Beyond Bittergate, Barack Yields Success to His Supporters
BY David All | Sunday, April 27 2008
Remember the now infamous speech Barack Obama gave behind closed doors at a fundraiser in San Francisco where the meme "Bittergate" developed?
As transcribed by Chris (emphasis and line-breaks to aid readability mine):
Starting at 14 minutes and 50 seconds:
I want to make a point about fund raising because I think it is illustrative of what else is going on. We raised 55 million dollars last month. ... I'm sorry. We raised 55 million in February; we raised 40 million that last month. Now, these are gaudy numbers. But, what's interesting is not the amount raised. 90% of what we raised came over the Internet. 50% were for $50 or less. Our average donation is less than $100.
Now, essentially what we've done is we've created a parallel public financing system. That using the Internet and mobilizing people all across the country - over 1.3 million donors - we've created a system where ordinary people can actually finance, can fuel, a campaign at the highest levels.
It's the same way that we've competed organizationally. We didn't have all the fancy endorsements early on. We remember - you know, we had some courageous endorsements from Barbara Williams and some other folks - but most of the big names here in ... California went the other way. And yet, we were able to compete everywhere.
Why is that? Essentially, groups formed themselves using technology. We have an Open Source system. For people to just grab onto good ideas. They start organizing their neighbors, organizing their friends. And, next thing you knew, we'd built the best political organization in the country. And that's what we have. I mean, we have the best national political organization that anybody has seen in a generation.
This realization by Barack that his success is due (at least partly) to the connectivity of the Internet is important.
There is a Revolution taking hold of American politics. I only fear that this Revolution continues to thrive on the wrong side of the aisle.
We continue to have work to do. I hope you're with me.
[Pardon the partisanship, this item was cross-posted with a smile from TechRepublican.]