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March 16, 2004

$10 Million in 10 Days Online for Kerry

By Byron LaMasters


Once again, online donors are showing that they're on the leading edge of the effort to bring change to America. The Internet is playing a pivotal role in the political process, from spin-busting blogs to think-tank-style discussion forums to the massive wave of contributions that have come from thousands of ordinary Americans like you.

Ten million dollars in ten days

Amazing. John Kerry has truly united the Democratic Party, and Democrats across the country are joining his campaign. It's heartening to see.

You can donate to the Kerry campaign (and give me some credit for it), here.

Update: And now Bill Clinton wants us to raise another $10 Million in 10 days.

From the Desk of Bill Clinton

You and I have made history together before. It's time to make some more.

Just a week after they began their multi-million dollar advertising blitz, Republicans have gone negative with the first of what will certainly be a barrage of attack ads. This is a major test for John Kerry's campaign -- and it's a significant opportunity for you and me.

It's our chance to demonstrate that, in 2004, we're not going to yield an inch to the Republican attack machine when it comes to defining what this campaign is all about. It's our chance to give John Kerry the kind of immediate, dramatic support he needs to stand toe-to-toe with the President and force him to debate the real issues in this campaign.

March 16, 2004 -- Let's make today the day that the entire Democratic Party speaks with one voice and launches the most successful 10-day fundraising drive in our Party's history. Here's my challenge to you: Send a donation right now to help me launch a "$10 Million in 10 Days" fundraising drive for John Kerry's campaign. Let's send donations flooding into Kerry headquarters.


Today, you and I can send a powerful message to John Kerry. We can promise him that we will never let him stand alone in the face of Republican attacks. In the days ahead, you'll be hearing from forceful voices from all across the Democratic Party -- all united in our determination to carry our values to victory in 2004. But, don't wait to act. Join me in making 3/16/04 a day you and I will always remember -- and one Republicans will never forget.


Thank you for joining me in standing behind John Kerry at a pivotal moment in his vitally important campaign. You and I have proven it time and time again. Working together, we know how to win. Let's do it again.

Bill Clinton

Posted by Byron LaMasters at March 16, 2004 12:30 AM | TrackBack


This is very telling. Raising so much money in such small increments from so many people. It makes me think, "There is nothing so powerful, not all the armies of the world, as an idea whose time has come."

Posted by: WhoMe? at March 16, 2004 11:33 PM

I've contributed to the Kerry campaign and I'll undoubtedly do so again. But it's a bit hyperbolic, I think, to claim that "John Kerry has truly united the Democratic Party." Clearly, it is George W. Bush who has "truly united the Democratic Party," not Kerry.

It'd be accurate to say "Truly, the Democratic Party is united behind John Kerry" or some such, but you're phrasing gives him too much credit. Kerry didn't single-handedly "unite" the Party; he was just in the right place to pick up the pieces when the Dean campaign imploded.

That may sound like pointless carping about semantics, but we can't forget that although Kerry will be an infinitely better President than Bush, he's not the Second Coming. President Kerry won't always just automatically do the right thing (President Dean or Edwards wouldn't have either, for that matter). We ordinary Democrats going to have to keep telling him what we want, and not be afraid to criticize him when he takes positions we consider foolish. That's not "dividing the Party;" that's just keeping our man honest.

Posted by: Mathwiz at March 17, 2004 10:48 AM
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