Ideas for raising money / effort for the 2020 GA senate races 🍑

Every week I will be raising money for the GA senate races, starting today:

My plan is to do it in this order, with the same basic strategy:

  • Week 1, split contribution (Warnock, Ossoff, Fairfight)
  • Week 2, Fairfight
  • Week 3, Warnock
  • Week 4, Ossoff

(weeks 5-8, TBD)

Where else can I invite people to send $ (or effort, or both) that will be effective? Suggestions welcome.

I know it’s far from certain that these races will win, but I want to be able to say we did absolutely everything we could prior to the GA runoff elections. Mitch has to be stopped.

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And here’s a handy linktree someone posted to Twitter as well, for ways to help in Georgia

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Does anyone know of a good source for Georgia demcratic voter turnout postcard writing & mailing, specific to the runoff?

My partner did a bunch of these for the election (over 800!) but is having trouble finding a source this time around. It’s mail so the sooner the better!

We also did voter turnout texting which was … interesting. If you haven’t done that, I can recommend it. My personal feeling is that texting is the best way to reach the younger voters we so desperately need to turn out…

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Doing my small part. Will probably match this donation next month and again in January.

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Only suggestion would be to ask @orenwolf or other mods to set aside any shame and pin this to the top so that we can keep encouraging people to dig deep and donate for the next two months.

This shit is WAY TOO IMPORTANT. With Biden’s win in Georgia today, the Republicans are going to come out of the woodwork for this runoff and we need to hold them off and win these elections.

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Thanks for doing this, @codinghorror!

I’m reluctant to do this permanently for months because there are other discussions about this going on as well. However @codinghorror feel free to pin this to the category when you have an active fundraiser going on if you wish. I think that’s appropriate.

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This is where I’ve donated:

(You can stop reading now if you want to avoid a pessimistic rant)

About the “effective” part: I just don’t know. As someone who’s donated more to this year’s senate campaigns than I ever have in past years, I have to say I’m wondering if, once you pass a certain threshold, spending additional money on a campaign fails to help at all. Obviously there are diminishing returns when it comes to ad spending, but does it actually start to actively hurt a campaign at some point? I’m sure the political consultants have an opinion on this but I wonder if experts who don’t have a direct financial stake in the outcome have studied this.

In South Carolina Harrison spent $104m (!) and still lost by a margin of 10% to that sh*tweasel Graham who spent $44m less. That’s a budget of about $94.50 for every individual vote that Harrison received and it still wasn’t enough. Maybe we need to get more creative with how we spend this money rather than just buy more traditional ads.

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I appreciate it, but a pin feels excessive.

I think this one, unlike the McGrath race, was worth it. But yeah it’s completely fair to note that the record of “let’s throw lots of money at senate races!” has been quite poor to date.

That’s why I am leaning towards contributing money (and time/effort) to organizations that work on getting out the vote beyond a single campaign – over a series of years, even decades.*

You can also take a bigger picture view: sure, maybe we didn’t win this race… but look at the trend… look at the demographic shifts… and let’s continue building on top of that trend. We can lose the battle, and still win the war later.

But I will be doing both of these things for GA: contribute to the campaigns directly, plus Fairfight, plus other “get out the vote” orgs.

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Here’s the timeline

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OK, so thanks to a friend of mine we have many weeks to get this done:

date item raised dest
Week of Nov 9 iPad Air (blue, A14) :white_check_mark: $10402 Ossoff / Warnock / Fairfight
Week of Nov 16 Macbook Air (M1) :white_check_mark: $14026 Fairfight
Week of Nov 23 iPad Air (blue, A14) ? → Warnock
Week of Nov 30 Macbook Air (M1) ? → Ossoff
Week of Dec 7 Lenovo Ryzen laptop (blue) × 2 ? → TBD
Week of Dec 14 OnePlus 8 Pro (blue) ? → TBD
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Details on the postcard writing effort, which is now underway for GA:

How It Works

  1. Sign Up
    We’ll send you an email with instructions
  2. Become an Approved Writer
    Write a practice postcard and email us a photo following instructions in the email
  3. Approval
    • Approved – We’ll send you addresses and information on how to obtain additional addresses
    • Not Approved – You will receive an email detailing why and how to fix it
  4. Request Addresses
  5. Keep up with Current Campaigns on Facebook and Twitter

My partner has already started writing postcards, and today is a good day to sign up!

  1. Text JOIN to Abby The Address Bot at 484-275-2229‬

    or

  2. Email us at Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org

If anyone needs funds for postcard stamps (currently 35 cents) or postcards ($14 for 100), feel free to PM me, happy to contribute, I can cover that via PayPal. If you’ve got the time, I can help.

Some of these are really impressive, so artistic:

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Week 2 is underway

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I went ahead and texted the bot to get started. You get an email inviting you to write a sample postcard, take a picture of it, and mail it to them for validation, along with verbal agreement that you’ll follow their rules.

It is BYOPP (bring your own postcards and postage) but as I mentioned, I am happy to cover the cost of postcards and postage (via PayPal) for anyone interested in helping out. I also donated $50 to the effort itself.

As you can see I kinda have serial killer handwriting so I’m only planning to do 200 of these ideally this coming week. But I will do a fair bit of text banking once the dates are closer:

  • Wed 11/18/2020 earliest date to mail an absentee ballot (already passed)
  • Mon 12/07/2020 voter registration deadline
  • Mon 12/14/2020 early voting begins
  • Tues 01/05/2021 voting day

This syncs up well with the weekly fundraisers every monday: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, Dec 7th, Dec 14th

Getting into the spirit of things with postcard writing, here’s part of my second batch of 10. Note that it can take 24 hours for your “account” to be active via the texting and email request systems.

As I mentioned before, happy to cover stamps and postcard costs via PayPal if anyone wants to pitch in.

(I hope my postcard stamps arrive next week, been using regular stamps for now as I have a bunch.)

Week 3 is underway

Other Georgia resources via AOC

Here’s the donation link, 100% of donations split across these 6 groups:

  1. Fairfight – https://fairfight.com/
  2. New GA Project Action Fund – https://newgeorgiaproject.org/
  3. GALEO – https://galeo.org/
  4. SONG Power PAC – https://unleashpower.org/
  5. Mijente PAC – https://mijente.net/
  6. Asian American Advocacy fund – https://www.asianamericanadvocacyfund.org/

I’m in for $600 to start, I think it makes sense to balance donations between individual campaigns right now in GA, as well as strategic “get out the vote” groups running on longer timescales…

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