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Old September 18th, 2008, 12:54 AM   #1
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Grassroots Fundraising: Hanna from Missouri

Hanna, 25, from St. Louis, Missouri supports Barack Obama because “our country needs somebody who is not just a great leader, but someone who can motivate other people to get involved in their communities and take control of their government.”

Hanna wanted to find way to show her support, and decided to create a personal fundraising page at my.barackobama.com. “It’s an incredibly easy way to do fundraising,” she says. “You can upload your email contacts directly from your email program, so I sent it to my whole email address book. Then I sent more emails to a more targeted list once I got a sense of who was interested and supported Barack.”

Hanna also put a link on her Facebook page.

So far, she has raised $1075 – already exceeding her original goal of $1000.
I just thought it was going to be interesting to see if I could raise that much money. I supported the campaign, and the grassroots fundraising idea was a cool way for me to do something beyond registering voters. It’s so easy to do! People can help raise funds even if they don’t have the time or resources to be a bigger part of the campaign.
When she reaches her goal, Hanna plans to keep her fundraising page up and set a new goal to work towards for the election. "My friends, family, and my friends’ parents have all donated. They all like to feel like they’re supporting me, which is cool. The only problem I have now is that many of my donors have started their own fundraising pages instead of donating to mine,” she laughs. “Though that’s a great thing!”

Grassroots fundraising is central to this campaign. Barack has sworn off money from lobbyists, so our campaign is entirely funded by people like you. You can set up your own grassroots fundraising page at my.barackobama.com.

Have you had good luck on your grassroots fundraising page? If so, send us your stories to blog@barackobama.com and let us know how you’re doing.

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