Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New Feature - Social Networking and Organizing

Earlier, I showed you the candidate event map, which will be one of many new tools available to you this election season. Next, I'd like to share with you another new tool I'd like you to consider using.

In the improvement thread, an anonymous user posted this comment:
Fitzy, Great idea! Let me add: a way for us to organize with others on the site and with the Democratic Candidate (presumably Mark Schauer).

We need to suppliment where they aren't putting many resources. Maybe organize trips to Hillsdale or Branch counties. Find friends in Eaton, etc. You know, the stuff of campaigns.
I agree completely. There's an enormous amount of grassroots energy available for this-- no one likes Tim Walberg-- and its more than can be (or should be) organized by one guy like me. I'd love to provide the means for this kind of organizing... and I think I can.

The Democratic National Committee website has had the PartyBuilder tool for a while now. It gives you a chance to interact with and organize with like-minded Democrats in your area. While a great deal of the focus is on the presidential race, I think it's perfect for what the anonymous commenter had in mind. Let's take a look at it...

That's the main page for the brand new Walberg Watch page. Once you sign up, you'll have the option of creating events, sending e-mails to all of the other members of the group, and contacting other members individually. And if you want to connect to official Democratic campaigns, it's easy. In fact, the Schauer for Congress campaign already has their own PartyBuilder page.

Are you a moderate Republican or independent, and you're hesitant to sign up with the DNC? Don't worry. Signing up to join the Walberg Watch PartyBuilder page won't commit you to work for Barack Obama or Howard Dean. You can do as much or as little as you want, and you can focus all of your energy on working with others in the 7th District who oppose Congressman Tim Walberg.

Starting next week, this, too, will have a permanent place on the front page of Walberg Watch, along with announcements of events that you can create.


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