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04/22/2009 09:58 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Norm Coleman Raises $28,000 for Progressives

UPDATE: Now, we're up to $29,000! Let's keep it up!

Recently, on the front of OpenLeft.com, I critiqued the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's "petition" asking Norm Coleman to get out -- saying there was no "theory of change" about why people taking that action would have any impact.

To be constructive, I gave a free piece of advice to the DSCC on how to organize people strategically: ask people to give $1/day until Norm goes away. If Republicans in DC saw the DSCC's warchest growing by the day, their incentives would reverse -- instead of telling Norm to keep going, they'd tell him to get lost.

The DSCC didn't take that advice. But Howard Dean's Democracy for America was all about it, and partnered with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (which I co-founded) to make it happen at NormDollar.com. Instead of raising money to help generic Democrats, our "Dollar a Day to Make Norm Go Away" campaign will support bold progressives in 2010.

Since Saturday, over $28,000 has been raised -- prompting news coverage in the New York Times, ABC, Politico, Huffington Post, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and across the blogosphere. Monday night, it was even featured on Hardball.

Here are some of the (truly appreciated) comments, rounded up from Huffington Post and MyDD:

A beautiful campaign. I usually don't start to donate until election season starts, but with this I'll definitely donate. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Now this is a constructive campaign program! My buck's in the mail.

I like this campaign so much that I'm in for two dollars a day.

From $5000 to over $7500 in one hour. Love it. The first time I donated again since the elections.

Up to $12,000. Wonderful pace, people. Tell your friends! This will work... send Coleman's financial backers a message they will understand.

Done! Told all my friends, family and acquaintances. This is a delicious way to counteract the deplorable legal foot dragging.

I just donated. Take note haters...this is how it's done...no ridiculous hats with teabags hanging off...just smart thinking and smart planning.

Got some spare change in your pocket? If so, you can add to the momentum by clicking here. Then, since word of mouth is key to success, please tell some friends.