Re: Donation plan? and more

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Thu Oct 28 2004 - 17:28:11 CDT

On Wednesday 27 October 2004 12:05 pm, Alan Dechert wrote:
> Arthur,

> I don't know if this fundraising idea will work. As I
> mentioned, I think it boils down to getting one million
> visitors to our web site in the next few weeks.

Then we need to do a press release on Nov. 3, something to get
us /.ed and in at least some of the media.

EFF just put out a press release about pollworkers, including me
and Barbara Simons, being told not to tell voters that paper
ballots are available. I have been interviewed by KQED, the LA
Times, and Consumer Reports. The Mercury has a front-page story
today on the paper ballot issue.

Matt Zimmerman of EFF wants to work with us further, so we may be
able to get them to do a press release specifically about us
right after the election, or we may be able to get a mention in
some of the releases they will be doing on other topics.

Then we need a more organized and continuous media campaign. I'm
pretty sure we could do an article or two for Mother Jones, and
we ought to be able to get on Democracy Now. I'm sure we can get
on Air America Radio with Al Franken or one of their other
hosts. There should be some Libertarian publications with
sufficient interest. We should contact Forum at KQED, Talk of
the Nation (NPR), and other such shows.

We should get local politicians working the issue, including Joe
Simitian, Zoe Lofgren, and Mike Honda, and create a national
campaign, including Dennis Kucinich and DFA (Dean/Democracy for
America), among others. We want Nancy Pelosi to have us on the
radar, and Tom Daschle or his successor in the Senate.

> There are a
> number of variables, especially with the election outcome
> pending, that could make this more or less likely.

It's all quite likely regardless. Even if the election isn't
close, there may be hundreds or thousands of court cases about
various irregularities that those of various persuasions would
like rulings on before the next time.

My prediction: There will be enough close votes in swing states
to put the overall result in moderate doubt, and there will be a
full court (haha) press from the apparently losing side to
reverse it. Then there will be a media circus even bigger than
Florida 2000. We have to catch the wave.

> Alan D.

Edward Cherlin
Generalist & activist--Linux, languages, literacy and more
"A knot! Oh, do let me help to undo it!"
--Alice in Wonderland
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