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DONATE: Josh Derke, the Michigan Dem who epically smacked down homophobic, anti-gay group now has a fundraising page

A couple of days ago I wrote about the letter Josh Derke, candidate for Michigan’s 93rd House District sent to the anti-gay, ragingly homophobic leader of the group “Public Advocate of the United States”. It was an epic, eloquent smack down and the piece has gone viral getting over 11,500 hits as of this morning. The cross-posted version at Daily Kos got an untold number of hits as it spent most of the day at the top of the Recommended List.

Josh now has a fundraising page up at JoshDerke.ruck.us.

Please stop over and drop some folding money into Josh’s tip jar so that he can defeat his Republican opponent.…

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LAST DAY, 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – 5 million visitors and growing

A big thank you to everyone who has contributed during this quarter’s fundraiser. It’s been a bit quieter than usual. Hopefully that’s a sign that everyone is tapped out giving to their favorite Democratic Party candidates and not that you’re not getting value out of the work we do here at Eclectablog. Judging by site traffic, it appears that you DO enjoy our work – we just surpassed 5 million visitors this past quarter. That’s a pretty huge milestone.

If you’d like to join those who find what we do here at Eclectablog worthy of supporting financially, there are three ways to help.…

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Day 6, 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – I want money, that’s what I want

One of my favorite lines from the epic novel Infinite Jest by the late David Foster Wallace is, “He’s one of these people who doesn’t need much, much less much more.” That pretty much describes me. Anne and I live a fairly simple life without a lot of expensive toys besides our computers and iPads. However, in order to run a blog, you need to raise funds if the writers are to be paid. And writers SHOULD be paid. As progressives we fight every day to build a world where people are respected, treated fairly, and given a fair wage for their work.…

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Day 5, 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – Your support DOES make a difference

I’ll keep it short and sweet today. We work our tails off to bring you the high quality content you have come to expect from Eclectablog. In return, we hope you get enough value out of our work to chip in a little to ensure that all of our regular contributors are paid.

It’s important to me that our writers ARE paid. There are very few – scandalously few, in my opinion – blogs that pay their writers. But you can spot the ones that do because they keep their staff for a lot longer and the quality of the writing is significantly better.…

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Day 4, 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – We are a community, help us flourish and grow


Team Eclectablog – l-r, LOLGOP, Charles Gaba, Chris Savage (“Eclectablog”), Anne Savage, Amy Lynn Smith, and Emma White

When I look at this picture I get a little goosepimply. When I first started blogging, it was a one-dude show and it was pretty amateur at that. However, bit by bit, Eclectablog has grown into something substantial, something useful, and something that is changing the conversation in important ways. Everyone in the photo contributes to that and I’m proud of what we’ve built together.

The best part of all of this is how we’re creating a community at Eclectablog. In addition to our staff of writers, we now have regular commenters who add to the quality of your experience here.…

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Day 3: 3rd Quarter Fundraiser – We work for you so you’re in the know

Eclectablog readers are informed voters.

There are plenty of reasons to support the work we do here at Eclectablog. But one of the best reasons I can think of is this:

We work for you. And our work helps you take action that makes a difference in Michigan.

It’s especially important in an election year when we stand poised to take back our state from the extremists who have had us in a stranglehold since 2010.

But you know as well as I do that the mainstream media isn’t always going to give you the information you need to make informed choices.…

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Day 2: 3rd Quarter fundraiser – If we all do what we can, those Kochs can’t win

There is no voter outreach strategy in politics more effective than a volunteer showing up and knocking on a door. It’s the kind of outreach money literally can’t buy.

Thus: When progressives get out the vote, Democrats win.

It’s a simple formula and no one I’ve ever met lives it better than Chris Savage. When this man isn’t waking up early to interview more than a dozen teachers about Rick Snyder’s failed educational experiments, organizing meetings, recruiting canvassers, supporting his bloggers, knocking on doors or actually blogging, he’s working his full-time job.

If you had an army of Chris Savages, you couldn’t lose.…

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Day 1: 3rd Quarter fundraiser – Eclectablog represents for Michigan, represents for YOU. Please help support US!

Support your local bloggers!

This week we’ll be coming to you once a day for our second quarter fundraiser. I am determined to prove that we can have a successful site where all of the writers are paid. However, that can only happen with support from our readers. Your financial support will also allow us to bring on new writers, something I am keen to do in the coming year.

This past week, Team Eclectablog was at the Netroots Nation conference, helping to promote the causes that we care about and representing on behalf of our state and on behalf of YOU.…

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Be a hero: Support MICHUHCAN’s health care advocacy at their annual dinner

Enjoy a great evening on June 20 to benefit a great organization.


MICHUHCAN has been championing health care justice in Michigan since long before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law. There’s still plenty of work to be done, and MICHUHCAN needs your support.

Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network (MICHUHCAN) is a state-wide network that promotes comprehensive health care for all. The organization also works to make Michigan healthier through education, strategy development and advocacy.

MICHUHCAN’s annual dinner on June 20 is its biggest fundraising event of the year. The event supports the organization’s efforts, which include a team of experts from medicine, law and community groups working as a consistent voice for justice in Michigan health policy to protect the rights of patients and health care consumers.…

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Ann Arbor fundraiser for Mark Schauer/Lisa Brown – May 15th, 4:30-6:30p. Please join us!

Anne and I are pleased to be part of the host committee for an upcoming fundraiser for the gubernatorial campaign of Mark Schauer and his running mate Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown. The fundraiser is being sponsored by our amazing friends at Citizens Against Government Overreach (CAGO) and the Michigan Education Association PAC.

The reception is from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15th at the Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor (114 East Washington Street) and will feature music by David Roof. Mark will join us at 5:00 p.m. to discuss their campaign and his plan to lead Michigan out of the corporatist morass we find ourselves in today.…

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