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21st Century Campaign: Anyone Can Mobilize — See How!

Technology and the internet are driving the campaigns this election cycle unlike ever before. Using the internet to spread messages, organize grassroots volunteers, and raise money, the candidates are embracing the 21st century. As a result a new generation of active citizens feels more engaged with the election process.

I caught up with one young citizen who is still enthusiastic about this seemingly endless primary season. She has dedicated a ton of her free time to organizing a large fundraiser, and an all out good time, for Barack Obama. Here's what the organizer of ObamaRama SF had to say about planning the event, which goes down tomorrow in San Francisco while we all await the Indiana and North Carolina primary results! Would you consider throwing a fundraiser for your favorite candidate?

What is the event all about?
It’s about coming to celebrate hope, change, and community! To reflect Obama’s strong support of technology, we’re also trying to make it as tech-savvy as possible, broadcasting the primary live at the venue, and implementing heavy web-based promotion.

What made you want to plan this fundraiser?
We wanted to contribute to the election in some way, other than voting, because in the past that hasn’t proved successful. For me, it’s not really about Barack Obama. I’m doing this for myself, for my friends, for this country. He just happens to be the person who’s going to bring about the change that we need. Once I realized that I knew enough supporters, and that (thanks to technology) I could really pull it off, that’s when I got up the motivation.

Is this an "elitist" event? To see this Obama-maniac's answer,

Definitely not! Everyone should feel welcome; it’s about the community. Obviously, it’s a fundraiser, so you have to be able to scrounge up $25, but I don’t think that’s too much to sacrifice for the future of our country.

Would you vote for Hillary if she gets the nomination?
Well, I’ll say this, I’m certainly not letting McCain into office.

What's your favorite thing about Obama?
My favorite thing is that he’s refused to accept PAC money in his campaign. He’s amply winning the finance battle on his own terms, and motivating people like myself to donate; I think that’s noble and an example of true leadership.

I like that he is really knowledgeable about technology. He has spent time talking with influential leaders in Silicon Valley and technological founders of the modern web, to understand technology issues and how government policies affect tech. That is a huge step from "the Internet is a series of tubes.”

Was it more difficult to get people excited about this since the campaign has been going on so long?
Not at all. Once we get ourselves in front of people (flyering), the response is usually amazing. Strangers are patting us on the back for it.

If you could change one thing about this campaign, what would it be?
I think it reflects poorly on the Democratic party that there’s such vicious warfare going on between Hillary and Obama. But, that’s politics, and you do what you have to. When Obama is President, we’ll all be glad he was in it to win it.

Do you think people are less enthused to give money to a front runner who already has such a big war chest?
Since we’re not asking people to max out their contribution, just for $25, people don’t seem to be concerned with the fact that they’ll be giving money away; people are just excited to be a part of and enjoy this wonderful night. Especially in politics, people know that a front-runner today can be gone tomorrow, so we need to support what we believe in regardless of the standings.

Join The Conversation
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
gas tax holiday tip, good to know, Jillness! i think the gas tax holiday is such a waste of time
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Just a little policy fun... About the "Gas Tax Holiday": Obama's stance was backed up by 230 economists who released a letter Monday opposing the gas tax holiday. The signers included four Nobel Prize winners and economic advisers to presidents of both parties.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Cucumbers are sooo good! And red peppers! Do you ever put cucumbers in your water? Its so good! very refreshing!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I like a similar mix, Cabaker! I loooove cucumbers. The crunch is so wonderful.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I wonder if iceberg has negative calories like celery... Personally, I like the mixes of romaine, raddichio and spinach...
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I must have missed something, does Iceberg give you street cred or something? Do you absorb the needs of Americans by ingesting greens that are nutritonally void (If Iceberg can even be called "green")? What have we come to if Arugula is offensive???? Oy! I think the Obama campaign's ability to reach out to people who want to get involved and volunteer is a great thing. Getting more people active and involved in our political system is certainly positive! :)
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
Oh man, I love seersucker suits! I'm coming to this party for sure!
syako syako 9 years
mccainiac. I love it!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Sometimes in a marriage, you just need to change partners to spice things up. Hillary and Bill O'Reilly and McCain and Jon Stewart.
stephley stephley 9 years
This just came in my email - should make some of you happy: "John McCain's Baker's Dozen John McCain will make his thirteenth -- thirteenth! -- appearance on The Daily Show this Wednesday, May 7. That's more Daily Show appearances than any other guest in the history of ever! What is the deal with John McCain and Jon Stewart. Why don't they just get married and have a politically confused baby already? Huh?"
syako syako 9 years
my husband's seersucker suit is at the cleaners, I'll pick it up this afternoon to be ready for the par-tay! :dance:
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
If the McCain Girls are showing up, change my vote to McCain!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Ha ha! Cabaker it is on!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Fellas bust out the Topsiders and red striped ties! Ladies bring out the pearls! Lets have us a McCainiac party!
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Haha! Thanks, I love my new dress. :) Just thought I would share how regular Janes are getting involved beyond voting!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Ha! No Stiletta, I am a resident conservative here, I would go crazy if it were like that everyday! :) Liberty you are looking pretty sharp too! I swear I am not kissing ass for top commenter ;)
stiletta stiletta 9 years
Thanks, Cine, I thought I logged on to Mother Jones' website by mistake.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Yeah, normally it's much worse for McCain ;)
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
No problem Citizen! stiletta, today is a bit Obama heavy, it is not always like this.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Why thank you for noticing! Red does become me ;)
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I didn't realize this site was a mouthpiece of Obama.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Ah. I don't eat many salads.... Lettuce gives me indigestion
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Hey citizen you changed your clothes! Red looks good on you!
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
And as my mom says, tastes like old tires... ;)
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
:rotfl: cabaker!
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