2008 What’s a Visit From Bush Worth? For Darcy Burner:$75,000 and Counting
posted by August 27 at 10:00 AMon
An interesting story was posted on The Politico on Friday. It’s about how the conservative “Rightroots” are struggling to catch up to the liberal “Netroots” in terms of fund raising.
Here in Washington, we’re currently watching a good example of why the right is trying to match the left in its ability to generate internet cash. Starting on Friday, liberal bloggers here and across the country began promoting a fund-raiser for eastside Democrat Darcy Burner that is tied to today’s visit to Bellevue by President Bush.
Bush will be in Bellevue to raise money for the man Burner wants to challenge in the general election next fall, eastside Republican Congressman Dave Reichert. It’s the first of many stops like this that Bush plans to make in an effort to help Republicans in Congress hold onto their seats, and the national netroots wants to make an example of this visit. They want to show that the cost to Republicans of accepting a Bush visit will be a large fund-raising bump for their opponents.
They’re on their way to doing that. With just a few hours left before Bush speaks at the Reichert fund raiser in Bellevue, Burner has already raised over $75,000 in online donations since Friday, when the netroots appeal began. If that pace keeps up, it seems likely that Burner will hit her $100,000 goal for the Bush visit—a nice, big, round sum that probably won’t equal the amount that Bush will raise for Reichert today, but will certainly show that there’s a significant cost to Republicans for accepting a Bush visit (and a big benefit to Democrats when they do).
It will also show (again) how sophisticated the liberal netroots have become at raising money, channeling dollars from across the country into targeted races of their choosing, and changing the political reality for Republicans and Democrats.