Right Wing Has Its Sights on MoveOn

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
~Mohandas Gandhi
Well, if the Mahatma is to be believed, we are in the third stage of the fight.
In a country ruled more through complacency than persuasion or coercion, MoveOn.org, the 3.3 million member progressive grass-roots group, continues to rattle the D.C. establishment by giving ordinary people the tools to get involved in politics.

MoveOn's ability to bundle small campaign contributions from tens of thousands of rank-and-file progressives and challenge candidates backed by the full weight of the American corporatocracy is causing Washington's traditional power brokers to lose some sleep. Last year -- a nonelection year -- MoveOn's PAC raised over $9 million from 125,000 donors who threw in less than 50 bucks each on average. It's expected to spend $25 million on candidates and independent ad buys in a full-press attack on the Republican Congress this cycle.

[..]Of course, emails and petitions only go so far. The other piece of the organization is MoveOn.org Political Action, one of the largest PACS in the country and fast becoming one of the Democratic Party's most important sources of funds. The PAC is the real threat to the corporatocracy because it offers progressive candidates an alternative to dialing up the usual circle of big-fish donors, lobbyists and trade associations for campaign dollars.

That independent source of cash -- a source that represented the interests of millions of ordinary progressives rather than the submissive DLC Democrats on K Street -- is what prompted the Republican Swiftboating last year. It began shortly after they raised an eye-opening $800,000 for West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd in just 48 hours. Tom Reynolds, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told RollCall that MoveOn "certainly [has] more money there than Howard Dean and the DNC." The campaign against MoveOn was an effort to frighten candidates away from accepting MoveOn's support. Read on...

That's the key. The netroots ARE working. MoveOn's efforts, like our Blue America campaign, is raising far more money for candidates that represent OUR values than the right wing thought we could. And that scares the Republican party.

So keep them scared. Check out our Blue America page and donate if you can to a key campaign.



Election Update

Keeping our eyes on the prize, let's look at the current standings on the mid-term election.

Slate: Max Blumenthal and Charles Franklin give their interpretations of polls in key states.

NPR: Has an interactive election map

These are the critical final days. As much as the Republican party appears to be imploding, if we really want to see a shift change to restore oversight and accountability, your work counts. We need to get out the vote and help progressive candidates. Your donation to Act Blue can help.

On a related note: here's an ad by candidate Patty Wetterling (D-MN 6) that says flat out what should happen to any Congressional leader who was involved in covering for Foley. Wetterling got involved in politics on a platform of child safety after her son Jacob was abducted at gunpoint in 1989. Neither Jacob or the abductor have ever been found.



Special Edition of Blue America: John Laesch vs. Dennis Hastert

John Laesch, who is one of our Blue America candidates and is running against Dennis Hastert is on FDL in a special appearance. Go on over and check him out. There's a new "Have you had Enough?" video posted and--he could really use your help--Act Blue



Doolittle doing little

The Nation

On Capitol Hill Thursday, about 60 citizens wearing "Got Paper?" t-shirts attended a packed hearing on H.R. 550, a bill introduced by Representative Rush Holt with 218 bipartisan co-sponsors that would require all electronic voting machines to produce a voter-verified paper record. This paper trail would be utilized for mandated manual audits that would increase the reliability of our democratic process.

"The last six years have brought us example after example of the problems caused by unverifiable voting machines," Holt said in a released statement. "There is legitimate cause for the current crisis in voter confidence, yet Congress has done nothing to make election results auditable."

[..]But opponents to the bill - such as Republican Representative John "My name says it all" Doolittle - pointed to a recent recount in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which showed problems with 10 percent of the paper receipts. Read on..

Right, John, because being able to verify a problem is far worse than just trusting in an easily hackable system, isn't it?

Lt. Col. Charlie Brown (USAF, Ret.) is challenging Doolittle for his seat as one of the "Fighting Dems". Show him some love if you can.



BLUE AMERICA — Steve Porter (PA-03)

Right now Jane and I are hosting Dr. Steven Porter over at Firedoglake. Dr. Porter, a former rock singer, now a scholarly professor with 18 books published (including a new one they're giving away, autographed), is running against another Republican rubber stamp, Phil English (PA-03). But what makes this race even more interesting is that accusations have been flying in northwest PA that Phil "family values" English, like Foley, has that uncontrollable yen for young men. Go over and join the discussion and the link above-- and, if you can, give Dr. Porter some help at our ActBlue page.

(Howie Klein)



BLUE AMERICA: Angie Paccione (CO-04)

Today's Blue America challenger is a state legislator from Colorado, Angie Paccione, a remarkable woman who you can meet over at FiredogLake today between 5:30 and 7:30 PM (EST). She's running against a KKK-backed incumbent who has been obsessed with her bigotry towards gays since she was first elected 4 years ago, You can contribute to Angie's campaign at our ActBlue Page and if you're one of the first 25 to do it today, you win an autographed copy of the new book by Judah Freed, "Global Sense" Here's Angie's newest TV ad:

(blogged by Howie Klein)



Blue America — Tony Trupiano (MI-11)

Tony is a great guy and now he's on FDL bring interviewed. I used to go on his talk show when I first started to get media inquiries and he knows the issues well. Donate to our Blue America page if you can because he's a real Progressive...

FDL:

Tony Trupiano joins us in the comments to chat about his candidacy for the MI-11. Please stop by and give him a warm FDL welcome. As always, please stay on topic in this Blue America thread — take any off-topic discussion to the prior thread — and, please, be polite to our guest. Welcome, Tony — any friend of Amato’s is a friend here at FDL. — CHS...read on



We still need to GOTV

We're going to need a lot of help..

Chris Bowers:

This should be obvious to anyone watching polls for this election, but I just wanted to point it out for the benefit of any Democrats who are in a position of decision-making power for this election. There is no way we can win this election unless we turn out Democrats at high levels...read on

He's got some good links and the numbers usually don't lie.

Christy has more great ideas :

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What Bush Bounce

Greg:

If President Bush ever did get a bounce in the polls from the fifth anniversary commemoration of Sept. 11, it has completely evaporated...read on

He also discusses the polls that FOX has been touting which tells us who might win the Congressional matchups and has some very different findings:

-- On Sept 15, an AP-Ipsos poll: Democrats 53%, Republicans 39%

-- On Sept. 14, a Pew poll: Democrats 52%, Republicans 40%

-- On Sept. 14, a Wall Street Journal poll: Democrats 48%, Republicans 39%

-- On Sept. 13, an ABC poll: Democrats 50%, Republicans 42%

You can help out our Blue America candidates here. And make sure you register to vote...



John Hall Wins!

He's a smart guy who the knows the issues like the back of his hand. He impressed me big time as soon as I spoke with him a few months back so I'm glad to see that our Blue America candidate won...He'll be doing an online chat that I'll post about later.

After winning the primary by a wide margin, Hall will now take on GOP incumbent Sue Kelly. The district includes parts of Westchester, Putnam and Orange counties. Hall is running on an antiwar and pro-environmental platform, and received support on the campaign trail from Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Earle, among others. Kelly is known as a moderate Republican on most issues, and the district has favored the GOP in the past.




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