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Internet group raises funds for 11 Texas Dems (english)
23 Aug 2003
"Let's show Texas Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst that there are political consequences for doing Tom Delay's Congressional dirty work in Texas."
Internet group raises funds for 11 Texas Dems
Reuters News Service, August 23, 2003

DALLAS - The grass-roots Internet group MoveOn.org (see - https://www.moveon.org/texasads/) said today it expected to raise $1 million to support 11 Texas Democratic senators who fled to New Mexico over a redistricting fight.

The liberal, Web-based group, which has helped raise millions of dollars for Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean, launched the campaign earlier this week that will produce television ads and radio spots to criticize a White House-backed plan to redraw Texas congressional districts.

The redistricting would add about five to seven Republican seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, adding to a narrow Republican majority.

"This is the single biggest fund-raising campaign we have done on a single issue," said Zack Exley, organizing director for MoveOn.

As of early today, the group had received about $850,000, with the average contribution about $30, he said. The campaign started after one of the 11 senators posted a letter on the site on Tuesday.

The Democrats fled to Albuquerque in neighboring New Mexico about a month ago to break a quorum in the state senate and stop a proposal to redraw the state's congressional districts. Republicans control the Texas Legislature for first time in 130 years.

Texas' congressional maps were redrawn in 2001 by a panel of federal judges when the legislature could not agree on a plan. Most states usually redraw maps once every 10 years when U.S. Census figures on population have been tabulated.

Leticia Van de Putte, the leader of the 11 fugitive Democrats, was pleased by the Internet campaign.

"We never imagined there would be such an overwhelming amount of support from across the country coming our way in such a short time," she said.
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http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2063280
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