Help Blue America Award A $5,000 Check-- And Join Us For Lunch With Darcy Burner On Tuesday

We've had tremendous interest in our little Blue America contest that Crooks & Liars and our blogging partners at Firedoglake, Digby and DownWithTyranny started last Saturday. So far our $5,000 seed money has brought in close to $20,000 spread out between our 9 candidates. It's been a see saw battle between Annette Taddeo (D-FL), Russ Warner (D-CA) and Debbie Cook (D-CA), although both Dennis Shulman (D-NJ) and Sam Bennett (D-PA) have been moving up and are in striking distance. In terms of cash, Debbie Cook's campaign alone went over the $5,000 mark this morning! You can "vote" and follow the competition on our special Blue America Contest page.

A new twist, though: a generous donor has offered Blue America PAC another $1,250 for a second check-- kind of a runner up prize-- if we can raise enough money in the PAC to match it. So... please think about donating to the PAC as well. That way on Saturday we'll be awarding a $5,000 check to whomever gets the most votes and a $2,500 to whomever comes in second.

And for Crooks & Liars readers in southern California, we're having an intimate lunch with Darcy Burner (D-WA) this coming Tuesday at noon in Silverlake. If you'd like to join John Amato, Digby and myself in welcoming Darcy to Los Angeles, all the info is at DownWithTyranny.



Turn Up The Heat On Congress Over FISA

Run, don't walk...

Christy at FDL has all the pertinent numbers.

There has always been a tension between individual liberty and governmental power. National security issues are a natural fault line, given the difficulty of protecting the nation while simultaneously upholding the values of freedom and liberty. And politicians, bless their hearts, always try to find ways to consolidate their power while pretending to do so in the public interest -- and not their own and that of their cronies who benefit in some way from their decisions.

They miscalculated this time regarding how many people in America are paying attention to civil liberties concerns these days. And it is our job to make certain that they learn just how badly they have misjudged this.

It is one of the many reasons we are working so hard to build incentive through our Blue America FISA actions. (You can donate here.)

UPDATE: Sen. Russ Feingold has a factsheet on FISA and why it's a bad deal for Americans.



C&L's Late Nite Music Club with Simon & Garfunkel

(Guest blogged by Howie Klein)

As we sometimes do, we asked tomorrow's Blue America candidate to tell us about his favorite music. Tomorrow Rancho Cucamonga businessman Russ Warner will be over at Firedoglake at 11am (PT) explaining why he'd be a better bet to represent his L.A.-area congressional district than rubber stamp incumbent David Dreier.

But put politics aside for a moment and let's just get into Russ' head on a music level. I asked him to give us a song that has been a real inspiration in his life. He didn't hesitate for a moment. "I was driving in a car, maybe 1970 or so; someone had given me an 8-track," he recalled with a laugh. "The message was so powerful, I had to pull over so I could hear every word. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel describe who we are at our core of humanity. Everyone has problems and everyone needs a bridge and a helping hand at one time or another. It's something every one of us has in common regardless of political party." You've probably guessed Russ' favorite song by now:

If you'd like to win a beautifully embroidered "Impeach Cheney?" baseball cap tell us if there's a song that has meant something like this in your life and why. Entries to downwithtyranny@aol.com




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