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In an earlier diary, I suggested that Democrats opposed to the FMA contribute to the Democratic rivals of vulnerable Republican FMA cosponsors.  Well, one of those vulnerable cosponsors is Chris Chocola of Indiana's Second District.  

Chocola is a first-term Republican who won election with 50.45% of the vote.  At present, his only Democratic opponent is Joe Donnelly, who's been mentioned several times on Daily Kos, and is now among its advertizers - his is the "Crack the Whip!" ad.

So, when you contribute to Donnelly, I'd like to suggest that your donation end in $3.01, marking your donation as that of a Kossack and an FMA opponent.

In the meantime, I'm still collecting information on the Democratic rivals of the other vulnerable Republican FMA cosponsors.  With the help of thirdparty and Open Secrets, here are the ones I've got:

(AZ-02) Franks      v. Camacho
(CO-07) Beauprez    v. Thomas
(FL-05) Waite-Brown v. Moore
(GA-11) Gingrey     v. Crawford
(GA-12) Burns       v. Cortellino, Haines, or Barrow
(IL-08) Crane       v. Bean, Hammes, or Scheurer
(MN-06) Kennedy     v. Robert
(NJ-07) Ferguson    v. Brozak
(NM-02) Pearce      v. King or Steinborn
(OH-04) Turner      v. Mitakides
(TX-04) Hall        v. Nickerson or Ashford

According to Open Secrets, those Democrats with the most contributions are Barrow ($492,600), Bean ($149,294), Haines ($125,376), Steinborn ($96,096), and Crawford ($66,021), with the rest having collected less than $50,000.

Unfortunately, I have no information on the potential Democratic opponents of the following vulnerable Republican FMA cosponsors:

(AL-03) Rogers
(MI-11) McCotter
(NC-08) Hayes
(NJ-05) Garrett
(OK-01) Sullivan
(OK-04) Cole

Again, any additional information would be greatly appreciated.  Post it below, or send me an email.

Originally posted to Drew on Wed Feb 25, 2004 at 07:02 PM PST.

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  •  Phil Crane... (none)
    is not going anywhere.  You're much better off to bombard him with email and letters and phone calls.  The guy's relatively moderate and might be inclined to oppose FMA if properly persuaded.

    Stop fascism in America. Vote Democratic. Even if it is Kerry <gag>

    by ultrageek on Wed Feb 25, 2004 at 07:04:48 PM PST

    •  He's a cosponsor. (none)
      I doubt I'd be able to pursuade him otherwise.

      I'm not sure how to measure whether he's moderate, but in the eyes of the AFL-CIO (5%), the LCV (5%-13%), the HRC (0%), Planned Parenthood (0%), and NAACP (17%), he's not.

      •  That's how he's painted in the northern suburbs... (none)
        Or at least that's what I heard when I was working out there.  So, if there's a disconnect between his record and his reputation, fundraising will help.

        Stop fascism in America. Vote Democratic. Even if it is Kerry <gag>

        by ultrageek on Wed Feb 25, 2004 at 08:17:22 PM PST

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  •  Good idea! (none)
    Have any of those democratic candidates taken a position on the FMA? I would give money to Donnelly, but I don't want to support someone who will also vote for the FMA.
    •  Haines (none)
      Opposes the FMA, I think.  I'm not sure about the others, although I'm sure there are opponents among them.

      I wouldn't let that hold you back, tho.  Even if the Democrat might support the FMA, the loss of a Republican supporter would make other Republicans think twice about trying the same anti-gay tactics that lost their comrade an election.

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