June 10, 2006

Zinga shakes the bushes

I recently received this fundraising e-mail from the Zinga campaign from an alert reader.

Window Of Opportunity

June 09, 2006


I have some truly exciting news! The Democrats have chosen their candidate for this seat – and he is the weakest they have, Phil Hare, district director for retiring congressman Lane Evans.
In fact, the Quad City times is running an online poll. Almost all voters who participate in this poll are from Rock Island County, which typically gives Democrats a 20 to 35% margin. As I write this, that poll shows two points separating Hare and me!

You’ve probably asked yourself. Does my donation really make a difference?
Yes. It makes more of a difference this time than ever. Last month, while making a round of meetings with trade organizations in Washington, I had the opportunity to address the Republican caucus – the weekly strategy meeting of all the Republican Members of Congress. They are excited about our opportunity to pick this seat up. In fact, National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Reynolds and Speaker of the House Denny Hastert have already made the maximum contribution to my campaign.
But the key thing the NRCC looks at in assessing how deeply to get involved in an open seat race is what is being raised locally.

You can play a leadership role in my campaign. In fact, if we are to prevail, I must have your help and leadership. We need to raise $300,000 by June 30th. We are a third of the way there. That means we have a huge job ahead of us in these next few weeks. If we succeed, the NRCC will be heavily involved in helping us raise the money in Washington and beyond that we need to roar on to victory. But they want to see that the people of the district want this seat as much as they do.

Phil Hare is wrong on almost every issue. He sides with the trial lawyers against lawsuit reform, driving our doctors across the border, He opposes 2nd Amendment rights, is radically pro-abortion.

He has promised to continue the economic policies that, as the Moline Dispatch editorialized on May 11th, have resulted in “empty factories and empty neighborhoods.” Our district simply can’t afford the stagnation and decline Phil Hare promises. This is the time we can take this seat back and begin a genuine renaissance in our district. But time is of the essence. Won’t you please send your very biggest contribution of $2,100, $1,000, $500, $100 or even $50?

If we get on TV with our message of cutting taxes, cutting spending and regulation, rebuilding our infrastructure and putting this district back to work, WE WILL WIN THIS SEAT BACK FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

Your donation is key to getting this message out. Because the stakes are so high and the time is so short, I hope you will consider giving just a little more than you normally would. Together, we will win this seat in November. Thank you for your time and my warmest wishes to you and yours.

Click here to Donate Today !!

If you cannot afford a donation today please foward this e-mail to someone who can. Our donation system also allows you to donate a small amount every month and the donation is automatically deducted from your checking account.


Andrea Zinga

Well, at least the Republicans aren't turning up their noses at online fundraising.

Last time the subject was mentioned here, local Dem neanderthals scoffed at the idea as silly and useless and argued vigorously against taking advantage of the web at all, let alone the idea of utilizing online tools as a great fundraising opportunity.

Great thinking guys. Guess you have all the campaign cash you need. And those who could easily and quickly donate online (who may not otherwise contribute at all) should be safely ignored.

By the way, when's the next torchlight parade scheduled? Still planning to hand out whiskey on election day and have a guy ride through town on a horse with a Hare banner?


At 6/11/2006 3:15 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

As a student of history, I have long thought that the way to bring the public back into politics is to provide free liquor at all political gatherings as they did in the 1800s.

Why mess with a proven winner?

At 6/11/2006 8:09 PM, Blogger highxlr8r said...

Dope, do you have a link to that particular online poll she refers to?

At 6/12/2006 12:45 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I never tried to find it, as I kind of figured it might be past tense. It may still be on the QC Times site somewhere if you want to do a quick search.

If I come up with anything, I'll add it to the post.

The email did have a live link for donations, but I opted not to include it.


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