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October 25, 2006

Thanks to Norm Dicks

Congressman Norm Dicks of the 6th CD responded positively to the calls that folks made to ask him to contribute money from his campaign chest to Democrats running in more competitive districts.  He donated $100,000 + according to Chris Bowers, reporting back on his "Use It or Lose It" program.  This was on top of the nearly $600,000 that he raised yesterday for the DCCC from the lunch he hosted downtown for Al Gore.  Also today, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy each donated $500,000 to the DSCC.  This program is working.  We may not get the entire $15 million we are looking for but it will be close.

I feel like I and our readers here had an impact on Dicks' decision, along with a bunch of folks from MoveOn.org.  I called Dicks' Tacoma office on Friday afternoon and then wrote up a post asking others to do the same.  I repeated the plea yesterday.  Then I called the Tacoma office again today to ask them how it was going.  As soon as I called, they laughed and asked if I was calling about the program.  I said I was.  The man who answered the phone asked me if I knew that Dicks had already given a lot to candidates.  I told him I did and appreciated it.  He asked if I knew about the lunch yesterday and how much had been raised.  Yes.  I said that perhaps they might want to write to Chris Bowers and talk about getting credit for what they'd done.  I gave them Chris' email address and said I'd write about it as soon as I saw the results on Chris' list.

There it was a few hours later on both DailyKos and MyDD.  I have to assume that Chris talked the campaign into giving another $100,000.  Our thanks to Norm Dicks.  As Markos and Chris are saying, we will remember this.  Thanks. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on October 25, 2006 at 07:15 PM in Candidate Races, Taking Action | Permalink


Way to go Norm! I don't live in his district but I am glad to hear he is stepping up to the plate. These are important steps to building a winning and successful party. And way to go Lynn for keeping the pressure on. It is good to see these actions because it helps combat the cynicism, that is so easy to sink into.

Posted by: Gordon | Oct 26, 2006 9:41:41 AM

when's someone going to talk about Inslee and Baird? THey are sitting on a ton of cash -- more than $800K.

Give me a break!

Posted by: Dan | Oct 26, 2006 7:26:00 PM

I heard that Inslee also gave a chunk, although I'm not sure how much. Might be worth checking with his office. In any case, it should be noted that McDermott - despite his very expensive legal battle with Boehner - gave $25,000 from his funds to the Dems for the GOTV effort.

Posted by: shoephone | Oct 26, 2006 9:58:41 PM

A note to staffers: feel free to write me and let me know what your Congresscritters have contributed. We'd love to acknowledge them. Lynn

Posted by: Lynn | Oct 26, 2006 11:04:20 PM

The big problems are Inslee and Baird.

Posted by: dan | Oct 27, 2006 8:35:26 AM

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