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11

fighting back

June 30th at 11:59 p.m. is the first big deadline of this campaign. At that moment, we’ll close the books on this financial quarter and begin preparing our fundraising report to the Federal Election Commission, the press, and the public.

Our opponents are chasing Washington lobbyists and special-interest PACs for big checks ahead of the deadline …..we refuse money from Washington lobbyists and special-interest PACs. And rather than setting a goal of millions of dollars, we’re setting a goal of 550,000 grassroots donations by the June 30th deadline.

The number of contributions we earn in this quarter will be the definitive record of how strong our support was at the very start … Will you chip in another $15 or whatever you can afford to help us hit our goal? ….What happens between now and Thursday will shape the story of how the 2012 race began.

Help write that story with a donation of $15 or more here

Thanks,

Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

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Washington Post: Crossroads GPS, a conservative-aligned outside organization, is pledging to spend $20 million over the next two months on ads aimed at shaping the national debate on jobs, the economy and the federal debt.

….The first wave of ads will begin airing Monday with a $5 million buy that will include national cable television as well as broadcast stations in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Virginia. The initial flight of ads will run for two weeks.

More here

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Roll Call: Familiar faces are behind a new effort to challenge President Barack Obama. The Republican operatives who created Tea Party Express, the leading political action committee of the tea party movement, recently launched a separate PAC called the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama.

By creating the independent group, the organizers can raise more money and be a stronger force in the upcoming presidential race.

The new group has the ambitious goal of organizing 1 million people against the president through television ads, online petitions and grass-roots events. More than 46,000 people have signed the group’s online petition “to defeat Barack Obama” since January.

More here


56 Responses to “fighting back”


  1. 1 Tulips
    June 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Chipstick i am unemployed and will only be able to contribute twice a week. so if you keep this where i can find it i would be glad to donate when my income comes in. i can pledge at least $25 every 2 weeks.

    • 2 gc
      June 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Tulips – I don’t work during summer (I’m a Sub) but husband does fine – so today I’ll donate once for myself and once for you. If you want it specifically from you, leave me some idea, or I’ll put it in a memo if a field is supplied….g

      • 3 GGail
        June 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm

        gc – what a kind gesture! God bless you!!!!!

        • 4 utaustinliberal
          June 25, 2011 at 2:51 pm

          Oh gc bless your heart. May the good Lord continue to bless you and yours. Hey Tulips I’ll be praying for things to look better on the horizon for you. Never ever lose HOPE. 🙂

          • 5 utaustinliberal
            June 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

            ps: Tulips, when more money comes my way (poor college student…. lol) and I’m donating again, I’ll put in a donation for you. 😉

    • June 25, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      Oh Tulips, you’re just the best. These pleas for donations must be very hard for people who are unemployed and/or are struggling to make ends meet, so please don’t ever feel pressured by them. You’re just amazing that you’d try to donate like that. I wish you all the best in the world finding work, you’re a treasure.

  2. June 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    That is how we beat them.
    And chip, we need a coordinated money bomb with all the other pro Obama sites.
    Maybe wednesday or even Friday, the last day you can donate for this quarter!
    Please, let’s all do this together?

    • 8 Karen Sr.
      June 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      I’m in. I’ll be watching to see what day y’all decide to do this. During the 2008 season every time Palin attacked, I (along with a bunch of other like-minded supporters) donated to the Obama coffers. I will be doing that again.

      • 9 utaustinliberal
        June 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm

        Oh I’m In too. This is a great idea. Since Thursday June 30th, 2011 at 11:59 pm is the deadline for donations this quarter we could pick tuesday or wednesday and just flood http://www.barackobama.com with donations.

        After I donated, I checked the page and we’re now up to 376, 674 grassroots donations. Woohooooooo SUCK ON THAT msm, PL and rightwingers.

  3. 10 GGail
    June 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    YES WE CAN!

  4. June 25, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    FIRED UP…!!

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  5. 12 Fred
    June 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    46.000.000 assholes is a scary # 😯

    • June 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      It’s not that hard to get a bunch of keyboard warriors to sign a petition. They’ve only gotten 46,000 since January. Not a good start if they want to get to one million. People signing petitions online is not an indicator of people willing to contribute money regularly. Especially when that particular organization has proven itself to be less than worthless as an organizing entity. The Tea Party Express was an epic fail.

      It’s those super pac ads the next two months that we need to be finding ways to counter.

  6. 14 GGail
    June 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Hey guys – check out Chipsticks OFA site. It only needs $80.00 more dollars to reach her goal of $3,000. YES WE CAN!

  7. 15 Tracy
    June 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I just put in $50 and it said total to date was $2020 (prior to the $50).

  8. 17 N
    June 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    This is a cool article about Chipstick’s Youtube account and the baby whisperer video that went viral: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/06/whos-behind-recent-flood-adorable-obama-memes/39242/

    • 18 Doris
      June 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      It certainly is N. Thanks for posting. 🙂

    • 19 COS
      June 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      FANTASTIC!!!! Thanks Chipsticks. I am happy that all of your work is being recognized. You have so much variety.

    • 20 Betty's Girl
      June 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Congratulations Chips! I think TOD will play a role in the next elections.

    • 21 Karen Sr.
      June 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      This is really cool.

    • June 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      Well, that’s embarrassing. But the guy needs to update his post, I replied to him this morning giving him all the details of where the videos came from! Thanks N.

      • 23 Karen Sr.
        June 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm

        I think his article does trace some of the videos to their origins, but I didn’t notice an update. I’m glad more will see your channel and all the great comments there.

        • 24 utaustinliberal
          June 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

          Wooohoooo Chipsticks aka Chica. You’re a hit and fast becoming a celebrity! 😀 The author of the article says he contacted this elusive fan of Obama for an interview but no reply. Well no shit sherlock; when you get stuff wrong saying that The Obama Diary is seldom updated. Helloooooo? Are you on planet “lives under a rock”?

          I’m so chuffed and beyond myself with happiness for you Chipsticks. Good people; no scratch that – GREAT individuals like you deserve all the good things that have and will come your way. I sincerely hope the White House and the campaign HQ’s knows about this website b/c they sure could take a tip in marketing, branding and communications strategy from you.

      • June 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm

        Congrats, Chips! Do you think I could get your autograph now before you become too famous for the likes of me? Write me a letter with your signature and I’ll promise not to sell it, no matter the future ups and downs in my life. 😉 😉

        • June 26, 2011 at 12:01 am

          An autograph would be no problem VC, I’ll even offer you a discount because you’re a TOD friend – how does $1,888,389,738 sound?

          • June 26, 2011 at 1:22 am

            Sigh! 😦 The distancing has already started – from TOD family member to TOD friend ‘with the stroke of a pen’!!! I’ll pay (especially with the disocunt) but do you think you could reinstate my family position? PLEASE. 😆 😆 Good night, sleep tight and enjoy happy dreams!

  9. June 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Sounds like Rove has something up his sleeve to control the August recess “silly season”. He wants to get his messaging out to try and control the townhalls in the swing states.

    • June 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      No, just the Koch brothers mad at the president for releasing the oil reserves, and such.

    • 30 Karen Sr.
      June 25, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      The good news about August is most people are on vacation and not paying attention. Not to worry. There’s still plenty of time to knock down the smears. We just have to get aggressive. I’m saving relevant articles to my favorites so I can pull them and link them when I need them. I’m an armchair warrior. LOL

  10. 31 Betty's Girl
    June 25, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I would think this is a bid mistake for the Repubs! The economy and jobs is not their strong points. Seems like to me Rove and this wing of the party are trying to get out ahead of the crazy right wingers in their own party. I will definitely begin donating very soon.

  11. June 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    You see? Kim Messina pit this on OFA about an hour ago. And within minutes, we have trolls galore over there.

    Saying, I used to support the president but now I would ask him why he blah blah blah!

    If you want trolls, just say you want to fundraise!

    Another one of their strategies figured out! Bling bling!

  12. 33 Brian
    June 25, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    The first 3 responses to this post sum up perfectly what is so special about this site and the people on it. I would love to be able to show this to Mme. Palin and be able to say, “See, Sarah. THIS is what ‘REAL America’ looks like!”

  13. 35 utaustinliberal
    June 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve already donated recently but now they’ve really PISSED ME THE FUCK OFF! Nobody and I mean NOBODY gangs up against OUR President. I’m off to donate. Republicans: You’ve stepped on the scorpion’s tail and you’re about to be stung big time. Thanks for this Chipsticks.

  14. 36 LunarSea
    June 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Loved that article about your Youtube clip. Good on you ChipsChica. My only beef is this small line ‘who found it on the seldom updated Obama Daily blog on LiveJournal.’ I’m thinking what? Seldom updated? I am always so far behind when I check in at night because of all the post and comments that occur during the day. Oh well, hopefully the writer will visit regularly and not only become a dedicated TODer but also another voice like the one he says the 2012 campaign needs.

    Gotta run before I miss the closing bell at an errand I must do. So sorry to post and run. Have a great day all. And again, congrats Chipsticks

    • June 26, 2011 at 12:00 am

      ‘who found it on the seldom updated Obama Daily blog on LiveJournal.’

      I don’t believe this was describing our TOD blog. I took it to mean exactly what it said, the ‘Obama Daily’.

  15. 38 N
    June 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Lots of great photos of FLOTUS’s trip in Botswana from the US Embassy’s flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassybotswana

  16. 39 Debz
    June 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I’m so happy that Karl Rove and friends are throwing their money away. PBO has been under attack since the day he took the oath of office, nothing new here, other than to rile up the loony base. What possible effect can these ads have on an election one and a half year away? The economy in June ’12 will be much different than it is today. They must be counting on the repugs voting against raising the debt limit, in which case the polls show that voters will blame the repugs and not PBO.

    • 40 Betty's Girl
      June 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      I totally agree Debz! Also, they could not turn those polls about Paul Ryan’s budget plan. I think the President is demostrating what an effective politician he is. He and the Dems have done a good job setting the debate in the country. It will be about jobs but more important who does the American public trust to create those jobs and how to create jobs. The Repubs talk about cutting taxes and the trickle down effect has run its course.

      • 41 Debz
        June 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm

        It is going to be difficult for the repugs to sell their nonsense this time. Between the Ryan budget and all of the repub govs taking away worker’s rights, cutting funding for schools and laying off workers. I would say that voters are finally waking up. All of these attack ads are saying nothing new, it’s the same we have all been hearing from them for decades. One big difference this time is that they are not even trying to hide their disdain for the middle class and are proud of their plans to destroy medicare and ss, in the past they just danced around these issues.

  17. June 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Love that you are getting props Chipsticks but this site also needs to get some props.Maybe we should all send him a note about TOD and how it changes many times daily. We should all send him messages with the heading ” Chipsticks, The Obama Diary” I also like to donate when they have the matching donations for the campaign. Maybe it is to early to see this happen. I’m in for the money bombs idea.

    • 43 GGail
      June 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      barb, you must have missed this:
      Contribute $3 or more to our Million Dollar Match campaign right now. House Democrats will now match every dollar you give with two of their own, tripling your impact.

      • 44 Debz
        June 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm

        GGail, does this money go to the house democrats or to PBO’s campaign?

      • June 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        Thanks GGAil……………..I’m off to do that. So if I contribute $100 they will make it $300? I want to contribute to Chips site. Where can I find this Million Dollar Match campaign? If they are separate, I will do both. Thanks.

        • 47 GGail
          June 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm

          To combat this move, Democratic Leader Pelosi has announced that House Democrats will now triple-match every grassroots contribution received before the mid-year Federal Election Commission (FEC) deadline on June 30th. I sent this email to Chipsticks on Thursday. Maybe Chipsticks can help us with this!!!! 🙂

        • 48 GGail
          June 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm

          Yes, they are different. The triple pledge is from the Democratic Congressional Committee Campaign and Chipsticks is OFA, but it all is going to help re-elect President Obama. So give what you can to where you can barb.

        • June 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm

          If you go to google and type in Million Dollar Match campaign, you will find all types of organizations using this title. They are bombing the internet with “Million Dollar Campaign” from the Bush School, RiverParkCenter, Humane Society. Nampa Christian School etc. So we have to be very careful that we know who we are contributomg to. What I found was the DCCC but that was for March 31. We need some clarification please.

  18. June 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks GGail, I just went to my email and I have letters from individual state candidates from all over the country asking for money but I do have one from Pelosi. I will use your link and see what happens. It is probably the same as the Pelosi one I have. Thank you so much. I am in for the BOMBS. lol

  19. 54 AnitaW
    June 25, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    cross posted at TOAITR:

    I donated $25.00 to the cause.

    By the way, I got a call from the DCCC asking for money. I told them that I was sorely disappointed in that Libya vote and I would be giving to the DNC and OFA.

  20. 55 Anonymous
    June 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    President Obama’s next major fundraising filing will show a dramatic increase in the number of small donors so far this year compared with 2008, his campaign said Saturday.

    “We had 180,000 contributors at this point in the last campaign; now it’s well over 300,000,” said spokesman Ben LaBolt in an email previewing the upcoming filing. LaBolt declined to elaborate except to say in his note that the filing will show “small dollar contributors back in greater numbers.”

  21. 56 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
    June 27, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Thanks Debz for your sane and spot on comments. I have donated to the Obama for America Dinner promotion. We will not capitulate to fear, hate, and divisiveness. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!!


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