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Fund-raising smackdown

I haven't made up my mind as to whether or not I agree with his views, but I definitely like his tactics. It started off with this post to Howard Dean's Blog:

[Cheney] will address a private luncheon reception July 28 at the home of Gayle Averyt, former chairman of Colonial Life Insurance Co. The noon affair, costing $2,000 a person, is by invitation only...Warren Tompkins, a Columbia-based consultant and Atlantic regional director for Bush-Cheney, said the campaign hopes to raise between $200,000 and $250,000. ... We're thinking about bringing out the bat on Monday the 28th. We're thinking that you could demonstrate to Dick Cheney that there is another way to raise $250,000 in one day-- through the people who own this democracy, rather than the special interests that buy it. What do you think? Should we bring out the bat? What should we call the event?

So how did the smackdown fare?

Boston Globe Online / Nation | World / In changing sphere, Dean's Net fund-raising outdoes Cheney

By 11 p.m. Sunday, the total had reached $250,000, the initial estimate of what Cheney had been expected to raise, based on newspaper reports about his visit.

By noon, when Cheney's lunch started, Dean's total stood at $344,428. The number of donors totaled 6,558 -- about 6,400 more than Cheney's.

Cheney donor's gave $2000 a pop. Dean supporters averaged $52.

(all of this via Doc Searls)


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