Democrats: $1 a Day Sends Norm Coleman Away

Groups pressure GOP holdout by funding other candidates
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2009 7:09 AM CDT
Al Franken looks at his wife Franni, as he talks with reporters after a court confirmed that Franken won the most votes in his 2008 Senate race against Republican Norm Coleman.   (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
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(Newser) – A pair of Democratic groups think the best way to get rid of Norm Coleman is by pressuring his fellow Republicans. The newly formed Progressive Change Campaign Committee, together with Howard Dean’s Democracy for America, has sent an email to more than a million addresses asking supporters to donate $1 to help elect other Democrats for every day Coleman “refuses to concede.”

“If Republicans up for re-election in 2010 see the progressives who are out to defeat them get an infusion of donations each day that Coleman is obstinate, what do you think will happen?” the email asks. So far, the effort’s pulled in $15,000. A spokesman for Coleman responded by suggesting that the group use the money to pay Al Franken’s back taxes.