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“It's time to stand up - not to cheer, but to fight back.”
--Senator Russ Feingold, On Executive Power. (Daily Kos, 2006-02-02)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Announcing RussForPresident 3.0

RunRussRun.comDraftRussFeingoldforPresidentin2008There have been a lot of posts in a lot of places mentioning vague developments for the "Draft Russ Feingold" movement in the near future. Well, it's November 8th, we own the Congress, and "Daffy" Donald Rumsfeld is an unpleasant memory. In other words the future here.

Click here to beat the crowd and sign up at

We're very pleased to announce the launch of, which replaces as the national headquarters of the Draft Feingold for President movement.

Click here to sign up at

The new site was developed by Internet activists from 16 states and 5 national constituency groups. We looked very carefully at what worked and what didn't in our state-level organizations, our former national site, and previous presidential draft movements. Emerging technology helped us solve most of the problems we saw, emphasize what worked best, and open up what we think is a new kind of site for on-line activism.

Click here to sign up at gives members access to a wide array of services including: a customized activism road map, interaction with other members across the country, and direct access to free tools for building local and state-level groups and activities. It also features up-to-the-minute news from the Feingold for President state and community blogs, discussion forums, and an option to pledge donations to a future Feingold presidential campaign.

The effort to convince Senator Feingold to make a presidential run traces back to December, 2004 when the first Russ Feingold for President blog was started by current Washington University law student Daniel Kuehnert. Since then, the effort has grown to include 16 state blogs and numerous nationwide sites, including, which was founded in February 2005 by University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student Matthew Wallock. Steering Committee member, Minnesota resident and political activist Joel Clemmer, says "The movement has grown tremendously and needs a new face for the final push. Our goal over the next few months is to double our membership and bring at least five more states on line."

Take a moment to show your support and sign up at

Monday, October 30, 2006

Russ' GOTV Speech Last Night

I had the opportunity to attend this meeting last night. It was meant to be a very Wisconsin-centric Get Out the Vote event, and it was. But I think, even if you have no interest in Wisconsin politics, it's interesting to see how the crowd responds to Russ. There's also a nice general-interest bit in the beginning about 26 years of the extreme right in America.

It's a shame that the video doesn't show the crowd response when Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz suggested that Russ move from his current residence in Middleton to something on Pennsylvania Avenue. It brought the house down.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Lamont vs. Lieberman: The Links

Thanks to Tim Tageris for pointing out these important resources on the Connecticut Senate Race:

Joe Lieberman - "Seasonal Memory Lapses" by Paul Bass (Hartford Courant)
Joe Lieberman - "Truth About Joe"
Joe Lieberman - "Lieberman Wins Republican Friends, Democratic Enemies... (WaPo)
Joe Lieberman - "Joe Lieberman is a Big Oil Republican" (LamontBlog)
Joe Lieberman - "Kerry Calls Lieberman the New Cheney" (ABC)
Joe Lieberman - "Joe Lieberman Doesn't Care About Handicapped People" (Wonkette)
Joe Lieberman - "Joe Lieberman is Running With a Bad Crowd" (Firedoglake)
Joe Lieberman - "116 Reasons Not to Vote for Joe Lieberman"
Joe Lieberman - "How Joe Lieberman Tried to Kill Rock 'N Roll (Huffington Post)"

Ned Lamont - Official Campaign Website
Ned Lamont - Ned Lamont, the Political Entrepreneur
Ned Lamont - "Democrats Back Lamont; Lieberman Files Independent Run" (F0x)
Ned Lamont - Unofficial Ned Lamont Resource
Ned Lamont - Unofficial Lamont Blog
Ned Lamont - "The Democrats Mean Business" (WSJ)
Ned Lamont - "Ned Lamont vs. Joe Lieberman" (The Nation)
Ned Lamont - "Lieberman Loses Debate With Challenger Ned Lamont"
Ned Lamont - "Lamont: Lieberman Sounded Like Cheney"
Ned Lamont - "Lamont Fires Up Naples" (New Haven Independent)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Feingold PAC Making The Difference in Ohio

I'm starting to lose track of all the Ohio wins in Progressive Patriots fund contests. Just last week, we were among the winners in the "Pick a Progressive Party" contest. This week, the members of the Progressive Patriots Fund chose Ohio's Jennifer Brunner to recieve backing in her Secretary of State run. Here's the announcement e-mail:

All the votes have been counted, and I'm proud to announce that Jennifer Brunner, from Ohio, is our newest Progressive Patriot. Her campaign for secretary of state has drawn an enormous amount of grassroots support, and I'm pleased to have the chance to make a $5,000 contribution to her campaign.

Jennifer supports defending the most sacred American right - the right to vote – and the voters from Ohio are supporting her. She has worked as a Deputy Director of the Secretary of State's Office and has served as a Franklin County Judge. Now, Jennifer is running for Secretary of State to restore the people's trust in Ohio elections. She will bring her record of impartiality and professionalism to the Secretary of State's office, ensuring elections can be audited and verified, so that voters have confidence that elections are safe, reliable, and trustworthy.

To learn more about Jennifer's campaign, please visit her website at

I'm also proud to have contributed to four other candidates the Progressive Patriots community felt were deserving of our support: Mark Ritchie, Debra Bowen, Ken Gordon, and Michael Mauro are all terrific candidates, and we've rushed contributions to each of them to help them win in two weeks.

By supporting these candidates, the Progressive Patriots community is helping to ensure fair elections in 2008, 2010 and beyond.



Russ Feingold
United States Senator
Honorary Chair, Progressive Patriots Fund

Monday, October 23, 2006

Oh, Those Wacky Republicans

Cheers to Chris Bowers for pointing out these timely and important articles on Republicans running for Congress.

--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl
--AZ-01: Rick Renzi
--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth
--CA-04: John Doolittle
--CA-11: Richard Pombo
--CA-50: Brian Bilbray
--CO-04: Marylin Musgrave
--CO-05: Doug Lamborn
--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell
--CT-04: Christopher Shays
--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan
--FL-16: Joe Negron
--ID-01: Bill Sali
--IL-06: Peter Roskam
--IL-10: Mark Kirk
--IL-14: Dennis Hastert
--IN-02: Chris Chocola
--IN-08: John Hostettler
--IA-01: Mike Whalen
--KY-03: Anne Northup
--KY-04: Geoff Davis
--MD-Sen: Michael Steele
--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht
--MN-06: Michele Bachmann
--MO-Sen: Jim Talent
--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns
--NV-03: Jon Porter
--NH-02: Charlie Bass
--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson
--NM-01: Heather Wilson
--NY-03: Peter King
--NY-20: John Sweeney
--NY-26: Tom Reynolds
--NY-29: Randy Kuhl
--NC-08: Robin Hayes
--NC-11: Charles Taylor
--OH-01: Steve Chabot
--OH-02: Jean Schmidt
--OH-15: Deborah Pryce
--OH-18: Joy Padgett
--PA-04: Melissa Hart
--PA-07: Curt Weldon
--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick
--PA-10: Don Sherwood
--TN-Sen: Bob Corker
--VA-Sen: George Allen
--VA-10: Frank Wolf
--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick
--WA-08: Dave Reichert
--FL-16: Joe Negron
--FL-22: Clay Shaw
--KS-02: Jim Ryun
--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee
--TN-Sen: Bob Corker
--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ohio Wins "Pick a Progressive Party Contest"

E-mail from the Progressive Patriots Fund, hot off the presses:

All the votes have been counted, and I'm proud to announce our winning state Democratic Parties. Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia received the most votes from the Progressive Patriots community, so I'm proud to contribute $3,000 to each of these states' Democratic Party organizations to help fund their efforts to get out the vote in November.

There are some very exciting races going on in all these states. Each has a crucial Senate race that we need to win if Democrats are going to retake control of the United States Senate – the Progressive Patriots have contributed to Amy Klobuchar, Sherrod Brown, Bill Nelson, Bob Casey, and Jim Webb individually, and it's great to see that you've voted to help their state parties with their voter mobilization efforts in the coming weeks.

In addition, there are 81 House races in these five states, including some great challengers that the Progressive Patriots Community has supported, like Lois Murphy, Patty Wetterling, Joe Sestak, Coleen Rowley, Phyllis Busansky, Tim Walz, Chris Carney and Pat Murphy. We have our best chance in years to retake the House, and your efforts will play a vital part in that by directing our contributions to states where there are seats in play.

Tomorrow, we'll start our next round of "Pick a Progressive Patriot" for candidates for Secretary of State. Make sure you stop by our site tomorrow to cast your vote. Thank you for your support.



Russ Feingold
United States Senator
Honorary Chair, Progressive Patriots Fund

Monday, October 09, 2006

PPF: Get out the Vote, and Keep it Safe

Dear Ohio,

We're extremely close to our goal of raising $30,000 before Midnight tonight – we only need to raise another $4,823 to make it. Can you help put us over the line?

Contribute today

Your contribution will go directly to helping us elect progressive Secretaries of State who will protect our votes in important states and help state parties run critical efforts to get out the vote this November. Please make a contribution today so we can hold two more "Pick a Progressive Patriot" events in October. Thank you for your support – with your help, I know we'll make our goal!



Russ Feingold
United States Senator
Honorary Chair, Progressive Patriots Fund