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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 04:02 PM
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A Truly Momentous Decision - Kerry ad in USA Today
http://www.johnkerry.com /



A Truly Momentous Decision
Within a matter of days, the Senate could face a truly momentous decision one with consequences that will reverberate across America for decades to come.

Senator Frist, the Republican Majority Leader, has a plan to make President Bushs judicial nominations immune to a Senate filibuster. If he can convince enough Republican Senators to go along, the nomination and confirmation of judges will become a tightly-controlled, one-party affair.

When Republican Senators returned to Washington after their last recess, the johnkerry.com community greeted them with a powerful message in the USA Today.

See the ad for yourself and tell us we can count you among those members of the johnkerry.com community who personally support its message. And, if at all possible, make a donation to help pay for our USA Today ad and our efforts to mobilize people to contact their Republican Senators.

Please let us know right now that we can count you among those who support our call for Republican Senators to stand on principle. Thanks for helping with this important effort.

View the ad and be counted - http://www.johnkerry.com/petition/usatoday.php /
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EVDebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 04:05 PM
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1. What program or policy are the Repubs willing to lose if they go forward ?
Dems must show that there will be consequences for this heinous act. An elimination of ANY deals on SS ? What else ?
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James T. Kirk Donating Member (916 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 04:15 PM
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2. I think the Dem Senators should vote "no" for all bad nominees.
Let's have a vote and vote them down! With the moderate Republicans unwilling to back extremists, it should be a slam dunk!
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tkmorris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 05:37 PM
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4. Won't work
The "moderate" Republicans are voting straight party line, they are having their arms twisted by the extremists. An up or down vote means every single nominee will get rubber-stamped.
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James T. Kirk Donating Member (916 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 07:58 PM
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17. It wouldn't be so much a rubber stamp ...
as it would be a narrowly won confirmation or rejection. The whole senate would have to vote and they would have recorded votes in the record and everything, not just a rubber stamp.
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Laura PourMeADrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 05:19 PM
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3. Glad he's leading this BUT how much money does he have
left - at last count? JEEZE. I am still pissed about paying for recounts that didn't happen
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cestpaspossible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 05:46 PM
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5. Although I don't really believe you mean the question sincerely,
Edited on Mon Apr-11-05 05:47 PM by cestpaspossible
the answer is:

Soon after the November election, Democratic officials learned Kerry had more than $15 million left from his campaign account. After transfers to pay pending legal expenses and primary season bills, Kerry was expected to have just shy of $10 million in his primary campaign account.

Since that time, Kerry has given $1 million to the Democrats' Senate campaign committee, paid more than $250,000 to help pay for the successful recount effort for Christine Gregoire in the Washington state governor's race and donated money to help Democrats in House special elections in Louisiana.
Kerry Donates $1 Million to DNC


So, just under $10 million, minus $1 million to the DSCC, minus $250,000 to the Gregoire recount, minus $1 million to the DNC, minus $500,000 to the DCCC leaves just under $7.25 million that Kerry hasn't given away yet, minus whatever he donated in Louisiana.
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Laura PourMeADrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 05:50 PM
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6. OK, so are you saying the ad is more than $7.25 million ?
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cestpaspossible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 06:02 PM
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7. OK so are you saying that Antwerp is in the Belgian Congo?
:wtf: are you talking aboout?

"What I'm saying" is what I said
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 06:13 PM
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9. That was hysterical
I do appreciate a good smart ass comment.
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 06:12 PM
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8. No, he's saying that Kerry is giving the money where needed in the party
and no, I don't think he was looking to blow the rest of his wad on one USA Today ad. The money he's talking about is primary money anyway, which means those who gave to him at that point actually believed in him and probably wouldn't mind that he's still has their money, as they likely would still like to see him elected at some point.

AS for the, what was that fund called, GELAC fund I think, I don't know how much was in there or where it ended up going. Back to the DNC? Was it a John Kerry fund thing or a DNC fund thing?

I don't claim to know election finance much at all really. But then many still having a hairy cat fit about some of this stuff probably couldn't claim that either.
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cestpaspossible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 06:21 PM
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10. What's ironic is that Brazile started this attack, and HER guy
Gore, held onto ALL OF THE 2000 MONEY - millions - for FOUR YEARS. No donations to anyone. Pot. Kettle. Black. :eyes:

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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 06:47 PM
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14. NO SHIT! What was up with that?
I don't understand Brazille. And I don't completely trust her.
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kerrygoddess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 06:49 PM
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15. The money left over was Primary money...
It could only be used during the Primaries and not once the General Election cycle started. Much of that money has already dispersed to the DNC and other candidates. It CAN NOT be used for Kerry's new PAC, Friends of John Kerry, Inc.

The Recount money or GELAC was used for the hundreds of lawyers who investigated the hundreds of faud claims.

Friends of John Kerry, Inc can only use money raised through that PAC. It's my understanding that many of Kerry's top fundraisers are still on board and supporting his efforts with his PAC.
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kerrygoddess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 06:41 PM
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11. Recount money was used to pay for lawyers
Edited on Mon Apr-11-05 06:41 PM by kerrygoddess
That did look into all of the many allegations of voter fraud. I believe it's all been accounted for.
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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 06:45 PM
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13. The 17000 lawyers or so?
It would make sense that they weren't working pro bono. I kinda assumed they were, but that would be asking alot of a person. Taking time out from your job and life, AND doing it for not even living expenses.

Just because we didn't have Gore-style recounts, doesn't mean there weren't people out there doing stuff. I wonder what's happening with all that info. Surely these people were debriefed in some way.

So that leaves the primary money, and as I said before, those people likely gave to Kerry because they supported him and wanted him for prez. They probably wouldn't mind him still trying for that goal.
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kerrygoddess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 06:43 PM
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12. We got ads everywhere! Or Kerry does!
Good for him... an ad for the Filibuster mess and also the Bolton ad running in R.I., asking R.I.'ers to contact Chaffee!

Here's a link for the Bolton ad - http://www.johnkerry.com/action/chafee-ad.php
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demokatgurrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-11-05 06:53 PM
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16. Thank you, it is SOOO good to see him in a crowd again. n/t
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