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Unlike the Kochs and Karl Rove almost every candidate to whom I made a contribution won.  And I am as proud of the two losers as I am of the winners.

In September I removed a little more than $500 from my savings. Then over the next two months I contributed to campaigns suggested by Orange to Blue. Or to Democrats who emailed me, or to people I had supported in the past like Carol Shea Porter.  Most of the contributions were 10 or 15 or even 25 dollars. Sometimes a little as 3 or 5 dollars.

The most I gave at any one time was fifty dollars and that was to Elizabeth Warren whose candidacy I was supporting by phone calls and canvas and visibilities.  

Find the list of honor below the squiggle

Barack Obama
Ann McLane Kuster
Alan Grayson
Patrick Murphy
Carol Shea Porter
Joe Donnelly
Heidi Heitcamp
Chris Murphy
Ami Bera
Joe Garcia
Krysten Sinema
Sherrrod Brown
Lois Frankel
Raul Grijava

The only losers: Jim Graves, against Michele Bachman
and Rob Zerban against Paul Ryan.  

I am Millions of Voters.  I am America.

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  •  When you're a multimegabillionaire (1+ / 0-)
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    you really have very few worries - heck, the Koch Brothers are going to make out like Bandits no matter which of the current parties are in power.

    In a way it's rather inexplicably why the Billionaires are so peeved at Obama - he's done nothing to diminish their power and influence.

    •  Actually, Obama has done a lot to give the oil (1+ / 0-)
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      billionaires headaches, with the top of the list being the shattering of the unholy alliance between the U.S. automobile industry and Big Oil.

      Big Oil hates the Obama Administration's CAFE Standards and absolutely hates the big push for electric vehicles.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:09:28 AM PST

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      •  Well, he could/should do A LOT more (0+ / 0-)

        In reality he is overseeing a vast and environmentally destructive renassaince in US oil (and gas) production:

        The U.S. will overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world’s largest global oil producer by 2017, according to the International Energy Agency, in one of the clearest signs yet of how the shale revolution is redrawing the global energy landscape.

        This marks the first time the IEA, the developed world’s most respected energy forecaster, has made such a prediction. It underscores how the drilling boom that has unlocked North America’s vast reserves of hard-to-get-at oil and gas is changing the world’s oil balance.


        Making your crocodile tears for the oil billionaires ring very, very hollow!!

        •  As long as the amount of oil that we use (0+ / 0-)

          continues to decline and the carbon intensity of our economy continues to decline, I don't have a problem with U.S. oil displacing foreign oil.  Foreign oil has been one of the biggest reasons for our massive trade deficit.

          "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

          by Lawrence on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:23:11 AM PST

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          •  Really? No matter what the environmental (0+ / 0-)

            cost - which is a total twofer in this case, both negative (first the carbon dioxide emissions, and second the "local" effects of the massive fracking . . . .).

            Seriously if anybody out there want to spend their money effectively to combat this, DON'T donate to the status quo political parties who are both part and parcel of the problem - send your $50 or $100 to someplace effective like GreenCorps (who helped put forward wind and/or solar initiative in Colorado, for example, despite being outspent 100 to 1 by Big Fossil Fuel . . .).

          •  Pumping carbon into the atmosphere we (0+ / 0-)

            breathe is a bad idea.
            "Foreign oil," on the other hand is one of those fictional antagonists punitive people are always jiggering up to demonstrate how tough they are and to impress on their homies how lucky they are not to be targets.
            "Aren't you glad I'm not your enemy?" is a really effective and inexpensive tactic to induce submission by the gullible. Exacting obedience by punishing someone else works especially well with empathetic people. They don't like to see other people suffer. "Foreign oil," has proved even more effective because oil doesn't suffer, so it can be disdained with equanimity. "America" serves a similar purpose. "Believe in America" was a value-free slogan -- no content and no commitment to action.
            Contrast that with "Organizing for America."

            We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

            by hannah on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:55:04 AM PST

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    •  It's Not About Their Current Situation, They're (2+ / 0-)
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      playing a longer game and no Democrat will advance them as much as Republicans will.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:01:21 AM PST

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      •  I guess that's a reasonable point (0+ / 0-)

        for example, it echoes when C. Montgomery Burns told Lisa Simpson "Although I'm a very wealthy man, I'd give it all up"

        which sounds quite intriguing, until he finished the thought:

        "for just a little bit more"

    •  They don't see it that way! (0+ / 0-)

      Koch brothers have the greed disease so bad they would pick up the game pieces at a penny pitching event if they had to back their limo over the participants first.

      Facts are they are so rich they can no longer change their wealth enough to be able to afford anything they can't already afford. They are the only ones who don't realize this. Perhaps they think they can pay poor people to die for them. If they could they would die while trying to arrange a lower price.

  •  I was not able to donate in 2008, but I became (1+ / 0-)
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    one of the millions of small donors this time around because I firmly believe that the more our Dems receive from small donors, the less beholden they are to big donors.  

    We need to continue to increase the amount of small donors and should work hard to keep up the intensity in the midterms.

    I've already decided to put aside a couple of hundred bucks for 2014.

    Tipped and recced.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:12:54 AM PST

  •  Personally, I think the Ryan for Congress (3+ / 0-)
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    vote was a pity vote. Besides, his friends had spread the rumor that he would resign. Even with the punitive majority, Ryan's influence in the House will be less than nothing.
    It might have been possible to argue he was modestly hedging his bets, but the reaction to the election writes finis to that notion. Pauli really did think he was some hot shot.
    One keeps being reminded of Fredo in "The Godfather."

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:41:59 AM PST

  •  i'm with you, ruthmiller! i don't know which was (1+ / 0-)
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    better -- getting obama reelected or sticking it to the koch bros & sheldon adelson :)

    everyone of the candidates we contributed to won, except for jim graves.  maybe 2014 will see the end of bobblehead bachmann.

  •  tip also for orange to blue (1+ / 0-)
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    which helps sort out and prioritize giving on down ballot races.  

  •  Just got home from a work assignment (1+ / 0-)
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    to find people actually commenting.  Thanks.  and yes the fracking is a BFD problem and no the Dems are probably not going to do much about it and I don't quite know what to do about that.  

    But my heart is with the civil rights coalition,
    African-Americans, Latinos, women, gays and white men and women who need the streets and schools and programs to assist us when things get difficult and medical care and global warming.  And I know they are all connected.
    And with all the bullying we got from the thugs this year I am going to celebrate before I start wrestling.
    Thanks for noticing.

    WE must hang together or we will all hang separately. B.Franklin

    by ruthhmiller on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 07:34:31 AM PST

    •  you rock (0+ / 0-)

      i'm not betting against you!  


      Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

      by jlms qkw on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 08:21:23 AM PST

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    •  I suspect the billionaires don't give a flying (0+ / 0-)

      fuck about civil rights issues, gay marriage, etc beyond what mileage can (could) be gained as a wedge issue.

      For example, now that gay marriage doesn't turn out legions of outraged teabag types, there are all kinds of strange allies coming out of the woodwork on that (e.g., Dick Cheney and Ted Olsen).

      So again (akin to what I mentioned above) - the most effective strategy is to start locally and begin building grassroots, focused efforts on a single issue.  That's way more effective than throwing $100 to * any * national party.  And ultimately has the potential to "trickle up" to a higher level (e.g., Obama's "evolution" on gay marriage . . .).

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