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Organizing America gets no more money from me

What follows is a letter I just wrote in reply to a fund raising email from Organizing America. The fund raising email follows.

Dear Mr. Stewart and BarackObama.com,

Frankly, I think you have a lot of gall to ask for financial support when I see no evidence of the leadership that was front and center during the campaign, but seems to have disappeared since.

I’m sorry, but your not getting any more money from me until Barack starts leading again.

Health care especially has been a disaster. Barack has gone from clearly advocating universal coverage (and regretting that a purely single payer plan was politically impossible) to completely abdicating his moral responsibility to be out front on this issue.

Some of the far right in both government and punditry are calling for all health care proposals to go back and start over. I hate to say it, but I agree.

Start Over. Clearly communicate the moral imperative of taking care of ALL Americans. Draft your own bill, get sponsors on both houses of Congress, then push it through. LEAD!!

When I see signs of real leadership coming back, you’ll start seeing my dollar signs again.


Steven Dorst
$2K plus donor between primary and general elections

On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 7:31 AM, Mitch Stewart, BarackObama.com <info@barackobama.com> wrote:

Organizing for America
Steven —

Opponents of health insurance reform have power. Some reap huge profits from the status quo. Others take large campaign contributions from those who profit.

So they’ll do anything to keep the current system in place. When fact-based arguments don’t work, they attack President Obama with outlandish lies about a government takeover and euthanizing the elderly. And once that doesn’t work, they’ll go even further.

We don’t know what they’ll do next. What we do know is that we’ll have to be prepared for anything — ready to set the record straight, ready to make sure the media and Congress see the overwhelming support for reform, and ready to pass real reform this year.

But we’ll need the resources to do it — to pay for rapid-response ads in key districts and states, organizers to put together large rallies and grassroots events throughout the country, and the best technology available to empower volunteers — all at a moment’s notice. Can you chip in $25 or more to help us pass real reform, this year?

Please donate

This was never going to be easy. As candidate Obama said just three days before the election: “Don’t think for a moment that power will concede without a fight.” Now, we’re seeing how true that really is.

These same well-financed forces have killed reform in the past, and they’re aiming to do it again.

But here’s why this time can be different: There are folks like you, all around the country, who are ready to go toe-to-toe with the special interests, even when they’re not fighting fair.

And we’ll keep at it, because we know that the work we’re doing together right now can make the lives of hundreds of millions better for decades to come.

But we need your help to keep it up. Can you donate $25 or more to beat the special interests?


There’s too much at stake for any of us to sit this one out. Please chip in.



Mitch Stewart
Organizing for America

Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee — 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
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