September 7, 2006

"Rightroots" conservative bloggers work for Zinga, Whalen

An alert and helpful reader recently received an announcement from a group of conservative bloggers who are organizing to raise funds and campaign for right wing candidates.
Rightroots announced today it has endorsed Republican Andrea Zinga for Congress in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. Zinga is one of 21 federal candidates nationwide targeted by the new internet coalition.

Rightroots was founded by Editor Robert Bluey in collaboration with six other conservative bloggers as a means of helping to raise funds for and increase awareness of key conservative candidates through the internet.

"We created Rightroots to give Republican candidates the same tools that liberals have successfully used for years to raise money for their candidates on the Internet. Our coalition has identified 21 races, including Andrea Zinga’s, that we think represent the best opportunities for Republicans to retain control of Congress and enact a conservative agenda," Bluey said.

"I am delighted to accept the endorsement of Rightroots, a pro-growth, pro-security, pro-family organization that is committed to helping candidates who are determined to keep our nation strong and prosperous."

Collaborating with Bluey on the effort are Mary Katharine Ham of Townhall, Erick Erickson of RedState, Ed Morrissey of Captain’s Quarters, Lorie Byrd of WizBang, Patrick Hynes of Ankle Biting Pundits and John Hawkins of Right Wing News.

In just over a month of operations, Rightroots has raised over $50,000 for its targeted candidates. It has garnered the support and endorsement of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia, who donated $14,000 after the organization met its first-month fundraising challenge.

This causes me to recall the absolute scorn some local Dems exhibited when I put up a post about the potential of blogs in helping political campaigns. They mocked the idea, said that no one ever donates online or through blogs, and said it was ridiculous and a waste of time.

Now Zinga is stealing their lunch while they stubbornly refuse to utilize the oft stated advantages of on-line communications, organization, and fundraising.

Marching boldly backwards towards the future.

But in reality, I'm sure they figure they have things in the bag, so why bother?

A glance at the "Rightroots" page shows that they're working for Mike Whalen as well.


At 9/09/2006 2:18 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Must correct a misinterpretation you have articulated Mr. Dope. Democrats have actually led the way in terms of the Internet and its ability to generate grassroots political support. Our party has been credited for being the leader. Democrats understand that value to their overall effort.

Perhaps you're confusing the value of blogs with this kind of Internet grassroots fundraising.
Blogs in and of themselves, generally, don't carry the same value to a party as this type of "rightroots" effort does.

Anyway, it's really not a topic worth much focus as most Rs and Ds have seen the value in both.

At 9/09/2006 3:39 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

There's no disagreement with what you've said. I think you may have assumed I was talking about ALL Dems, or liberal/progressive/left wing blogs in general. That was not the case.

I've argued repeatedly that left wing blogs have had significant influence in both exposing right wing chicanery and generating support and funds for Democratic candidates.

But a few local Dem commenters have skoffed at that idea, disputed it, and essentially said that any on-line efforts in politics is useless.

That is what I'm saying is dead wrong. My post referred to LOCAL Democrats, who have all but ignored online communications and using blogs and their own sites to communicate, organize, generate support, and raise funds.

Case in point. NO local Democrats have ever so much as sent announcements of their events or fundraisers, ignoring the chance to reach thousands of Democrats at zero cost.

Despite the fact that this blog attracts readers that are gold for campaigns, committed Dems, law firms, major corporations and companies, universitys, and government staffers and politicians from Springfield, Des Moines, and D.C., local Dems have been completely ignorant of how it could benefit them.

At 9/10/2006 10:39 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Maybe local Dems haven't been as forthcoming with communications due to the sometimes negative tilt toward local Demcocrats displayed on this site by the site's host.
I don't think any local Dem has gone un-attacked by this site host and maybe that has sent a mighty chill toward local Democrats. Maybe if you were a little bit nicer toward local Democrats you might get lots more attention.

Just a thought. Just a theory.

At 9/11/2006 3:44 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...


That gave me a good laugh!

I've been pretty equal opportunity when it came to exposing things about politicians here. But you say that I've taken whacks at ALL Dems???

I was the one writing it, and I don't recall beating up on every Dem. I've written some things about Jacobs that caused some in that camp to utterly lose their minds, but again, none of it was false, just not flattering.

So why would all Democrats be as petty as to shoot themselves in the foot rather than taking advantage of a terrific chance to get their messsage out?

Last I checked, there were more Democrats out there than Jacobs.

And it's not like they'd be benefitting me, anyway! I mean if your observation is true, it's the stupidest, pettiest, thing I've ever heard of.

Let's see. I wrote some things about Jacobs that though absolutely factual, they didn't like, so.... they won't let me publicize their functions or publish their messages FOR FREE?

Ok... that makes all the sense in the world.

All I can say is... whatever.


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