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Obama Pitches in for DSCC

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) today began his effort to help increase his party's majority in the chamber he hopes to soon be leaving, penning a fundraising pitch on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

In the missive, Obama avers that American voters want a new direction from the next administration, "but a new president is not enough."

"I've served long enough in the U.S. Senate to know that Washington must change, and I also know that big changes don't happen without big Senate majorities -- and right now, Democrats occupy only 49 seats," Obama writes, presumably omitting Independent Sens. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) and Joe Lieberman (Conn.), both of whom caucus with Democrats, for the purpose of making the party's situation look more dire.

"This November, we have a chance to create a Democratic Senate majority like we haven't seen in decades -- but it won't happen on its own. For eighteen months, Sen. Hillary Clinton and I counted on people like you to support our campaigns for president -- and now I am asking you to do the same for a tremendous slate of Democratic Senate candidates by supporting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee."

Obama's plea comes two weeks after he sent out a similar e-mail for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

There has been plenty of debate so far about exactly how much Obama will help or hurt various downballot candidates, with some Democrats in conservative districts shying away from their nominee or at least declining to endorse him. But there's no debate that Democrats of all stripes would be happy to have some of Obama's fundraising magic rub off on them, especially if the money can be funnelled through the DCCC and the DSCC. That way those candidates who are leery of appearing in public with Obama or having him do a fundraising event for them can still benefit from his star power.

The full text of Obama's e-mail is after the jump.

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Dear _____,

No matter where I've gone in this country, I've met working Americans
who feel like the American dream is slipping out of reach. They're
working harder for less. The cost of everything from a tank of gas to
a bag of groceries, from health care to college tuition, is going up
and up. It's getting harder to save and harder to retire. And that's
why so many Americans are counting on us to win in November and bring
about the change they so desperately need.

The stakes could not be higher. And the choice could not be clearer:
at this defining moment in American history, we can continue the
failed Bush economic policies that are stretching wallets and
straining families and the failed Bush foreign policies that haven't
made us safer. Or we can seize this moment by turning the page on the
policies of the past, and offering a new direction for the country we
love.

Over the course of this historic campaign, almost 40 million people
have made their intention clear. They want a new direction - and they
want a Democratic president to make it happen.

But a new President alone isn't enough.

I've served long enough in the U.S. Senate to know that Washington
must change, and I also know that big changes don't happen without big
Senate majorities - and right now, Democrats occupy only 49 seats.

This November, we have a chance to create a Democratic Senate majority
like we haven't seen in decades - but it won't happen on its own. For
eighteen months, Sen. Hillary Clinton and I counted on people like you
to support our campaigns for president - and now I am asking you to do
the same for a tremendous slate of Democratic Senate candidates by
supporting the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

I know you may have never given to the DSCC before, but even a $5
contribution is enough to make a difference when it adds to our
growing strength.

The DSCC delivered historic victories in the 2006 midterm elections,
and they will do so again this year if a massive wave of committed
Democrats get behind them before this critical second quarter
fundraising deadline.

Click here to make a contribution of $5 or more to help expand the
Democratic Senate majority in 2008. This quarterly fundraising
deadline is so important that everything you give before June 30 will
be matched two-to-one by a group of Democratic senators, effectively
tripling your contribution.

https://secure.democratsenators.org/o/4/p/5000/contribute?donate_page_KEY=2802

For the past few months, the pundits and the cynics have been focused
on what divides us. But now it is time for Democrats to unite around
the causes we share.

It's time to build an economy that rewards not just wealth but work
and the workers who create it, and provide affordable, quality health
care for all who want it.

It's time to free ourselves from the tyranny of oil so we can get gas
prices under control, stop funding both sides in the war on terror,
and save this planet for our children.

And it's time to bring our troops home from a war in Iraq that should
have never been authorized and never been waged, and bring the hammer
down on the terrorists who still remain at large in Afghanistan.

These are the causes we stand for. These are the causes our Democratic
Senate candidates stand for.

Tens of thousands of $5 and $20 contributions from Democrats like you
give the DSCC everything they need to win in November. The DSCC is
helping us compete in every Senate race by constantly monitoring what
attacks need to be answered, what precincts need to be organized, and
where your money can make the most impact.

Take it from someone who just finished one grueling campaign, and is
just starting another: elections are won or lost months before they
even happen. The DSCC is already hard at work laying the groundwork
for victory in battleground states across the country. They need you
right now to keep the momentum going.

Click here to make a contribution of $5 or more to help expand the
Democratic Senate majority in 2008. This quarterly fundraising
deadline is so important that everything you give before June 30 will
be matched two-to-one by a group of Democratic senators, effectively
tripling your contribution.

https://secure.democratsenators.org/o/4/p/5000/contribute?donate_page_KEY=2802

This is our time. With your help and the help of thousands of others,
we will bring change to America.

The DSCC is doing everything it can to expand our Democratic majority.
We must do the same.

Let's get to work.

Sincerely,
Barack Obama

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Paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee,
http://www.dscc.org, and not authorized by any candidate or
candidate's committee.

By Ben Pershing  |  June 23, 2008; 3:20 PM ET
 
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