FOUR DIRECTIONS confirmed the full double-match! I was totally confident that they would, but I am still thrilled to know that they have.
At stake in Michigan in November 2022:
- All 4 elected executive offices in Michigan (Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Lt. Gov.)
- Control of the (currently) hard-line rabid Michigan State Legislature (House and Senate)
- Two Michigan Supreme Court Seats
- Control of the US House of Representatives
Also at stake is every single election outcome from Governor to dog-catcher!
I don’t need to tell any of you that when we donate to boots-on-the-ground organizations, we are not just helping one single candidate in a single race.
It helps IN EVERY RACE.
It helps build the relationships that help us win the next election after that, and the one after that.
There is about $350 left on the match from BJ Angel #7 and there are more angels waiting in the wings.
Let’s do this!
John always likes me to remind people that no one should ever feel obligated to donate in response to any fundraising request here, whether it’s for political fundraising or to support the Balloon Juice site. Everyone is part of the Balloon Juice community, donations or no donations!
The math: when we have a double-match + a BJ angel donor
If you donate $50 through THIS thermometer: Our Balloon Juice angel adds $50 to that, for a total of $100. Which the FOUR DIRECTION donor double-matches, adding $200, for a total of $300. So your $50 turns into $300!
If you donate $10 through THIS thermometer: Our Balloon Juice angel adds $10 to that, for a total of $20. Which the FOUR DIRECTION donor double-matches, adding $40, for a total of $60. So your $10 turns into $60!
If you donate $100 through THIS thermometer: Our Balloon Juice angel adds $50 to that, for a total of $150. Which the FOUR DIRECTION donor double-matches, adding $300, for a total of $450. So your $100 turns into $450!
Remember to add your donation in the comments in order to be counted for the Angel Match.
With each new angel match, you can be matched up to $50 even if a previous angel has matched you before.
$15,000 in one day on Friday was amazing!
$5,000 more over the weekend with no fundraising posts was outstanding.
Thanks to everyone, from the $1 donors to the angels to the external double-matchers that Four Directions found to meet our challenge.
I just plugged the effort in the local election thread below.
Yay double match!
O. Felix Culpa
Reposting from below:
Just popping in to say that the White House has started a soft launch today of the website to order free COVID tests. The official start is tomorrow, but I just ordered mine at covidtests.gov.
In for $100.
@O. Felix Culpa: Thanks. Just ordered mine.
In for 50 – I think – confirmation page weirded out but got the e-mail.
Checking on a technicality:
I put in $50 last week and it counted toward the match.
If I toss in another $25 now, will it count for the current match?
And $100 here.
In for $50.
@David Fud: Thank you! With the double-match Four Directions found and the angel match, that’s $450 to Michigan!
@snoey: Thank you! With the double-match Four Directions found and the angel match, that’s $300 to Michigan!
@SiubhanDuinne: Yes! New angel, new match! I’ll add that to my earlier note.
@WendyBinFL: Thank you! Your $100 turned into $450 to Michigan.
@mac8: Your $50 turned into $300 for Michigan! thank you
@Omnes Omnibus: Nicely done! Thank you so much. Good point about posting the link elsewhere if people are up for that.
Ron Johnson self-pwning.
Thanks to all for these efforts-
playing with matches again wheeee!
Added $50. Go Blue.
Just donated $100 to Four Directions / Michigan / ActBlue. Big thanks for connecting us with such a worthy effort.
I put in $50.00.
In for fifty clams, assistance from an angel is always welcome.
@VeniceRiley: LOL, thanks
I put in $25 earlier this month and just added another $25
Thanks, angel matchers
Is Angel Match #7 complete? I had told myself that I had reached my limit, but I will put in another $50. However, I can’t remember if my last $50 was for this match, and if it was, I want to wait for the next match. :-)
Never commented before, but I donated $50 to help the cause.
Thank you to WaterGirl and all donors, angelic and otherwise! Michigan is going to get a nice surprise in 2022, thanks to our support of Four Directions.
Since there isn’t an open thread, I’ll drop this here:
US Senate candidate Gary Chambers (D-LA), cuts a campaign ad against the drug war, featuring him lighting up a blunt.
Already gone viral with over 700,000 views.
I salute your bravery, Mr. Chambers.
@CALawTalkingGuy: Thank you so much! Your $50 turned into $300 for Michigan.
Welcome to commenting!
I had to manually approve your first comment, but from now on everyone will be able to see your comment right away.
In for fifty!
@SkyBluePink: Thank you, that’s $300 for Michigan!
Will this still be open tomorrow when the social security check lands?
@VeniceRiley: And another $300 for Michigan! thank you
@Caphilldcne: And another $300 for Michigan. than you
@way2blue: Thank you! $450 for Michigan.
@greengoblin: Love your nym! That’s $300 for Michigan.
@BruceFromOhio: Your $50 turned into $300 for Michigan!
@skerry: Hi there, did I reply to the earlier $25? Trying to figure if that got credited to another match.
For now I’ll credit this $25 today, so let me know. thanks! Another $150 for Michigan!
Angel match #7 is now complete! Angel match #8 is starting!
So everybody is now eligible for the new match, if desired.
@Wolvesvalley: You are now eligible for the new angel match #8!
@Cacti: Is weed legal in that state?
@sab: Yes! We still have a couple of BJ angels waiting in the wings.
@Omnes Omnibus: How is that a self-pwn?
@Omnes Omnibus: Holy shit, keeping the filibuster is at 4.3% with over 50,000 votes.
@Cacti: I too salute Mr. Chambers and his point his spot on. How many lives, mostly black and brown, have been ruined by ridiculous pot laws?
@WaterGirl: I believe LA decriminalized possession of a certain amount.
But even among legalization advocates in DC, how many have the stones to spark up a blunt in a campaign ad?
@RaflW: You must have to be logged in to see the results? I tried to vote and twitter told me to either log in or fuck off. (paraphrase)
@WaterGirl: Look at the results.
Just donated $100
@WaterGirl: I don’t remember you replying to the first $25. Thanks
I just put in more than $50.
Aha, when I voted it was 75% to let Dems win and it has been getting worse for him.
More beans for dinner. ;<(
@Omnes Omnibus: I couldn’t see the results. Twitter just asked me to log in.
@CarolPW: Thank you! Your $50 turned into $300!
@Omnes Omnibus: Boy, it might just be worth logging into Twitter to be able to help contribute to that!
@Dan B: Michigan thanks you for your $300!
Balloon Juice Angel #7 is about to add her $1,000 match in the thermometer!
It’s $22, 275 at the moment, watch for the jump to $23,275!
Well, i am pretty broke again, but want to get in on this matching action, so let’s throw an odd (though even!) amount into the pot, for luck!
@Cacti: He just threw down a gauntlet for John Fetterman in PA. Who has been for legal weed since forever.
@Wolvesvalley: Just put in that $50.
We are so close to $25,000! It would be so great to get there tonight!
Just chipped in a Franklin; alert the matchers.
@something fabulous: $18 then? If it’s $18, that turns into $108 for Michigan! If it’s not 18, then tell me what it is and I will make the correction. thank you!
Sometimes I think the most generous givers are the folks who are in a spot where they don’t have as much disposable income as they like, yet they still give a dollar or 5 dollars or 10 dollars. (or 18!)
@Wolvesvalley: Your $50 for this match turned into $300!
@Uncle Cosmo: The matchers have been alerted! That’s $450 for Michigan!
Chipped in $50 (my fourth donation, and might not have done them all were it not for the BJ Angels). Sad that we’ll probably never do this for my red state, but happy to try to help other states turn blue.
Long time lurker in for $100.
@stinger: Thank you, stinger! That’s $300 for Michigan!
I am willing to bet that a lot of these donations are from people who are digging deeper because of the BJ angels. So lucky to have them.
We have now matched $500 of the current BJ angel match of $1,500!
@WaterGirl: Yep, 18 it is!! thanks for this nice thought. Matches (and your posting and tracking them for us!) are so inspiring!
@CapybaraTeam6: Wow, thank you!
I just approved your first comment, so future comments will show up for everyone right away. That’s $450 for Michigan!
We have nearly $1,000 of the current angel match still available, so I think it’s safe for me to head to bed. I will check first thing in the morning and let everyone where the match stands then.
Thanks to all, whether you have donated, have helped spread the work or provide encouragement.
Just added $300. Grateful to Four Directions for the work they’re doing and to Four Directions and BJ for the chance to help out, even if it’s just in a small way.
@Torrey: Holy cow! Your $300 turned into $1,050 for Michigan.
Angel match #8 is for $1,500, and we have met $750 of that match!
There is still $750 of match money available for angel match #8!
You guys have probably all figured out by now that I try to leverage the angel matches all of your generous donating to get the maximum impact for our donations.
With all the amazing BJ Angels who stepped forward for Michigan, and with all the generous donating, or “playing with matches” as one of our BJ peeps likes to say, we have a great opportunity here to do even more than we hoped for.
Three of our $1,000 angel matches were going to be paid by check, but by “trading matches” with other BJ Anlels who were waiting in the wings, each of the three angels is putting their $1,000 in the thermometer today.
For the math peeps: $24,500 (this morning) + $3,000 (thermometer angel matches) + $1,500 (assuming you guys match the remaining $750 of that angel match) + $750 (that hopefully you guys will donate to complete the $1,500 match) = $29,750!
Last weekend I asked Lewis at Four Directions to look into a possible double-match for an extra $5k in case we hit $30,000 like we did for Wisconsin. Lewis came through with a single match, and he is working on another single match.
So if we get to $30,000, that will turn into at least $85,000 for Michigan, and most likely $90,000 because Lewis expects to be able to find another match for the $5k in the next couple of days.
The $3,000 that was going to be paid by check will be the start of angel matching for our next boots-on-the-ground fundraising, whatever that will be. (The plan is for some organization in GA, AZ, WI or MI. The specific organization has not been identified yet, but we’re working on it!)
Congratulations, everyone! We are collectively awesome!
Quite simply amazing! Thank you.
One of the three $1,000 matches was added to the thermometer to get us to $25,520.
I think we’ll see the next $1,000 angel match soon.
Not sure when the third $1,000 angel either checks email or gets home from work, but I’ll let you know when it has arrived.