The past few days have been really exciting. About 20 Tennessee bloggers got together, led by Knoxville blogger R. Neal to work for a common goal: to Chip inraise funds for the TNDP and elections coming in 2010. Our expectations were low. We wanted to make a statement, but not overpromise and underdeliver.
Tuesday, when the conversation first started, $1000 seemed like a doable goal. Over the course of the past 28 hours we’ve expanded our goal twice and supporters of the TNDP have responded, giving over $2700. Honestly, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the response.
Truth be told, we don’t have any illusions about this effort. The TNDP raised and spent $1.9m dollars in the last cycle, and still lost. While our current effort may only account for .2% of that fundraising cycle total, it’s something. It’s a step in the right direction. I believe we’ve all learned something about not only the process, but about the power of people, with similar goals, banding together to achieve a common goal. It doesn’t matter that the dollar amount is called “insignificant” by the nay-sayers. The important thing to take from the exercise is that you can make a difference if you’re willing to try.
As Braisted notes in the linked post, there are a lot of nay-sayers out there. Let them talk. While they’re talking, we’re doing something, no matter how small, to strengthen the Democratic Party in Tennessee.
Help us reach our new goal of $3000 and 100 supporters by giving what you can today.