Magazine article Politics Magazine

Washington

Magazine article Politics Magazine

Washington

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WITH HER CONGRESSIONAL campaign heating up in Washington's 8th District, Democratic candidate Darcy Burner was preparing for a few more demanding months on the campaign trail. Then, on the morning of July 1, her home was burned to the ground by an electrical fire. In the full swing of campaigning, Burner suddenly had other priorities, like finding housing for her family and replacing lost possessions.

Fortunately for Burner, liberal netroots activists around the country quickly jumped in to aid the congressional hopeful with her fundraising efforts. David Goldstein, of the Horse's Ass Seattle blog, set a goal to keep Burner on track for fundraising so that she could focus on her family's needs. That would mean raising $250,000 in the month of July. Prominent national websites like Daily Kos and Act Blue quickly heeded Goldstein's call to amp up Burner's fundraising efforts. Act Blue pulled out all the stops, even getting Wesley Clark to send out donor requests over his private e-mail list in a campaign he called "Have Darcy's Back. …

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