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All of this a way of getting to the point that money is one way to get respect, and proving that you can deliver it to the right kind of people has a way of encouraging people to come around to your point of view. So, yes, demonstrating that the mighty blogs can pull in $100K over a few days for a House candidate – and not just any House candidate – 14 months out from an election is one way to get a bit of respect. And a way to get people to listen to your concerns… and responding to them.

Darcy Burner on Act Blue:

Burn Bush for Burner — 1,888 donors — $68,110.57
Blue America ’08 — 186 donors — $5,112.41
Blue Majority — 155 donors — $4,476.65
Eschaton ’08 Challengers — 75 donors — $3,076.44

Total raised for Darcy across ActBlue:  $87,818.

Groups like Emily’s List come in with a check for a hundred thousand dollars and can pretty much demand to control messaging on a Congressional campaign. Much of the blogosphere’s ability to get the attention of politicians when they go off the reservation is due not only to the fact that we raised quite a bit during the last election cycle for candidates we support, but also because we made Joe Lieberman raise $17 million to keep his seat.

Yes, a hundred thousand dollars — particularly at this point in the election cycle — does get people’s attention.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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