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It’s clear from the Republican-controlled State Senate budget proposals they expected my grassroots supporters, like you, to just stop working as soon as the campaign was over.

But together, we proved they were wrong — by standing up, speaking out, and holding the line when they tried to drag our state backward.

Now we’re facing another challenge. July 31 at midnight is our first fundraising deadline since the legislative session ended. We need to reach our $10,000 July fundraising goal to make sure we can keep fighting to close unnecessary tax loopholes, create jobs, and fully fund public education.

Will you contribute $5, $10, or more before the deadline to keep our grassroots movement strong?

Our opponents are watching to see if you and I have what it takes to keep standing up and fighting on the critical issues facing our state.

And make no mistake about it: We have work to do.

This year, Senate Republicans failed to close unnecessary tax loopholes and create a long-term funding solution for our public schools. They stopped efforts to bring forth bipartisan legislation like the Dream Act and the Reproductive Parity Act.

And they failed to bring to a vote and pass a transportation package to keep people and goods flowing across our state.

That just means we have to keep fighting — harder than ever — to deliver on the promise I made to wake up every morning laser-focused on creating jobs and strengthening the economy.

Together we can keep up the fight, and together we can win it, but I need you to stand with me now.

Will you contribute $5, $10, or more before the midnight deadline July 31 and keep our grassroots movement strong?

Thank you so much for your continued support. Together we can do hard things.

Very truly yours,

Jay Inslee

Great Moments in Fundraisin​g Email History … a message from AL Franken

1808: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney’s campaign sends history’s first fundraising email, requesting 75 cents to “help defeat the scourge of the Embargo Act of 1807.” Note: 75 cents would be around $10 in today’s dollars.  
1828: Andrew Jackson’s campaign asks supporters to “give a Jackson to stand with Jackson.” This failed because Andrew Jackson was not yet on the $20 bill and no one had any clue what he was talking about.
1924: Calvin Coolidge earns the nickname “Silent Cal” after his web team accidentally sends out a blank fundraising email. (It does surprisingly well.)
2012: Supporters donate $5, $10, or even $20 to help my campaign raise the $20,000 we need to keep our operation going and growing this month.
I know it might not seem like that last one fits in with the other great moments in fundraising email history (especially since I made them all up). But this is the kind of stuff that matters when you’re taking on powerful special interests.
I’m not on the ballot this year — but that doesn’t mean our people-powered grassroots machine is sitting in the garage. We’re taking our fight everywhere a progressive fighter is under attack. And we’re continuing to build our own momentum so that we can start next year off on the right foot.
Before the month is out, we need to raise another $20,000 — and you can help us get there right now by clicking to make a contribution of any amount you can afford.
It’s true that fundraising emails don’t really have a rich history. But emails like these can help us write the next chapter of American history. The people who fight the hardest get to decide what the country looks like in the years ahead. And helping campaigns like mine reach goals like this one is one of the best ways to fight.
So make today just a little bit more historic — help us reach our goal and make sure our progressive grassroots organization has the resources it needs to win.

P.S.: Of course, one of the actual great moments in the history of fundraising email was my groundbreaking discovery of the “extra ask in the P.S.” gimmick. Won’t you recognize this historic achievement by making a contribution of $5 or more today?

Paid for and authorized by Al Franken for Senate 2014

Jim Messina: One Million Person-to-Person Conversations – Obama For America

Something special happened in Colorado a few days ago: One of our volunteers called up an ’08 supporter in Denver, and they had the millionth conversation of this campaign.

The person on the other end of the line had never volunteered before. But as a result of this call, he decided to attend an event in his area to connect with other volunteers in his community. Over the next 12 months, he could start dozens, maybe hundreds, more one-on-one conversations with voters. And they’ll start conversations of their own.

That will all have started with this one conversation. This is how we build this campaign.

Messina recorded a message reporting back on what this means, and why our opponents won’t have this kind of grassroots enthusiasm. You’re going to want to take a look at this one.

While we are all excited about this 1 million milestone, right now, we’re training our eyes on the next million conversations.

Some of these conversations will be with supporters who have always believed in the President. Others might be with folks who haven’t engaged with us for a while. It’s on all of us to reach out to these people — and you don’t have to wait for a phone bank or a canvass to do it. You can start making calls right now.

When I think about 1 million conversations, I can’t help but think back to March 2007, when I began organizing for then-Senator Obama’s campaign.

Back then, a lot of people seemed to think that winning a presidential campaign always came down to big-dollar donations and big-name endorsements, period. They counted out our style of grassroots organizing — said it wouldn’t get people to the polls.

We didn’t listen to them. We built our organization person by person, one conversation at a time — and that strategy didn’t just get us votes. It was how we won in key states around the country, and how we elected this president.

We’ve got to do that again. Because this time around, the stakes are even higher, and there are still just as many folks on the other side who don’t believe in grassroots organizing. They’re counting you out right now. They think you can’t — or won’t — take individual action to help build this organization.

You can start proving them wrong with the conversations you’re about to have.

Watch Messina’s message, then commit to volunteer in the months ahead, and start some conversations of your own:


Thanks for everything you’ve done — and everything you’re about to do.

– Jeremy

Jeremy Bird
National Field Director
Obama for America

a message from Senator Al Franken …


 When you win an election by just 312 votes, you know that small things make a big difference. In retrospect, a single volunteer shift – or a single contribution – could have been the deciding factor.

 Our next campaign hasn’t even begun yet. But I think it’s a safe bet that, when we look back on it, we’ll be glad for everything we did to gas up our people-powered grassroots machine in advance.

A contribution of just $5 now would do a lot to help keep our grassroots organization strong – please click here to donate now! http://www.alfranken.com/page/m/6cf7792/715407ea/31f0d526/78164493/1755333154/VEsE/

 I know it’s really, really early. But just because I’m not on the ballot right now doesn’t mean I don’t need your help. Even as we’re focusing on today’s fights – putting people back to work, rebuilding the middle class, keeping Wall Street’s hands off of Social Security – the powerful special interests are plotting their attacks.

 We’ve been pretty good at taking them on – and getting under their skin. But they’re preparing to spend millions to shut us up once and for all.

 That’s why I’m asking for your help now. We have to keep building our grassroots strength if we’re going to be able to withstand the attacks. And waiting until the campaign is officially underway just isn’t an option.

Can you make a contribution of $5 (more if you can afford it) to make sure our grassroots organization is ready for what’s coming?

 I know that you’ll have my back when the campaign heats up – but I’m hoping you’ll be willing to do a little bit now to help me get ready for what’s coming.

 A few dollars can make a big difference. And if my next campaign is as close as my last one, your decision to get involved now will look pretty good in retrospect.

Please click here to contribute now.

 Thanks for helping me get ready,


Fools … James Carville

I’m sorry but these Tea Partyin’ fools in Congress have got to go.

They’re trying to gut the New Deal, attack workers, and end Medicare. But when it comes to tax breaks for their billionaire and Big Oil buddies, it’s hands off.

The Republicans may have Karl Rove’s secret donors and the Tea Party ditto-heads on their side but we’ve got committed grassroots folks like you to help get out the truth.

And boy do we need you right now. Democrats’ campaign to kick the Tea Party right outta Congress is just $38,701 short of their $500,000 goal before the August FEC deadline hits in 24 hours.

Contribute $3 or more today and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a group of House Democrats.

The media and pundits will use our grassroots fundraising totals to judge our will to call out the GOP on their hypocrisy and lies — so I’m asking you to act right now.

Every dollar you give goes right back out the door to help take the fight right to Republicans on their home turf with targeted advertising, grassroots organizing, and rapid response research.

Give today and help Democrats stand strong at this critical deadline.

James Carville