Boycott All Fundraising For The Sitting Congress

You are nothing but an ATM to the Democratic Party. Daily Kos is a cash cow they pander to only during election years because of the money you can generate for their campaigns. And once you have secured their seats, they no longer return your calls, and your emails are returned with generated noreply responses. They do not care what you think, they only want you for your money.

Once they have what they want, they do not feel the need to comply with the wishes  of the ones who sent them there. You are irrelevant in their eyes since they have no need for fund raising this year. If they cared, if they truly cared what the netroots wanted, they would act on the principles of those who canvassed, those who worked their phones, those who gave them money.

They don’t. You are just a typing ATM machine to them, and nothing more.

If they cared,

They would have repealed the USA Patriot Act.

They would have repealed the Bankruptcy Act.

They would have restored habeas corpus.

They would have repealed the Military Commissions Act.

They would have reformed the Prescription Drug Act

They would have repealed the Clear Skies Act.

They would have reformed the Farm Bill.

They would have dealt with the budget by now.

They would have crafted a withdrawal plan, ANY PLAN, to get out of Iraq.

They would be supply our troops with legitimate body armor, made camel packs standard issue and fast-tracked the MARP into production to replace the vulnerable Humvee. They would have increased veterans benefits, they would have REALLY dealt with the Walter Reeds of the land and they definitely would have protected the troops from the back-door drafts. They would actually be supporting the troops.

They would have repealed or reformed No Child Left Behind.

They would have restored all points of the Geneva Convention.

They would have issued subpoenas to the DOJ.

They would have issued subpoenas for warrantless domestic wiretapping.

They would have issued subpoenas for intelligence gather before the war.

They would have issued subpoenas for corruption in non-bid contracts in Iraq.

They would have helped New Orleans by now.

They would have reformed the student loan fiasco.

They would be pro-active in protecting the environment.

They would be pro-active in protecting worker’s rights.

They would be pro-active in ethics reform.

They would be pro-active in health care reform.

They would be pro-active in restoring our nation’s infrastructure.

They would be pro-active in developing non-carbon emitting power grids.

They would be pro-active in developing non-carbon emitting transportation.

They would be pro-active in restoring faith in the ballot box.

They would be pro-active in restoring faith in the American dream.

They do not care, they have done none of this. They only care about how much money you can put in the war chest. You are just a cash cow they milk every two years and then go about on their merry way.

They are laughing at you. They are laughing at you because you believe you have a place at the table. They are laughing at you because you believe that by supporting them, change will come. They are laughing at you because you bought their pandering hook, line and sinker.

The only power you have is the power of the purse for their campaigns. Get their attention.


Boycott them now, then I bet you get their attention.

Not a single penny more for these people, unless you enjoy being laughed at.


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    • Zwoof on September 12, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    to any politician.  Why start now?
    I think the fuckers should give me money just for voting for them.

    Confession: I will donate to Al Gore if…..

  1. What a list!  Mind boggling! Heart breaking!

    Don’t forget that Act II is to vote them right on out of office.

    Thanks for writing this, pinche.  It’s almost too overwhelming to understand when you see it all stacked up in one place.

    • melvin on September 12, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    • pfiore8 on September 12, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    kick some serious CongressCritter ass!

  2. at least we’d finally get publically funded elections….sigh….

    i actually had an edwards fund raiser get salty with me for telling her i wouldnt donate to dems fighting against dems, but that once a candidate’s chosen i’d reconsider.  salty!!  with ME!! 

    (of course i apologized to her for making her job more difficult….but i DID NOT CAVE)

  3. But I think it is a great tactic.

    But we have to be able to reach THEM with the news of why their fundraising is dropping. Someone suggested an escrow account, depositing money you would have donated to be released when they get their shit….but that won’t really work…..not with real money!!! Maybe a site where you can record the donations you WOULD have made?

    Let’s keep working this angle though!

  4. not until i see solid evidence of dems walking the walk.

    this totally speaks to my spending much less time in orangetown of late, as my frustration boils over to see, on a daily basis, the yawning chasm between pre-november 06 campaign rhetoric, and the collective (in)action since then by congressional dems.

    don’t have the votes?! don’t have the guts is more like it.

    • YetiMonk on September 12, 2007 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve been sending a penny to every congress person that has solicited money from me. What’s nice is they don’t bother me any more after that. I really love postage paid envelopes.

    • on September 12, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    Too many using our House as their private Club.

  5. “the Democratic Party” which wanted me to sign a petition to the congress “Tell Congress that their time is up — find a new course for Iraq”

    But the petition didn’t allow me to add my own words as some do.  It did go on to try to get me to add my email list to the thing.  And, of course, they want a donation.

    How frustrating not to even be able to put in comments!

    SOS!  They will come back in the news with the announcement that they have sold the store to the repubs and then mumble about not having the numbers later on.

  6. Just in case you wondered:

    Message to the Congress of the United States

    RSS Feed  White House News


    Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. Consistent with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register the enclosed notice, stating that the emergency declared with respect to the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, is to continue in effect for an additional year.

    The terrorist threat that led to the declaration on September 14, 2001, of a national emergency continues. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue in effect after September 14, 2007, the national emergency with respect to the terrorist threat.



    September 12, 2007.

    • eugene on September 13, 2007 at 7:40 am

    And as far as I can tell, Pelosi is complicit with Bush’s agenda.

  7. but there are democrats in Congress who do care and we need to be contributing to them or things will get even worse. Act Blue is the place to do it. Don’t contribute to the DSCC DCCC or DNC but do contribute to good progressive democrats who share your values. There are plenty of them.

  8. No. That isnt true.  You have the power of the vote.

    Even if you play stingy they still dont care.  They will get the money somewhere.  Most got to congress because they had sponsers before you guys coughed up a cent.

    They dont care because they know you will vote for them anyway.

    Withholding the vote is the only power you have.

    I will be voting for the freaky math teacher, the crazy retiree, the vegan lesbian communist.  Anyone who doesnt have an R or a D after their name.

    If there isnt some nutcase or independent or alternative party on the ballot I will just skip over that race and simply vote for propositions.

    I am throwing away my vote no matter who I bubble in.

  9. First comment made here since I joined this blog yesterday and I proudly say


    Someone said it beautifully on a finance blog:  we have a 2-party aristocracy.  Every four years we marry our rapist and elect them again.

    I keep being the “tinfoil” finance noodge, trying to explain that Congress has her blighted teat in a global economic wringer and NO ONE, NO WAY, is going to get them to stop funding war.  Why?  Too many foreign investors to consider, like China, who invest in Halliburton via the secrecy of hedge funds (China plugged 3 billion into Blackstone (a Bush fund) a mere four days after Congress’ capitulation last summer – NOT a coincidence). 

    Now that the global credit bubble decompresses into a decaying, collapsed pancake, they’ve got to work all the harder to inflate such things as commodities (always, always the little guy pays the kleptrocracy) to keep the “global investment” “bubble economics” party going.

    What was it called, the tower of bubble?  [sound of zipper closing lips]

    They can’t get out of the war, because it preserves the dollar’s official status as queen of the currencies.  The second the dollar is hurled from her throne, the full weight of the now $9,000,000,000,000+ national war debt falls on our heads. 

    So many people expend so much excellent, loving, thoughtful, socially beneficial energy kicking the dead horse called Congress.

    Great diary, nice to see the cobwebs knocked away from the core dialogue by your hand.

    • documel on September 13, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Any indiscriminate fiat is wrong–give to the good–starve the poor.  I do agree that there aren’t too maqny that I rate as good, but that’s a personnal decision.  I wish Eugene McCarthy was the spiritual inspiration for the Dem party.

  10. By Matt Stoller:  The Pelosi & Rahm “Social Club” Neuters Conyers Investigation, I’ve decided that I can put my money to better use than by funding the “do nothings” of the 110th.  I might support some of the Progressive candidates, if I have enough income left after paying higher prices for everything following the rise in oil & wheat prices…

    • mickey on September 13, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    I just don’t see how taking your ball and going home does anything positive to advance progressive causes.If anything it would hurt us, allowing republicans to squeeze out some victories they should not. And I do not feel they are all the same. Its that kind of thinking that got us Bush in 2000 (yeah I know Gore actually won but I’ve always thought it should not have even been close enough to steal).

    People on the  far right don’t start boycotts every time they don’t get what they want.They keep working and giving money trying to elect more and more people who support their agendas/values. They been doing that the last 30 years, and it has paid off big time for them. Do they yet get everything they want? No. But they keep working at it.

    This is a process, and takes time and work and money.And in the end we will probably still not get all we want. But knowing that  the majority of Americans come down on the side of the dems on the issues, when explained rationally and coherently, we are at a great starting point.

    Taking the ball and going home just tips the scales to their side, IMHO.

    • SharaiP on September 13, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    The only donations I make anymore are to Feingold and his Progressive Patriots Fund.  He is doing the right things, and needs to be encouraged.

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