After a long and hard campaign season, several activists within and throughout this congressional district are working towards victory for the 2008 election. This last election taught us that while big money donors are important, a strong party infrastructure is of utmost importance. Because of this, these activists are developing strategies to organize and mobilize our district for victory.
Part of this strategy will entail a district-wide blog to help centralize communication among willing participants. The 10th district started their blog, Pat Go Bye-Bye, and Darren Staley (crowbar317) and I are committed to a similar endeavour. Basically, we hope to do in this district what you all have done for the state!
Importantly, while this blog will be for the entire congressional district, this blog would also be a valuable asset for those focused on local and state elections. This blog is not specifically for the US Congressional race. As such, this blog will be advantageous for the district and candidates (local, state, and federal) for several reasons:
- there are many loose strands of communication throughout our district, and this blog could bring everyone together on the same page
- blogs provide a platform for active discussion, while, for example, sending e-letters - which get less than a 2% respondent rate - often go unread.
- a blog inherently creates an Internet community, which develop an emotional investment to participate in district-wide activities
- a blog will reach a new and emerging demographic, previously unavailable using traditional targeting techniques
- help with the free exchange of ideas, allowing our thoughts to be sharpened by many voices, instead of a few
- help with candidate fundraising (local, state, and federal)
- help with candidate recruitment (local, state, and federal)
- help develop a volunteer base
This would be a blog within and about the 5th District. This blog will not be sponsored by the district or state parties. This is an autonomous project. We want to facilitate communication within our district. Having a party back this project could stifle the free exchange of ideas, as people not agreeing with the agenda/ideology of the party would shy away from interaction. We want full participation within our district, and as such, we will have a private blog, open to all.
I have sent this email to you because, I think that you could be helpful in the actualization of this goal.
Now the fundraising pitch. We cannot set up this site without money, and most sites like this would cost a couple of thousand of dollars to develop using web designers. One possible web designer lives in our district and would be willing to do the site for a measly $800. Again, we cannot have any local, district, or state party finance the site, as this would hurt the free exchange of ideas. So we need private donors. Can you spare $5, $10, $20, or even $50 to help us reach this goal? Think of the advantages listed above. Any offering you can afford will drastically help build the infrastructure greatly needed to achieve victory in 2008. 100% of the money donated will go to the development and upkeep of this site. Will you help us? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org on how you can contribute.
Thank you all for considering our goals and helping us organize this congressional district. Any help you can offer (blog name, donations, or other thoughts and comments) are greatly appreciated.