I have given several times to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and even more times (more than I can count) to individual Democratic candidates for the Senate. That’s why they know where I am, what my e-mail is, what my phone number is, and probably everything else about me, too.
Which brings up a great opportunity.
This morning I got an e-mail from Claire McCaskill (theoretically), asking for my contribution to the DSCC. It was pretty boilerplate, but on health care, it was truly nauseating, refusing to endorse anything but “health care choices”.
I don’t know whether anyone reads the responses, but here is what I wrote back:
I have been a contributor to the DSCC for years, but until and unless the Democratic Caucus strongly endorses an effective public option in health care reform, the DSCC will never again see a penny of my money. I see no reason to give to a caucus that consistently subverts the will of the overwhelming majority of Americans who want a strong public option.
I hope very much that I shall be able to contribute to the DSCC in the future, and am waiting for the Caucus’ actions in this regard.
So far, my response has not been kicked back, which means that someone is getting it. I don’t know what they are doing with it, but they are getting it.
Every single fundraising e-mail and call over the next several weeks should be given this response. No money unless there is a strong public option. Period. This is particularly important now, since the second quarter reporting period is coming to a close on June 30th.
A fundraiser called me last night, and I told him the same thing. No public option, no money. End of story.
Every Democratic incumbent that contacts you should get the same line.
Every single call. Every single time.