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Barack Obama Contribution Reminder

I’m happy to report that the people who read this blog have contributed $2,660 to Barack Obama in the last 5 days. That’s over 50% of the way to the target of raising $5000 by January 21st! Thanks everyone!

If you support Barack Obama and you haven’t yet donated to his primary campaign, please consider contributing now. If you’ve already given, consider giving again. The Nevada primary takes place January 19th, and South Carolina is just a week later (complete schedule). The outcome of these early primaries sets the tone for the states voting later. What happens in the next 4 days could be decisive in choosing our next president. And your contribution will make a real difference in mobilizing supporters to get out the vote in those critical contests.

So please don’t wait. Take action:

Contribute to Barack Obama’s primary campaign now!

I believe that there are already a lot of Obama supporters out there who feel that he could do great things for this country, but who haven’t yet stepped up and supported him in any concrete way. If you’re one of those people, then now’s your chance: give $50 or $100 (or $500!) today so that we can have a president we will all be proud of.

If you support someone else for the Democratic nomination, or if you haven’t made up your mind yet and you want to learn more about Senator Obama, check out these links:

The donation link above will credit my personal fundraising campaign, but all of the money goes directly to Obama for America. Just visit the link and click the “Donate” button next to the thermometer.

15 January 2008
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  1. I honestly do not understand what these politicians require your money for. Really. Many thousands of dollars?


  2. Most of the campaign money goes to advertising: print, tv, etc. These things (sadly) have a huge effect on most voters. Second after media would be all the costs of campaign staff and travel.

    Obama is interesting among Democratic candidates in that he only accepts money from individuals, and actively discourages “soft money” PAC contributions, which can come from corporations and are unregulated. He also refuses donations from registered lobbyists.

    I think it’s worth spending the cost of a movie and dinner ($50 or so) on influencing the presidential selection process, if you can.


  3. Sorry, I won’t donate to any candidate who expresses support for video game censorship (, even though I find many of Obama’s other positions compelling.

    Those who really want to serve technological freedom should instead (or also) consider donating their money to a non-partisan organization with a proven track record, like the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


  4. To bad you can’t scrap your crappy election system. Take a decision to limit the amount any person is allowed to spend on a campaign (and by Any person I mean Obama, Clinton etc.)

    As long as you get a democratic president who isn’t a moron this time I’ll be happy.

    /So long from Sweden


  5. It’s unfortunate that non-US-citizens aren’t allowed to contribute. I am from the Netherlands and I really would like to see Obama become president of the US. The rules on the donation page, however, state that someone who gives a donation has to be a US citizens, which I am not.


  6. @Ryan – I don’t agree with every one of Obama’s positions, and this is one that I also disagree strongly on. My vote doesn’t turn on video game content, but I fully respect that yours does. (Personally my favorite game lately is The Simpsons for the PS3)

    @Max – Hear, hear! In the meantime, I think Obama’s position (not accepting donations for PACs or from registered lobbyists) is a decent compromise within the existing system.


  7. As an Englishman I must say that I find the presidential race in the US a bit crazy, and asking for public donations a little stranger.

    I have two questions about this, and this involves your relationship with novell;

    1, Are you supporting Obama because of a corporate desire to get him into office?
    2, If there is such a corporate reasoning is this reasoning based on competitive advantages such as preventing changes in law which would benefit your competitors?

    I can see that if the first question is true, the second would be a reasonable assumption for the reasoning behind you pimping a candidate on PGO. I think it would be fair and not at all questionable for you to state categorically and publicly if this is the case.

    Also, I’d like to point out that I’m not against pimping obama (just glad you aren’t pimping hilary), however in the UK we have a very different view of policitcs, and that is that the prime minister (more accurately first lord of the treasury, prime minister is actually an insult) is there to work for the people therefore the people shouldn’t pay the person they support.

    In recent years party fund raising in the UK has raised some questions, with corporate entities having control over the parties policy and the sale of peerages via party donations. So I’m not saying we’re perfect, far from it, but support doesn’t have to come in monetary form, support should be based on policy and shown with a vote, and policy should be one of those things that might not be popular but will benefit people. I think its generally more important to support someone because of policy not because of their iconography, what could be more iconic than the first black president, and it sends a message to the politicians if it comes to pass. All I see in Obama is iconography, in fact I see no substance in any of your politicians, I don’t see a lot of the debating though, but from what I have seen in the UK news its still the same non-issue politics.

    Surely they should be displaying a desire to mitigate or prevent the coming US depression? Rather than still laboring issues which shouldn’t be election issues like abortion and international terrorism.

    The politics of fear in the US has to come to an end, but still they’re rattling sabres at the public. A fear vote isn’t a vote after all, its tantamount to terrorism in its own right. If Obama is different and doesn’t have the protectionist, isolationist view the republicans tend to hold (which btw I recon is causing the depressed US economy), sure I agree, vote for him but in the end its a lesser of two evils vote.


  8. So we’ve given up on Ron Paul? Drat.


  9. While I am not a Obama supporter it is probably the best you can get from this elections. While this might be a tactical move Obama does not completely break with the imperialist policies such as the embargo against the Cubans and bashing Hugo Chavez. Also his “progressive” policies are not so progressive as they might seem. For example it does not contain universal healthcare. I think if one of the other candidates win we are set for some kind of return to the dark ages.


  10. @Karl – I have no idea what my company’s political positions are, if “it” even “has” any. I guess Novell would probably want unlimited H1B visas and various other standard technology-industry positions, but I don’t think we even have well-articulated positions on that issue. Things I say on this web page are my opinion, and as I’ve discovered from trying to raise money from my friends and colleagues the last two weeks, are not shared by everyone!

    In the US we also have the fundamental view that the President is a “public servant,” and that the US Government is the people’s government. But you could be forgiven for not knowing that, given the way the last seven years have gone.


  11. Nothing is more shameful in post World War II history than the war conducted for decades by the West’s major military and economic powers led by the United States against an oppressed, dispossessed and refugee Palestinian people.

    Both political parties in the United States have been cowed and blackmailed by Israel’s well-financed lobbies into colluding against all international law in Israel’s ongoing atrocities. These include ethnic cleansing; theft of land through the apartheid wall and colonial settlements; massacres; targeted assassinations; the incarceration of over 10,000 men, women and children, etc.

    I visited Palestine last year and witnessed how, not just Gaza but the West Bank remnant of original Palestine has become the world’s largest open-air prison: a blatant injustice that turns to bitter mockery the U.S. slogans of ‘Freedom’ and ‘Democracy’.

    If U.S. politicians summoned the courage to face down the lobbies and their media apologists and firmly insisted on a truly even-handed Middle East policy, the majority of the public would support them. This was proved by the overwhelmingly favorable public response to the stand taken against Israel’s settlement activities by the former President George H.W. Bush and George Baker. Your own campaign should be acutely conscious of what the deprivation of all hope is causing within the Palestinian population.

    Brian Johnston
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


  12. what is the address i can sent a controbution.

    i’m a barack believer now and i want to put my money where my heart is!


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