Adam Green noticed a couple of weeks ago that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s idea of an online fundraising campaign that used Norm Coleman was, to put it mildly, in need of serious improvement. He proposed an alternative: the "Norm’s Democratic Dollar a Day" campaign. The DSCC didn’t take him up on the idea, but Democracy for America did — and here’s the result, sent via e-mail this morning:
Republicans in DC know Al Franken won.
But they are bankrolling Norm Coleman’s continued court challenges in Minnesota and are encouraging him to drag this thing out forever. For them, it’s worth it to keep shelling out money to block the seating of Senator Franken.
Put simply, the incentives are all wrong. So let’s set the incentives right.
Today, we’re teaming up with Howard Dean’s Democracy for America to launch the "Dollar a Day to Make Norm Go Away" campaign. We’re asking people across the country to donate $1 to help progressives defeat Republicans in 2010 for every day that Norm Coleman refuses to concede.
Click here to sign up at NormDollar.com.
Donations will go to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee — our new group (formed by former MoveOn.org and labor organizers, Democratic campaigners, and the co-inventor of RSS & Reddit) to help bold progressive candidates run effective campaigns and win.
You can choose to limit the number of weeks you donate, in case you worry Norm is completely delusional.
Think about how this Dollar A Day will change the game. If thousands of people sign up, and Republicans up for re-election in 2010 see the progressives who are out to defeat them get an infusion of donations each day that Coleman is obstinate, what do you think will happen?
First, they may be in denial. But after a couple days, and as more and more progressives encourage their friends to hop on board, you’ll have Republican senators, House members, strategists, lobbyists, and funders all calling Coleman saying, "Your time is up. Concede!"
Rep. Tom Perriello, the progressive Virginia Democrat who won an upset victory in 2008 over right-wing bigot Rep. Virgil Goode, said that if the PCCC had been around in 2008 more progressives like him would have been elected.
We need Al Franken — and more bold progressives like Al Franken — in Congress. You can help achieve both goals today.
Then, please tell your friends. Thanks for being a bold progressive.
–Adam, Stephanie, Aaron, Michael, and Mudcat
You know what to do, gang.