WASHINGTON---Barack Obama campaign finance chair Penny Pritzker and Democratic National Committee finance chair Phil Murphy have a message for some 45 high end slackers part of the National Finance Committee: make the 1,000 calls they all collectively promised to make or they will find someone who will. That's in a memo just sent to Obama's best fund-raisers. Pritzker and Murphy are also hunting for hot prospects, asking each NFC member to come up with 25 names. The duo is offering to "research their giving history" to give them some good intelligence before they make the contact.
Here's the memo
Subject: Call-a-thon Update / Next Phase from Penny Pritzker & Phil Murphy
The call-a-thon has produced great results but we still have more work to do.
Thank you to those who have taken the time and effort to make these calls. It
is paying off tremendously. We know this is not easy work.
As of this morning, the program has produced over $2 million with $1.1 million
First, we have not heard back from over 45 NFC members who originally agreed to
make calls. Please either make them or send them back to Julie Tagen to be
re-distributed. Those 1,000+ calls could be made by others willing to make the
calls. Also, we still have 600 calls from our original list that need to be
made, so if you have an extra hour or two for the campaign, please request an
additional list today.
Second, please work to collect on your outstanding pledges by following up with
the donors. If you need your list of pledges, please let Julie know and she will
send them to you.
Lastly and importantly, we will now enter Phase II of the call-a-thon. We are
asking that you send us your top 25 prospects that you plan on soliciting for
either OVF or CFC. We will research their giving-history (phone number and
other vital information, if necessary) and send it back to you to call and
follow-up for donations. As you call and get results, please send them back
to us and we will tally them back to you and the call-a-thon program.
Attached is a template to use for your prospects. Please fill in the blanks and
send back to Julie Tagen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The call-a-thon team will do the
research and return it to you to begin making the calls. As with all
call-a-thon calls, please send back live results to Julie by email (above) or
Thank you for being a part of this program and working toward victory in
Penny Pritzker and Phil Murphy