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May 18, 2005
Not One Dime: Have You Made The Call Today?

I've held off mentioning the Not One Dime campaign, where Republicans have pledged to withhold all 2005 contributions to Senate campaigns and the national party until the GOP forces a vote on the Byrd option and eliminates filibusters on judicial confirmations. Now that Bill Frist has moved to do that, we need to make sure that we continue our pressure on the individual Republican Senators to ensure they support the motion when it comes up for a vote.

Please call the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121, and ask to speak to at least one of the "wobblies" today. I called earlier and spoke to staffers in the offices of Susan Collins and John Warner; Chuck Hagel, Olympia Snowe, Lincoln Chaffee, and John McCain will be on my list later. Call while the offices are open and make sure you speak to someone live, and if you can do it, call as many of these as you can.

Here are some tips:

* Don't just be polite; be friendly and sympathetic. The staffers are not enemies, and they're overworked and underpaid.

* Tell them you're calling as part of the Not One Dime effort, and that you plan on withholding funds from the NRSC until the Byrd option succeeds, and will not give a dime to any Senator who opposes it.

* If they ask you about Not One Dime (doubtful -- they're very busy), feel free to refer them to CQ for an explanation.

E-mail has an impact, but phone calls get attention, and funds at risk get even more. Make sure your voice is heard this week. (Thanks to Hugh Hewitt for the reminder.)

UPDATE: Do you think Harry Reid was talking about me in this conference call?

Most notably, he pointed out that Republican lobbyists were calling Senators who are on the fence to threaten them that if they dont vote with leadership they wont get campaign funds.


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