Thursday, March 31, 2005

The Big Money

The ability of MoveonPAC to raise money through their email list is astounding:

Early Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., sent an appeal over the Internet urging people to contribute to the re-election campaign of Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va.

In less than 24 hours, more than 15,000 contributors gave $634,000 to Byrd’s campaign, according to the National Journal’s daily Internet publication “Hotline.” The average donation was about $42.25.

In Obama’s appeal, sent out by the MoveOn Political Action Committee, he wrote, “In 2006, Senator Byrd will be the target of Republicans because he stands up for what he believes. Will you join me in supporting Senator Byrd’s campaign for re-election, before a critical deadline this Thursday?”

I wonder how frequently they can pull that off. It's a bit too early for me to be thinking about any fundraising activities, but I think people should seriously consider the fact that if even a modest portion of the money which went into the Dean/Kerry campaigns last year is diverted to congressional campaigns...