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Which Members of Congress Should the FDL Community Help in 2010?

It’s looking bleak for House Democrats in 2010. Stu Rothenberg says recent polling by FDL and DailyKos “show Democratic incumbents in horrible shape — about where Republicans were in 2006 and 2008.” And this morning, he shifts 28 seats toward the GOP.

The corporate bootlicking of Senate “centrists” and House Blue Dogs has taken a huge toll across the country.

The Blue Dogs are on their own — they did this to themselves, sucking up huge donations from lobbyists and letting them write the health care bill. But our online community can be a big help to progressives.

We want to know which members of Congress you think we should help

We can, of course, raise money. But our online tools and organizing abilities have grown tremendously, and we’re light years ahead of the GOP.

When 65 Democrats voted for Stupak, FDL PAC’s “One Voice for Choice” project bought lists of likely Democratic voters in those districts and then phone banked directly to those households to alert them to what was going on. It was largely conducted below the radar, but we wound up with over 21,000 voters who often didn’t know what was happening, and who added their names to a list opposing the amendment:

District Member of Congress Likely Dem 2010 Voters
who oppose Stupak
District Member of Congress Likely Dem 2010 Voters
who oppose Stupak
PA 04 Altmire 1857 OH 09 Kaptur 842
AR 01 Berry 1049 RI 02 Langevin 1443
OH 16 Bocceiri 994 IL 03 Lipinski 1545
TN 05 Cooper 817 NC 07 McIntyre 1689
OH 01 Driehaus 989 AR 04 Ross 1207
NC 02 Ethridge 1397 NC 11 Shuler 1834
TN 06 Gordon 2037 AR 02 Snyder 1371
PA 17 Holden 1038 TN 08 Tanner 1111
Total 21200

Many of these Democratic voters didn’t know where their Reps stood, and we were able to direct them to contact their Reps to oppose Stupak.

In a close race, a thousand or two thousand Democratic voters can make the difference. These members of Congress need these Democrats to show up for them at the polls in 2010. They’re the ones that they lost sight of in their zeal to appeal to the extreme right wing.

“Fascinating New Force in Politics”

Our tools can also be used to identify and turn out voters to support members of Congress who have been willing to fight on the issues we care about. We can recruit volunteers, inform people about campaign events, promote the work of these members and help them to achieve reform that encourages accountability and transparency. Mike Allen called the One Voice for Choice district campaign a “fascinating new force in politics” on Morning Joe, and we want to use it to help progressives to keep their seats.

If you think your member of Congress is someone we should help, please nominate them (your nomination will only count if you’re a resident of the district). The deadline is midnight tomorrow night. We’ll start the voting Wednesday, which will be open to the entire community.

Who should it be? Raul Grijalva, Alan Grayson, Dennis Kucinich? Eric Massa, Carol-Shea Porter, Emanuel Cleaver? Someone else?

Let’s help our friends. You decide who that should be.

Nominate your member of Congress for the FDL 2010 election support program.

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Which Members of Congress Should the FDL Community Help In 2010?

It’s looking bleak for House Democrats in 2010. Stu Rothenberg says recent polling by FDL and DailyKos “show Democratic incumbents in horrible shape — about where Republicans were in 2006 and 2008.”  And this morning, he shifts 28 seats toward the GOP.

The corporate bootlicking of Senate “centrists” and House Blue Dogs has taken a huge toll across the country.

The Blue Dogs are on their own — they did this to themselves, sucking up huge donations from lobbyists and letting them write the health care bill.  But our online community can be a big help to progressives.

We want to know which members of Congress you think we should help

We can, of course, raise money. But our online tools and organizing abilities have grown tremendously, and we’re light years ahead of the GOP.

When 65 Democrats voted for Stupak, FDL PAC’s “One Voice for Choice” project bought lists of likely Democratic voters in those districts and then phone banked directly to those households to alert them to what was going on.  It was largely conducted below the radar, but we wound up with over 21,000 voters who often didn’t know what was happening, and who added their names to a list opposing the amendment:

District Member of Congress Likely Dem 2010 Voters
who oppose Stupak
District Member of Congress Likely Dem 2010 Voters
who oppose Stupak
PA 04 Altmire 1857 OH 09 Kaptur 842
AR 01 Berry 1049 RI 02 Langevin 1443
OH 16 Bocceiri 994 IL 03 Lipinski 1545
TN 05 Cooper 817 NC 07 McIntyre 1689
OH 01 Driehaus 989 AR 04 Ross 1207
NC 02 Ethridge 1397 NC 11 Shuler 1834
TN 06 Gordon 2037 AR 02 Snyder 1371
PA 17 Holden 1038 TN 08 Tanner 1111
Total 21200

Many of these Democratic voters didn’t know where their Reps stood, and we were able to direct them to contact their Reps to oppose Stupak.

In a close race, a thousand or two thousand Democratic voters can make the difference. These members of Congress need these Democrats to show up for them at the polls in 2010. They’re the ones that they lost sight of in their zeal to appeal to the extreme right wing.

“Fascinating New Force in Politics”

Our tools can also be used to identify and turn out voters to support members of Congress who have been willing to fight on the issues we care about.  We can recruit volunteers, inform people about campaign events, promote the work of these members and help them to achieve reform that encourages accountability and transparency.  Mike Allen  called the One Voice for Choice district campaign a “fascinating new force in politics” on Morning Joe, and we want to use it to help progressives to keep their seats.

If you think your member of Congress is someone we should help, please nominate them (your nomination will only count if you’re a resident of the district.).  The deadline is midnight tomorrow night.  We’ll start the voting Wednesday, which will be open to the entire community.

Who should it be?  Raul Grijalva, Alan Grayson, Dennis Kucinich?  Eric Massa, Carol-Shea Porter, Emanuel Cleaver?  Someone else?

Let’s help our friends.  You decide who that should be.

Nominate your member of Congress for the FDL 2010 election support program.

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