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Nowhere else I’d rather be … Sarah Benzing

I knew when I came on as Sherrod’s campaign manager that this would be a tough fight. And, believe me – it’s not easy to plan a winning campaign when you’re facing a larger special interest spending gap than any other Democrat in the country.

But there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. The nearly $3,000,000 worth of attack ads Karl Rove and his pals have thrown at us already tell me that I’m working for the right guy – a true progressive who represents a real danger to the special interests’ monopoly on political power.

And small-dollar contributions from thousands of progressives like you tell me that we can win, no matter what the special interests have in store.

If you haven’t had a chance to help Sherrod win by making a contribution to our grassroots campaign, now’s a great time. And if you’ve given once, now’s a perfect time to double down on your support by giving again!

Like you, I’ve watched these powerful interests conspire to paralyze our government and hurt our middle class. I’ve watched them smear progressives and try to buy elections. I’ve watched them lie about our agenda and hide their own.

And let me tell you: It’s a privilege to be able to fight against them every single day on this campaign. Sherrod says he takes Karl Rove’s onslaught of attacks as a badge of honor. And none of us here at the campaign are afraid of a tough fight.

I hope I can count on you to share that same spirit – and I hope you’ll consider clicking here and making a contribution to make our campaign possible. Even $5 would help, so please give today!

There’s no one I’d rather be working for than Sherrod Brown. And I’m incredibly proud to be part of a campaign where we don’t back off our progressive values and we don’t back down when we’re attacked. But it’s your support that makes it all possible. And I hope you’re ready for this fight.

Please click here to give now!

Thanks for making this all possible.

Sarah Benzing Campaign Manager Friends of Sherrod Brown

3 years ago

Three years ago, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States.

And right around this time, he stepped onstage in Chicago to address the American people for the first time as President-elect.

A lot has happened since that night in Grant Park.

But to win in 2012, we’ll need a grassroots campaign that’s even stronger than the last, and we can’t afford to wait to get started.

Here’s what the President said three years ago tonight:

“Even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime. … The road ahead will be long; our climb will be steep; we may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there. … but there’s so much more to do.”

Everyone should be proud of what we’ve accomplished since then, but as the President said, there’s so much more to do. What happens on November 6th, 2012, is up to us.

Watch the video here:




Jim Messina
Campaign Manager

Campaign 2012

The critical September 30th fundraising deadline is the primary focus of
the campaign for the next week and a half, but two things happened this
week that you ought to be proud of:

President Obama laid out the Buffett Rule: a proposal to help bring
down our deficit by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their
fair share in taxes. It’s a position that more than 70 percent of
Americans agree with, but something that too many millionaire
politicians don’t have the guts to propose.

— “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” officially became history. It’s done. That’s
something that we’ll tell our kids about — and this President helped
finally do it.

What happens in the next week and a half is up to you.

The deadline we face in nine days is serious. It’s the official FEC
filing deadline, and it’s not arbitrary — it’s built into our
campaign’s budget plan. It will determine what kinds of resources we can
commit to which states as we expand our ground game.


Right now, you have a chance to affect what that picture looks like. Will you pitch in $5 or more to help get where we need to go by the deadline?


Our President is out there doing great things. And right now, it’s on us
to get his back by showing the strength of the organization behind him.



Jen O’Malley Dillon

Deputy Campaign Manager

Obama for America

P.S. — As an added bonus, every donation you make before September 30th
will automatically enter you to win dinner with President Obama. Take ownership of this campaign today, and you could find yourself across the table from the President.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is officially over …Jim Messina, BarackObama.com

Today, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is officially over.

Gay men and lesbians in the military no longer have to hide who they are, and the servicemembers who were discharged under this policy can re-enlist.

This is one of the administration’s signature achievements. Countless Americans fought hard to end this law over the course of nearly two decades, and President Obama is proud to have signed the repeal.

But today’s news isn’t just a policy promise kept — it’s a personal promise kept to the thousands of people who needed and deserved this change.

I want to share a video the campaign put together about some of the people affected by this law: four stories from men and women who served in the military during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

You should watch the video and share it with everyone who cares about fairness and equality in America.

Before my current job, I was in the White House working on getting this done, and I can honestly say that repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is one of the greatest things I have ever been or ever will be a part of. I think about it every time I walk into my office, where I keep one of the pens the President used to sign the bill.

It’s a reminder that — as broken as Washington is and as long as change can take — people and organizations can do amazing things when they work together and never waver from the vision that unites them.

Watch four people say what today means to them — and let us know what it means to you:


There’s a lot more to do in the months ahead. But today is one to savor.



Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America