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You've Got Mail From Sen. Chris Dodd

Sen. Dodd jotted a casual note to his friends--and sent a "forwarded" e-mail to supporters asking for more online campaign contributions. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post).

Chris Dodd may not be breaking fundraising records, but he gets points for fundraising creativity. His latest invention: the faux internal e-mail.

The Connecticut Democrat and long-shot '08 candidate has found his primary niche as a sort of liberal elder statesman, a powerful Banking Committee chairman with an anti-establishment streak. Good timing: many Democrats are furious that control of Congress has not brought restrictions on President Bush, especially related to the Iraq war and civil liberties.

Dodd voted to authorize the Iraq invasion; now he's a staunch opponent. He vowed to stage a one-man filibuster against warrantless wiretapping legislation, if it reaches the Senate floor. Earlier this week, he was the first Democratic presidential candidate in the Senate to announce he would reject Michael Mukasey's confirmation as attorney general.

The month of buzz was capped by a solid debate performance Tuesday night. Dodd finally got some air time, and he used it to maximum effect, joining Barack Obama and John Edwards in challenging the electability of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

When the inevitable "Chris Dodd" e-mail arrived today in supporters' inboxes, the subject line read "Fw: Re: Update?" Dodd likes the casual approach, having first tried it on Sept. 27, with a pitch shipped directly from the candidate's Blackberry. That subject line read "Real Quick." The salutation: "Hey."

Other candidates, including Obama, have since mimicked the first-name, just-between-us style. Rather than a "rigid ask," campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan said the idea is to casually solicit friends. Hence the odd $27 figure referenced below. In the Sept. 27 e-mail, Dodd asked for $23.

--Shailagh Murray

So here's a quick note from Chris...

Dear Friend --
I only have a few moments on my way back up to New Hampshire. I asked my Campaign Manager for an update on what we accomplished online during the month of October, and I was so pleased with her response I wanted to make sure you saw the email chain.

She tells me that in addition to a spike in traffic and mentions on progressive blogs, we could beat John Edwards October online fundraising goal if I emailed a few people and asked them to help get us there.
So, it might be one day removed from October, but if you chipped in $27 right now we can pass another campaign in this important indicator of support.
You can contribute here:
I'll be in touch,
-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Tagaris
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 10:18 PM
Subject: Re: Update?
Hey Sheryl,
Here's your update:
For the month of October, we raised right around $400,000 on the internet alone.
By contrast, Biden set a goal of raising $500,000 online by the middle of November. He is halfway there, having raised $246,270 as of Tuesday morning.
Even more impressively, Edwards set a goal of raising $500,000 online in the month of October. For all the hype their internet team and Joe Trippi gets, we finished the month nipping at their heels.
Frankly, we've been so successful online over the past month because of the Senator's leadership in the Senate.
People really responded favorably to his stand on preventing "retroactive immunity" for telecommunications companies that helped the Bush Administration spy on Americans.
They appreciate his Iran vote, consistent leadership on Iraq and really are beginning to recognize that when he takes a position on an issue, the rest of the candidates seem to follow his lead.
We are really on the verge of something special online -- a tipping point, almost:
* Our web-traffic rankings have shot past Biden and Richardson.
* We have seen an almost universal surge of support in online polls. From 21% at Daily Kos, to winning the PA Dems online vote after Tuesday's debate.
* References to his leadership on blogs across the country have spiked in the month of October, and I only see that number rising between now and the Caucus.
So ... there is a lot of encouraging information coming out of the tubes. We're gonna do everything we can to keep growing -- something that is made easy as he continues to lead on the issues important in this race.
-----Original Message-----
From: Sheryl Cohen
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 7:18 PM
Subject: Update?
Hey Tim,

The Senator is looking for an update report of how we did on-line in October. He knows we did well, but he's getting a lot of questions about it on the road from reporters and supporters. Please send me some additional information/data for him -- thanks much.


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I took a poll based on matching up one's support of issues with a candidate. Dodd came in first on my answers, so I intend to look some more at him as a candidate. Romney came in last.
Huckabee came in just above average. Odd poll but interesting.

Posted by: rowina | November 2, 2007 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Scott -

I proudly wear my support for Chris Dodd. Just because I support him doesn't mean that I cannot think or speak for myself.

If by "one of them" you mean an educated and engaged private citizen who is concerned about who is the next President of the United States, then count me as part of that group.

Albuquerque, NM

Posted by: dave.sommers | November 1, 2007 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Easy there, fella. Don't want to make your astroturf too detailed. Otherwise regular folks might not believe you're one of them.

Posted by: scott | November 1, 2007 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Chris Dodd has my vote. He's been showing some real spine in his stance on issues, from the hold of the FISA bill, the corporate carbon tax, and his common-sense approach to withdrawing from Iraq.

Experience matters and he has experience.

Electability matters, and he is electable.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more respected member of Congress - and that respect is from Democrats and Republican's alike. He's a natural at leading - and should be the next leader of our country.

As a law student, I've seen the importance and the power of the Constitution of the United States. I've seen it abused and misused by the Bush administration. I look forward to the restoration of the Constitution under the Dodd Administration.

Albuquerque, NM

Posted by: dave.sommers | November 1, 2007 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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