plea for cash. Apparently we have to wait until next week to hear how we might be able to help other than by credit card or check.

When your being outplayed on the ground, why beg for money in every single e-mail you send? They proved in 2004 that more money doesn’t equate to winning.

It’s also kind of telling that Howard Dean wants to be called governor and doctor, but isn’t identified as the Chairman of the DNC. I guess he thinks leading his party is beneath his other titles.

Full text of the e-mail after the jump.


Dear Friend,

Never before has our party been more organized in advance of an election. With new staff hitting the ground everywhere from Alaska to Arkansas, we are going to fight for every vote in every corner of every state in 2006.

Right now we’re preparing for the next big step in our 50-state strategy. On April 29th, thousands of volunteers will recruit hundreds of thousands more Americans committed to changing the status quo this year.

We’re going to do it by making personal contact with our neighbors. April 29th will be the Democratic Party’s first-ever National Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day. We’re going to test our organization and build new relationships among volunteers with door-knocking events in communities across America.

We estimate that we need to print 500,000 pieces of literature to cover these events. With the cost of printing, plus the cost of shipping, staff time and logistics to make these events happen, we need an investment of $107,000 by Monday in order to kick-start this program.

Can you contribute something right now to help make this unprecedented program a reality? Click here to see the literature up close and make your donation:

http://www.democrats.org/doorhanger

All the signs point to this being a big election year for Democrats. But if we want to win in November, we’ve got to fight now to reach every community and build a solid operation before Election Day.

Volunteers knocking on doors on April 29th will carry a simple piece of literature. It summarizes the Democratic vision and offers an opportunity to make a connection and be a part of the movement for change.

Whether people receive the literature in person or on their doorknob, they will be able to plug into their local volunteer network, which will be crucial to building our organization now and turning out the vote in November.

On one day in April we can deliver a clear Democratic vision and offer people an opportunity to help make it a reality. Will you donate to help pull it off?

http://www.democrats.org/doorhanger

Next week you’ll learn more about how to make the national Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day a reality on the ground in your community.

Headquarters staff and state parties are working around the clock to provide staging areas in key neighborhoods and the basic training materials to make the canvass as effective as possible.

It’s up to you to execute this ambitious and historic operation.

It will only take 2,200 people donating $50 to fund this program. Please contribute whatever you can to help get this literature printed and distributed to the states:

http://www.democrats.org/doorhanger

Two-thirds of Americans reject this president and the Republican leadership — and they are waiting to hear from us.

We have a big task in November. We will only win if every one of us takes responsibility for the outcome of the election now — while there is still time to build our operation. We are all members of one American community and it’s up to us to make sure that our country has a government as good as its people.

Thank you for being a part of this unprecedented organizing drive.

Governor Howard Dean, M.D.



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Written by Michael Turk