Batting for dollars


Geraldine Sealey
February 6, 2004 2:35AM (UTC)

This morning, Howard Dean said Wisconsin (Feb. 17) was his win-or-withdraw state and asked supporters to help him raise $700,000 by Sunday to fund his last-ditch effort to stay in the race. Out came the good old Dean fund-raising "bat," the baseball bat image that pops up on the Dean Web site and fills with red as a money drive nears its goal. From the looks of the nearly-blood red bat on the page right now, Dean's supporters don't want to let him down as he dangles before them the possible near-end of his candidacy.

On the official campaign blog, Dean's Internet organizer Zephyr Teachout was ecstatic over the Win Wisconsin bat: "You are buzzing, you are swinging, and you are absolutely incredible! You are going to take the country back," she wrote.

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"A reporter from CBS just called to say, 'what is going on???' You are what is going on. You are still defining the debate, and the race -- and with your help Dean will catapult out of Wisconsin towards the March 2, Super Tuesday states, and from there to the nomination and the Presidency. As of 4 PM ET, you've raised $458,112.05. 6217 people have contributed an average of $73.62."


Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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