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Campaign request to the Netroots [UPDATE]

by paul spencer Thu Oct 11th, 2012 at 11:49:38 AM EST

I'm going to publish the diary that I described in an ET diary (September 7) in the Daily Kos on this coming Monday at 14:00 GMT (07:00, my time - PDT). I'd appreciate it if everyone here with a DKos log-in would 'recommend' it. I'm just leaving in a part of the original diary below to remind you of the basic points raised.

Four of our group of five now have donations tabs; 3 on ActBlue, 1 on his campaign web-site. I can't wait any longer for the fifth.

Excerpts from the September ET diary are below:

Since I'm more serious about my state legislative campaign this time, I'm looking for money to help advertise myself, plus the other Democratic Party candidates in our region. We are currently reviewing the draft 'diary' below, and I would like to get ETers' comments, too. Plus, when we launch it on Dailykos, I would also like to enlist y'all to hit the Rec button to try to keep it up for awhile. Here's the current text:

"Most rural areas have become the homeground of Republican office-holders over the last 20 years.  It's a remarkable feat considering that it only took one generation for folks to forget the role of the Democratic Party in delivering rural electrification, rural telephony, public irrigation systems, Social Security, and many more social goods.  Some of the reasons for this change were based on an essentially cynical capture by Republican Party operatives of certain 'social issues'.  Another part was a racist response to Democratic Party inclusiveness.


"We can recapture the rural electorate with Roosevelt-type programs - and a lot of patient groundwork.  The essential programs are the manufacture and deployment of renewable-energy devices and systems; local and quasi-organic food production; basic, decent, affordable housing projects; and sustainable natural-resource management.  Beyond those particularly rural issues are the common national issues of healthcare costs and quality, immigration reform, Fair Trade, 'defense' spending and foreign military aid, financial 'industry' regulation, etc. - our usual progressive litany.  The cap is tax reform to pay for government support of the social 'safety net' and of investment/subsidy (stimulus): remove the income cap on Social Security tax, Capital Gains as ordinary income, higher marginal tax rates for the higher income brackets, and elimination of tax 'loopholes'.


"Here in south-central and southwestern Washington state, we have such a group of candidates: Mary Baechler in the 4th Congressional District (vs. Doc Hastings), Jon Haugen in the 3rd C.D. (vs. Jamie Herrera-Beutler), Pablo Gonzales in the 15th Legislative District (state legislature), Matt Tomaskin in the 14th L.D. (Position 2), and Paul Spencer in the 14th (Position 1).  In case you don't get the picture, we are a diverse group: a businesswoman, a working pilot, a Hispanic college student, a Yakama Indian, and an old white guy, respectively.  More importantly, we share values of sustainability, empathy, and honesty.

"This diary is a request for your support....  At a rough estimate, we're looking at about $10,000 for a series of ¼ page ads.  We would like some help."

[Add in donation sites and web-sites.]

I think it is good. It formulates why the rural population should support Democrats but don't today and does so in a manner that should not be offensive to the urbanite social 'winners'.

But I think the text has a problem in that it is written from the candidates perspective (with your strenghts and needs dominating the picture), rather then from the perspective of the donors you want to reach out to. Why should a small donor outside Washington give you money when there are important races in their home state? Some things that I think could be improved to change that:

  • The bigger picture. Something in the beginning about how the Republican strenght on a national level depends on these rural areas and that challenging them there is an effective way to undermine their national strenght. Washington being the perfect state to start this process in, and the succesfull example can then be used all over this great nation.

  • That the politics of Washington is likely to change in a good way once your group gets elected. Which is good for the national political discourse.

  • That this relatively small sum of $10,000 will buy victory and thus start the Democratic capture of the countryside. Sort of like: "With the means we have we will reach  democratic base and many independents. But to ensure victory we need to reach more independents. Ads in local newspapers is the way to do that here. If we can raise just $10,000 we will be able to launch a series of ¼ page ads that will focus on the issues that we know will bring the votes. Join the ruralevolution, donate today!" (Perhaps a bit over the top there at the end.)

I hope this can be of some use.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Sep 8th, 2012 at 05:19:04 AM EST
I get your point and will modify accordingly.

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Sat Sep 8th, 2012 at 11:57:34 AM EST
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Yes, what ASKOD said.

And, somewhere, something like, "Establishing strong progressive footholds in rural areas holds the promise of dramatically changing the political balance nationwide. And that requires a platform that looks and feels like genuine progress to the people of our rural communities."

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Sep 8th, 2012 at 07:51:25 PM EST
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steal your words?

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Sat Sep 8th, 2012 at 09:46:23 PM EST
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You most certainly may not steal them!

Rather, they're yours to use if you like 'em.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Sep 8th, 2012 at 10:34:11 PM EST
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