January 9, 2009
What We Accomplished
By Jim Babka

Quote of the Day: "The political spirit is the great force in throwing the love of truth and accurate reasoning into a secondary place." -- John Viscount Morley of Blackburn (1838-1923), Source: On Compromise, 1874

Subject: What we accomplished in 2008

We raised and spent roughly $168,000. We used this money to . . .

Research and write 212 Dispatch messages. These messages had a massive educational impact. The total known circulation of these messages was 4,480,457, plus a huge unknown number of Dispatches that Downsizers forwarded to other people. Downsizers also used our Tell-a-friend system to alert more than 26,000 people about Downsize DC campaigns.

All of these messages, taken together, not only had a large educational impact, but also recruited 8,754 newly registered Downsizers over the course of the year. This increase in the size of our Downsize DC Army enabled us to pound Congress with 465,510 messages asking for smaller government.

This means that the average Congressional office heard from a DC Downsizer roughly 900 times.

When we started in 2004 we had no registered DC Downsizers. All we had was a small email list, courtesy of Harry Browne. By the beginning of 2007 we had 15,832 subscribers to the Downsizer Dispatch. We started off last year with 21,367. Today, 24,312 will receive this message.

In 2008 we accomplished a lot of education, recruitment, and action for roughly $168,000. If you think this is a good result then congratulate yourself for being a frugal consumer of political action services. But you haven't seen anything yet. Because the biggest achievement of 2008 was that all of the activities described above are now pre-funded for all of 2009.

This means that, starting now, nearly every additional dollar we raise in 2009 will be used for direct outreach to recruit more new DC Downsizers, and make our army grow faster than anything we've achieved before.

If you like the sound of that, and like how efficient we are with money, then please make a contribution or start a monthly credit card pledge to make this new recruitment happen.

Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army.

Jim Babka
President, Inc.

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