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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:02 AM

Email from Elizabeth Warren: "Big announcement"

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Here's what I believe --

Americans are fighters. We are tough, resourceful, and creative.

If we have the chance to fight on a level playing field -- where everyone pays a fair share and everyone has a real shot -- then no one can stop us.

That's what I'm fighting for each and every day in the United States Senate. But here's the honest truth: at the end of the day, my one voice -- and my one vote -- isn't enough. We need many strong voices fighting together to stand up for what we believe in.

I've formed a new organization -- PAC for a Level Playing Field -- to advance our fight. Together we can do more, and we can support candidates across the country who believe in consistent accountability, investing in opportunity, and fighting for families and small businesses.

Just like our campaign, the PAC for a Level Playing Field won't be funded by big corporate interests. It will be funded by grassroots donors like you.

Will you join me as a founding member of the PAC for a Level Playing Field?

In 2012, you took on the big banks and the powerful interests -- and you taught a scrappy first-time candidate how to get in the ring and win.

Your $5 and $10 donations powered us with more small-dollar funding than any other Senate campaign in the history of the United States. And with your hard work, we knocked on more doors and made our case to more voters one-on-one than any campaign in the history of Massachusetts.

Using our historic fundraising efforts and the single best grassroots army that any Senate campaign has ever seen, the PAC for a Level Playing Field will fight for what we believe in and help candidates who will join us in that fight.

Can I count on you to become a founding member? Join the PAC for a Level Playing Field now.

I know how many of you have put your faith in my ability to fight for you -- and I'll never forget it. Now let's work together to level the playing field.

Thank you for being a part of this,

Elizabeth

Link to PAC for a Level Playing Field: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/levelplayingfield?refcode=20130221em

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Reply Email from Elizabeth Warren: "Big announcement" (Original post)
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 OP
bigtree Feb 2013 #1
Little Star Feb 2013 #2
Plucketeer Feb 2013 #4
calimary Feb 2013 #37
bullwinkle428 Feb 2013 #3
magical thyme Feb 2013 #5
Catch2.2 Feb 2013 #6
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #7
xxqqqzme Feb 2013 #8
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #9
michigandem58 Feb 2013 #45
yurbud Feb 2013 #12
DinahMoeHum Feb 2013 #25
michigandem58 Feb 2013 #44
yurbud Feb 2013 #47
Tom Rinaldo Feb 2013 #13
tpsbmam Feb 2013 #16
countryken Feb 2013 #46
zipplewrath Feb 2013 #17
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #19
Auggie Feb 2013 #10
yurbud Feb 2013 #11
abelenkpe Feb 2013 #24
tpsbmam Feb 2013 #14
11 Bravo Feb 2013 #15
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #20
alittlelark Feb 2013 #40
TeamPooka Feb 2013 #18
msongs Feb 2013 #21
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #22
Jeff In Milwaukee Feb 2013 #23
xxqqqzme Feb 2013 #26
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #27
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #28
Cha Feb 2013 #29
loudsue Feb 2013 #30
Iwillnevergiveup Feb 2013 #31
rhett o rick Feb 2013 #32
Kingofalldems Feb 2013 #33
judesedit Feb 2013 #34
Greybnk48 Feb 2013 #35
BlueStreak Feb 2013 #36
Shanti Mama Feb 2013 #38
Faryn Balyncd Feb 2013 #39
appacom Feb 2013 #41
PBass Feb 2013 #42
NBachers Feb 2013 #43
Cha Feb 2013 #48

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:11 AM

1. ha!

smart!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:43 AM

2. You can bet your butt I'll be making a donation TODAY!!! Thanks for the heads up.

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Response to Little Star (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:47 AM

4. I'm in!

Anyone who cares ought to share. After all, it's MONEY alone that greases the wheels of DC.

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Response to Plucketeer (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:08 PM

37. Me too!

Proud supporter of her campaign, and even though she's in Massachusetts and I'm in California, I STILL feel that she represents many of my interests. VERY pleased, so far, with the returns on my investment in her!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:47 AM

3. This is GREAT. I honestly believe she wakes up every morning thinking about ways

to make this country better!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:59 AM

5. I've just tried to contribute

"and unknown error" has come up 4 times. I will try again later.

I can't afford to. I can't afford not to. We'll see if I can contribute later...

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:03 PM

6. Yes!

Can't tell you how glad I am Elizabeth Warren was elected! I will be donating!

Warren / Sanders 2014!

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Response to Catch2.2 (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:08 PM

7. 2014?

?

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:12 PM

8. Explain it to me.

I think Elizabeth Warren is the best thing to come along since Bernie Sanders. So why do we need yet another PAC w/ the same goals as say...DFA? There is a finite amount of money available to us. We are not deep pockets. Can't these PACs look first before yet another one is formed? What am I missing?

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:14 PM

9. Building a national political power base

and a list of national political donors and activists.

The kind of thing politicians with designs on higher office do to lay the groundwork.

And it'll help people.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:51 AM

45. "politicians with designs on higher office"

 

Don't get my hopes up, Mr. Pitt.

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:19 PM

12. for one cynical reason: multiple small targets are harder to kill than one big one

one group can be ACORNed, its leaders blackmailed into diluting their message and actions, but it takes a lot of time, money and effort to do that to a lot of organizations.

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Response to yurbud (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:27 PM

25. Yep, the bad guys prefer to face one shark than 100 piranhas. . .

. . .when they've got the spear-gun.

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Response to yurbud (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:50 AM

44. True, and the Democrats were complete cowards on ACORN

 

Don't get me started!

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Response to michigandem58 (Reply #44)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:17 PM

47. Democrats have dropped the ball so often they might as well not have arms

like the historic protests in Wisconsin that got channeled into a recall, and the best the Democrats could do was rerun their lame candidate that Scott Walker had already beaten.

Or the Clinton Justice Department not prosecuting Iran Contra & October Surprise crimes and as a thank you, getting ten years of the GOP talking about his dick and trying to impeach him.

And the pass Democrats gave Baby Bush once they regained control of the House and Senate certainly wasn't repaid with collegiality by the Republicans once Obama got into office.

The only explanation for all the times they've refused an easy homerun is they aren't on our team: they see Republicans as the favored fellow dog of the same Wall Street and corporate masters, and Dems they know they can't win the master's favor by leaving the gate open so the favorite runs out into the street and gets run over.

In short, we are bystanders, not the target audience.

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:21 PM

13. What Will said plus this...

Most of us are at least a little bit more responsive to giving support directly to someone who we respect greatly when asked to by that person. A display of loyalty toward someone who has been there for you when it mattered is almost hard wired in most people. Warren is the type of person who can pull in a little more money than would have been donated to her political causes otherwise if she wasn't asking for it personally. It's a good move all the way around.

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:32 PM

16. I don't have deep pockets either and typically give to select progressive candidates.....

NEVER to the DNC, DCCC, etc. Those are too right-wing for me and support a whole lot of candidates I don't want to support or elect.

Elizabeth Warren is one of an incredibly rare number of people (like I could count the number on fewer fingers than I have on one hand) I trust to spend the money and support candidates who I'd support. If I find a large number I don't agree with, I'll stop my monthly donations to her PAC. But I have enough faith in her that I think she'll pick the best candidates for my support to go to.

So......I set up small monthly payments for a year! I'll still be able to make small donations to individual candidates, but I view funding her PAC as a smart way to fund the best candidates.

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Response to tpsbmam (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:12 AM

46. I'm with you, tpsbmam

I too have given up on giving to the DNC, DSCC, etc. when I realized that they'll funnel my money to the likes of Ben Nelson and his ilk. This past cycle, I targeted my donations to Elizabeth Warren, Alan Grayson, and Barack Obama. It was money well spent! I'll be participating in Senator Warren's (sounds good to say it) PAC!

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #8)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:39 PM

17. To elect Warren

Look, I like her. I'll probably donate a big check to this thing. I donated to her first campaign. But make no mistake what this really is. This is a "re-elect Warren" PAC. PAC's can do things than campaigns can't. I'd be surprised if every single senator doesn't have a PAC. It is how the game is played and she's gonna play.

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Response to zipplewrath (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:03 PM

19. well sh'YUH!

I wouldn't want people on my team NOT knowing how to play the game! Best defense is a good offense.

It's a frikken godsend that someone who shares our human values and has shown so far that she is trustworthy and unafraid ALSO knows how to play the game and is gonna PLAY. In this case, playing the game not a bad thing. (Although, it's not *play* and it's not a *game* I also think that often, when people are flipping out about PO looking like he's betraying our values, it's an artifact of having to play the game.

(This isn't meant to blast you, zipplewraith, by the way.... I just got fired up. )

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:16 PM

10. Count me in! A wonderful idea!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:17 PM

11. I'd like to see her at the top of the ticket in 2016 instead of some DLC retread

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Response to yurbud (Reply #11)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:22 PM

24. Me too nt

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:25 PM

14. Just set up monthly payments for a year. :-)

I can't give a lot at a time but I can give a little each month without really feeling it, so that's what I did. EXCELLENT cause! Money definitely well spent.

totally love Senator Warren & trust her to spend her PAC money the way I'd want

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:28 PM

15. For my 15,000th post I say K,R,&D ... (Kicked, Recommended, and Donated)!

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #15)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:04 PM

20. cool!

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:59 AM

40. Love It !!!!!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:00 PM

18. k+r!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:09 PM

21. she is now an official "washington insider" nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #21)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:11 PM

22. (facepalm)

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:22 PM

23. Done...

Outside of the election cycle, I tend to stay away from political contributions. But for Sen. Warren, I'll make an exception.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:35 PM

26. Thank you everyone.

I know PACs changed the game but didn't know how. But I am getting it.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:35 PM

27. Went to my inbox...and there it was, right on top....

Of course, I'd join anything Elizabeth Warren asked me to join.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:41 PM

28. K&R

Already donated when I got her email.

Please proceed, Senator!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:51 PM

29. Sounds Brilliant.. "A Level Playing Field"!

Thanks for the News from Elizabeth, Will!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:38 PM

30. Great idea!

$$$$ Time to pony up.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:16 PM

31. Elizabeth

Just ask, and you shall receive. It worked out very well for Alan Grayson - thousands of small donations got him re-elected. If either of them ask (and a couple others), I will give.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:05 PM

32. First let me say I will follow Sen Warren anywhere. But,

we already have organizations like Progressive Change Campaign Committee to do this. I dont want us to get too fragmented with our donations.

Secondly, it is important to note that she wants to do this outside the Democratic Party. IMO if you give to the DNC or other Democratic organization, they might give your money to a Blue Dog and let a progressive swing in the wind. Seems she might agree.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:08 PM

33. Republicans fear her

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 06:40 PM

34. I will donate

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 07:31 PM

35. I donated this afternoon

I hope everyone will give what they can.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 09:44 PM

36. Not that I don't trust her (I do), but she didn't say what the PAC will do

Are they going to buy ads like MoveOn?

Are they going to try to find progressive candidates and support them?

Are they going to try to "primary" Blue Dogs?

What's the game plan?

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:03 PM

38. Never thought I'd be a PAC founding member

But this is the one for me

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Response to Shanti Mama (Reply #38)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:06 PM

39. Same here.... now a founder as well.









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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:28 AM

41. I'm in too. And it looks like I'm in real good company

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 02:49 AM

42. A successful PAC gives you clout in the Senate.

Clout means you get prized committee appointments, your colleagues listen to you/cooperate with you, and you're considered by everyone to be a mover/shaker, and not a back-bencher. If you call a press conference, people show up.

Nancy Pelosi is the best fundraiser in the Democratic Party, even better than Barack Obama I believe. Ever wonder how she got to hold the Speaker's gavel? (I love Nancy Pelosi BTW, and consider fundraising part of the process, even if the process is currently distorted and needs adjustments). Ever wonder why Chuck Schumer is always on TV as a spokesman for Democrats? He is a huge fundraising machine, so he has clout inside the party.

With Elizabeth Warren's PAC she can build up a war chest for her reelection, she can shift funds to favored colleagues who need help getting reelected, and cultivate new talent. She can marshall people together and hold sway. It gives her leverage in Congress, in other words, political power. (Does this sound icky? Because this part and parcel of how our government process works).

I will definitely send Senator Warren's PAC some money, because I love her! I try to support specific candidates or liberal organizations now, rather than sending my money to the DCCC or DSCC... The Blue Dogs and big establishment groups like DSCC can cultivate the big spenders, they don't need my help. Consider it 'voting with your dollars' -- it really does matter a lot. We want Senator Warren to have clout!

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:35 AM

43. Signed up and donated- I like that Warren's PAC is on ActBlue- it's frightfully easy to contribute

If you like what you see in Elizabeth Warren, and you want more of the same, then this is the hot place to donate.

ActBlue's total at this point: $136,700

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:02 PM

48. Just wanted to say how much I ADORE

Elizabeth! Out there on the Front Lines against the maniacal Plutocrats.. fighting for us; and Beating Scott Brown!

Elizabeth Warren

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