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kotetu
11-23-2007, 11:13 AM
CALL TO ARMS
We recently bought a list of 700,000 names of potential voters who need to hear about Ron Paul. Thousands of letters have already been written, but the more people who write letters and send them, the faster it will get done! We have a little over a month for Iowa, let's make it a HARD FOUGHT campaign! Let's WIN!


NEWS
FOR IOWA: 503,046 Addresses Distributed ; 196,070 To Go
FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE: 14,605 Addresses Distributed ; 84,459 To Go
(link for source (http://www.rp-supporters.com/letters.html))
Request addresses online directly! (link (http://www.louislogan.com/letters/add_request.asp))

DATA

Hello from sunny California,

The Ron Paul Los Angeles Meetup has purchased a list of 700,000 Iowa mailing addresses and is organizing a national letter writing campaign. This effort will mean personal, hand-written letters from Ron Paul supporters nationwide delivered to undecided voters in Iowa, where the presidential nominees will be selected JANUARY 3rd. We feel that the personal nature of this effort will appeal to the people of Iowa, and set us apart from the form letters they all get from the 'other' campaigns.

This is a massive undertaking and we need everyone's help. With support from the meetups, we can cover all 700,000 names on the list before January 3rd which will have a huge effect on the nomination.

Please respond with a standard email address and be sure to list which meetup (Including group number and state) you organize ASAP and I will reply immediately with the names we need you to cover. WE CAN WIN IOWA.

rEVOLution!

Bryce Shonka


SUBJECT MATTER
The idea is to tell them what it is about Ron Paul that got you interested, and why you think he's the right, the ONLY, man for the job!
Here's an article about issues that are important to Iowans! Link to article (http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2007/october/102907poll-issues.html)

Among Republican caucus-goers, terrorism is the most important issue at 21.9 percent. The economy is second at 15.8 percent, followed by the Iraq war (15.5 percent), and immigration (13.7 percent). Rounding out the remaining issues are health care (9.7 percent), abortion (7.2 percent), education (4.0 percent), energy policy (2.9 percent), gay marriage (2.9 percent), agricultural policy (1.4 percent), and the environment (1.1 percent), while 2.2 percent responded "don't know" and 1.8 percent responded "other."

"Republicans are also responding to the messages of their candidates," said Redlawsk. "Where Democrats focus on Iraq, Republicans talk about terrorism and security; the result is that voters also focus on that issue."


SAMPLE LETTERS
Here are 2 sample letters to get you started! Be sure to personalize it and direct them to the official campaign!

Dear ________,

My name is ________ ________ and I live in Los Angeles, CA. A few months ago, I learned about Dr. Ron Paul and what he stands for. He is the first candidate that I've ever felt I could vote for because I believed in him.

Dr. Paul is a 10-term Republican congressman who is the most honest, and has the most consistent point of view and voting record of any elected official, ever. If you go back to interviews in 1988 he had the same opinions as he does today. He does not say what he thinks you want to hear, or pander to special interest groups. He says what he believes in - that the Constitution is the highest form of Law, and each measure should judged on whether or not it upholds the Constitution. He voted against the Iraq war resolution, against the patriot act, and against every tax hike that has ever come up.

Dr. Paul is the only candidate running for President who has signed the American Freedom Pledge - this pledge states that if elected President, the signer will renounce actions that violate our civil liberties, such as torture, domestic spying, detainment of US citizens as enemy combatants, etc. He is the only candidate who wishes to restore the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Presidency.

He is truly a modern day Thomas Jefferson. Please consider voting for Dr. Paul at your Republican caucus on January 3, 2008. I know you are registered "no party." You can register Republican on caucus night to vote for him. You can find out more about him by visiting his website at: www.RonPaul2008.com

Very truly yours,
________ ________



Dear ________,
My name is _____ _________. I am a lawyer in Los Angeles. I have been
married for 25 years and have five children. I have never supported a
presidential candiate before. I have decided to back Dr. Ron Paul for
president, a 10-term Republican congressman and here's why:

(these points are important to Iowans, in particular. Feel free to make your own paragraph from them)

1. In Congress, Dr. Paul has never voted to raise taxes.
2. He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
3. He has been married to the same woman for 50 years.
4. He served in the Military as a flight surgeon.
5. He is the ONLY candidate in either party who is a
Medical Doctor.
6. He strongly support of civil liberties.
7. He views that individuals should be self-RESPONSIBLE.
8. He is consistently named the "Taxpayer's Best Friend".
9. He is the only candidate who unfailingly supports the
constitution.

Please consider voting for Dr. Paul at your Republican caucus on January
3, 2008. I understand you are registered "no party." You can register Republican on caucus night to vote for him.

I would love to hear what you think of Dr. Paul. Please email me
your thoughts to: _______@_______._______.

Very truly yours,
_______ ___________


CONTACT FOR NAME/ADDRESS REQUESTS
Search Ron Paul Meetup on google to find your local meetup group, they will have names/addresses to hand out. Or you can email Bryce, Josh, Chris, Don, or myself:

Request addresses online directly! (link (http://www.louislogan.com/letters/add_request.asp))
bshonka AT gmail.com
rshimshock AT yahoo.com
hellzballer AT yahoo.com
chrisdeal AT lansdalecj.com
donmooney AT hotmail.com
letterstoiowa AT gmail.com

me3
11-23-2007, 01:00 PM
Bump PLEASE READ FIRST POST!

Mckarnin
11-23-2007, 01:10 PM
Great idea! Will do.

sedele
11-23-2007, 01:26 PM
bump

EricRAlbrecht
11-23-2007, 01:29 PM
Ive written 12 so far (by hand).

This is easy and effective. Please help out!

TechnoGuyRob
11-23-2007, 01:31 PM
Wow, this is actually going to happen. :) Iowa has a population of 3 million, and only 5% of Iowa's population shows up to caucuses, so that's about 150,000 people. We could make a serious impact with this if an extra 550,000 show up that support Ron Paul. :p

apc3161
11-23-2007, 01:43 PM
I don't see this list on my meetup group. Does someone have the email of this person such that I can ask him for a list of people that my Durham, NC meetup group can write to.

me3
11-23-2007, 01:56 PM
Send it to your MeetUp organizer and have them contact the LA group to get the information.

kotetu
11-23-2007, 01:59 PM
It is best to send it to your meetup organizer - here is the email address for Bryce, I believe he has the list!!

bshonka AT gmail.com

Patrick Henry
11-23-2007, 02:44 PM
Placemark:cool:

sluggo
11-23-2007, 03:02 PM
Ok, I checked my local meetup's page and can't find anything about this. I want to pass it along to them, but I just want to make sure that I understand the job.

So we get a list of potential voters in Iowa. We write handwritten letters explaining why Ron is the best man for the job, and ask them to take a look at his campaign site etc. Is this right?

EricRAlbrecht
11-23-2007, 03:23 PM
Sluggo: I am handwriting letters and sticking in a slim jim for good measure.

kotetu
11-23-2007, 03:37 PM
Right!

moved letter to first post

seapilot
11-23-2007, 03:42 PM
That is a good letter, I have sent off a dozen. Some people in Clinton Iowa will probably know of me by now.

EricRAlbrecht
11-23-2007, 03:52 PM
Yeah most of mine are in Cedar Rapids. maybe i will become a local celebrity ;)

sluggo
11-23-2007, 04:10 PM
Thanks for the feedback. I like the idea about putting a slim jim in with the letter. I'll get on this over the weekend.

Anything like this going on for SC?

me3
11-23-2007, 07:06 PM
evening bump!

sirachman
11-23-2007, 07:17 PM
AWESOME idea! Make sure to hand address the front also!!

Flirple
11-23-2007, 08:18 PM
You can also Chipin to help the Lincoln, NE Meetup pay for all the necessary materials and postage for the 2600 letters they are trying to comlete. They will not be able to do all of them though if they can't raise enough money to pay for everything. The Chipin widget is in the top left corner of RedStateEclectic.com.
http://redstateeclectic.typepad.com/redstate_commentary/
Thanks.

therealjjj77
11-23-2007, 08:23 PM
Send to Dubuque and Davenport please! We need desperate help in these cities. Maquoketa too, please. Thanks!

Bruehound
11-23-2007, 09:34 PM
I am bumping because this stuff works.

bgky4paul
11-23-2007, 11:40 PM
I've been working on my list for a couple of weeks. I also got a couple of fellow meetup members to share the load. I get a chill of excitement every time I sit down to work on my letters!

kotetu
11-24-2007, 03:29 AM
Great! Keep up the good work guys! Remember, every 10 people writing 100 letters is 1000 people reached for only $41 dollars each! That's fantastic! It's a particularly good way for folks to help out if they have already reached their limit on donating. :)

sluggo
11-24-2007, 08:22 AM
Just a bump

GoneResistance
11-24-2007, 08:30 AM
Be sure to point out that only Ron Paul wants to bring our troops home from Iraq ASAP. Polling indicates over 50% of GOP members in Iowa want the troops back within six months.

Bobby Johnson
11-24-2007, 09:12 AM
Be sure to point out that only Ron Paul wants to bring our troops home from Iraq ASAP. Polling indicates over 50% of GOP members in Iowa want the troops back within six months.

We aren't writing to GOP voters, though. The letter writing campaign is targeting Independant voters. Does anyone know what the hotbutton issues are for them? I would like to know so I could maybe work them into my letters.

kotetu
11-24-2007, 10:42 AM
bump!

MozoVote
11-24-2007, 11:12 AM
You can also Chipin to help the Lincoln, NE Meetup pay for all the necessary materials and postage for the 2600 letters they are trying to comlete. http://redstateeclectic.typepad.com/redstate_commentary/
Thanks.

I chipped. :)

Transaction ID: 01P45549JX9927410
Item Price: $22.00 USD
Total: $22.00 USD
Order Description: Contribution to Letters to Iowa

kotetu
11-24-2007, 02:25 PM
2 ways to chip in guys! Money for stamps, and typed letters that can be printed out! Even if you don't have any money, you can write a nice letter and send it to someone who has money for stamps. Heck, post your letters here! People can hand write them or type them, either way. The key is to get a lot of different people putting out your honest feelings and intentions, just the way Ron does.

1000 meetup groups, if every group did 700 letters we'd be done, but I don't know if that is the case. Let's all try to get as much done as we can.

Aaron

kotetu
11-24-2007, 02:28 PM
I emailed Bryce and asked him to post in this thread. Who here needs names and addresses to send some letters?

sluggo
11-24-2007, 02:29 PM
My handwriting is as bad as a doctors. Are typed letters effective?

kotetu
11-24-2007, 02:31 PM
yes but hand sign them!

LibertyEagle
11-24-2007, 02:36 PM
I emailed Bryce and asked him to post in this thread. Who here needs names and addresses to send some letters?

I do. How do I get them?

sluggo
11-24-2007, 02:39 PM
I need some, too.

LibertyEagle
11-24-2007, 03:27 PM
bump

Maria
11-24-2007, 03:37 PM
I do too

kotetu
11-24-2007, 03:46 PM
working on it! :)

I will get you all in contact with someone who can send you names and addresses.

kotetu
11-24-2007, 03:59 PM
I've emailed a couple of group leaders who should have names for us. Otherwise, you guys can also contact Bryce directly and he should be able to get you as many names as you can handle. his email is in the first post.

Bruehound
11-24-2007, 04:13 PM
The key is to hand address the addresses. NO LABELS!

This really works and will produce caucus goers. Get involved.

kotetu
11-24-2007, 05:09 PM
The more personal the better, of course! :)

kotetu
11-24-2007, 07:03 PM
Guys, please email Josh and Brian on the first page. They can give you names! I heard back from Josh a few minutes ago.

kotetu
11-24-2007, 07:43 PM
keep this up at the top.

Maria
11-24-2007, 09:07 PM
saw their email on the first page, just sent out an email

deedles
11-24-2007, 09:18 PM
Our meetup is working on our first 500 letters. Does someone here believe that typed and signed/hand addressed is as good as totally handwritten? I would love that as I have a nice blister already from writing letters today. Would this be someones opinion or is there some 'scientific' type info that corroborates this typed and signed letter as good as handwritten theory?

alien
11-24-2007, 10:55 PM
My handwriting is as bad as a doctors. Are typed letters effective?

By typed are we talking about a Word doc or an actual typewriter? I want to do this but I am a left hander and my writing is horrible.

kotetu
11-24-2007, 11:56 PM
if you're uncomfortable writing them by hand, type them. Maybe the addresses can be written by hand?

The most important thing is the communication, but the second is the presentation - if they think it looks personal it may give them a better impression! :)

terryhamel
11-25-2007, 01:20 AM
I just sent out 90 letters the other day. I opted to hand write the letter, but scanned and printed it with their name. It's still my handwriting, just not ink from a ball point or felt pen.

EricRAlbrecht
11-25-2007, 09:55 AM
Bumping is this year's "black."

sluggo
11-25-2007, 10:04 AM
I just got my first 100 addresses and will be working on them today. I've also told my meetup about this project, and hopefully some of them will jump onboard as well.

sluggo
11-25-2007, 10:20 AM
Anyone who has not gone to meetup .com to check out the Ron Paul Meetup groups should do it RIGHT NOW. We've got 700,000 names of potential voters who need to hear about Ron Paul. How many have been written yet, I don't know, but the more people who write letters and send them, the faster it will get done! We have a little over a month for Iowa, let's make it a HARD FOUGHT campaign! Let's WIN!

Search Ron Paul Meetup on google to find your local meetup group, they will have names/addresses to hand out.

Aaron

Here is the email address for Bryce, he has the list!!
bshonka AT gmail.com

You can also email Josh, he can give you names/addresses as well!
hellzballer at yahoo.com




The idea is to tell them what it is about Ron Paul that got you interested, and why you think he's the right, the ONLY, man for the job!

Here's my letter, for an example:

Just to clarify something in your letter:

In Iowa, I assume that you must be registered as a Republican to vote in the Republican Primary, and that is not open to Independents?

sluggo
11-25-2007, 10:27 AM
Butting in again, is there a way to get a similar list for South Carolina?

kotetu
11-25-2007, 11:06 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primary_election

I believe you must be of the appropriate party. Iowa does, however, allow you to re-register as a different party AT THE POLL.

kotetu
11-25-2007, 11:29 AM
we'll have to buy names for SC. I can ask the SC groups about that.

alien
11-25-2007, 01:21 PM
I emailed Bryce and asked him to post in this thread. Who here needs names and addresses to send some letters?

I do please give me some. Also, I want to put slim jims in there. Which would be the best for me to order?

kotetu
11-25-2007, 02:06 PM
I'm sure any slim jim that the campaign released would work well. :) Get your names from hellzballer at yahoo.com or bshonka AT gmail.com

LibertyEagle
11-25-2007, 02:09 PM
Are you guys using stationery for this, or what? All I have around here is computer paper. :)

kotetu
11-25-2007, 02:28 PM
I used blank unlined paper. I may mix it up a bit. :)

sluggo
11-25-2007, 03:55 PM
bump

Taco John
11-25-2007, 04:26 PM
Can we get an update on how many addresses have been distributed? It would be nice to know how close to our goal we are.

kotetu
11-25-2007, 04:46 PM
just emailed Bryce asking that very question. :)

expatinireland
11-25-2007, 05:27 PM
I am working on 120 typewritten letters but to make it a bit personal I am making a one line handwritten aside in the bottom margin.

In my case being in Ireland I mention that I am sorely aware of the dollar losing value and concerned for our children about the financial future of the USA. To highlight the drop in the dollar, in the margin I write that it costs US tourists $4 - $5 for a cup of coffee here.

I hope the letter coming from Ireland will give prick peoples curiosity causing them to read it in full.

rs3515
11-25-2007, 05:49 PM
Are you guys using stationery for this, or what? All I have around here is computer paper. :)

You can also print up some stationary using this from Microsoft:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/TC010219791033.aspx?CategoryID=CT101043261033

They have other templates as well.

sluggo
11-25-2007, 05:59 PM
Are they able to distribute the names and addresses in a way as to make sure that all the names get covered, without people getting doubles?

kotetu
11-25-2007, 06:55 PM
afaik, the 700k master set is in one person's hands, and they are keeping tabs on which names are distributed. :)

lucius
11-25-2007, 08:06 PM
bump...

kotetu
11-25-2007, 11:51 PM
keep it up guys!

kotetu
11-26-2007, 12:34 AM
no word yet from Bryce. Josh has a several hundred names left out of the 1000 he received. Keep up the good work and request those names from Josh/Bryce! :)

awitelin
11-26-2007, 03:03 AM
Just emailed Josh for some. I have some free time I'm just dying to make use of.

kotetu
11-26-2007, 11:57 AM
great! Let's bang out a thousand today!

kotetu
11-26-2007, 01:01 PM
You guys rock! Josh told me he's sent out an additional 300 names/addresses to us over the last few days. :)

tomcat
11-26-2007, 01:22 PM
I want to write some but I'm not able to make it to my MeetUp, very conflicting schedules. Can I get like 25 addresses emailed to me? meatball_4_u@hotmail.com

MRoCkEd
11-26-2007, 01:38 PM
bump

kotetu
11-26-2007, 02:21 PM
tomcat I emailed your info to Josh.

Adam Smith
11-26-2007, 02:30 PM
Hey, Everybody:

Our MeetUp group is doing this right now and I am overseeing it. We still have 240 names available. If you want some of them, PM me and I will forward you as many as you want, but most everyone in our group is only doing 15-30 names each so that we can handwrite them all.

*** Just wanted to clarify: We are doing this in Macon, Albany, and Milledgville Georgia splitting 1500 of the names (from the initial list of 700,000) among about 100 of us. But we still have some names not covered. So if you want to write some letters to the Iowans, PM me and I will send you some names left from OUR list.

Sorry to be so confusing. -A.S.

kotetu
11-26-2007, 06:35 PM
Thanks Adam!

Keep this bumped!

sluggo
11-26-2007, 06:44 PM
I've written only 3 so far. :(

I haven't done this much handwriting since high school.

Maria
11-26-2007, 06:58 PM
I want to write some but I'm not able to make it to my MeetUp, very conflicting schedules. Can I get like 25 addresses emailed to me? meatball_4_u@hotmail.com

email Josh directly, tell him the number of names u want and he will send them to you. his email is: hellzballer@yahoo.com :)

sedele
11-26-2007, 07:15 PM
bump

kotetu
11-26-2007, 07:19 PM
I've added a poll so I can help you get your names!

klamath
11-26-2007, 07:38 PM
I think that printed personal letters hand signed would be as effective as hand written letters if not more so because the recipient doesn't have to struggle to read bad hand writing. If I recieved a personal letter from someone no matter what they were saying I would read the whole thing just because they felt strong enought to put the effort in.

I would like some addresses to work with.

mstrmac1
11-26-2007, 07:40 PM
just sent out 10 of my 25 i promised today.

kotetu
11-26-2007, 09:20 PM
thank you! Everyone is doing great! I just got word that the Columbia SC Ron Paul 2008 Meetup Group is going to try to get a list of potential voters too. If they can get that to us we will be able to write both groups! :)

kotetu
11-26-2007, 11:18 PM
how many more letter writers do we have??

Taco John
11-27-2007, 12:37 AM
Bump for one of the most important efforts going on right now...

rs3515
11-27-2007, 12:44 AM
FYI ... I've been in contact with people in LA, and we're running into a significant bottleneck with this.

Bryce was originally distributing addresses back in early November when I first got involved. He has been super busy with personal obligations and hasn't responded to messages I've sent him, so I'm sure others probably haven't heard back much either.

I'm hoping we can maybe do some things to help him, otherwise all letter writers are in a bind. Does anyone personally know Bryce and can help alleviate some of his load? Or possibly help him by taking over the distribution?

The problem is none of us who have been distributing names for the last month know which addresses have been handed out and which have not ...

kotetu
11-27-2007, 01:38 AM
I'll give him a call too. I'm local, I believe, so maybe I can find out what has happened or even take over mastery of the list.

literatim
11-27-2007, 01:43 AM
Do Iowans really want a bunch of out-of-state people sending them letters?

Taco John
11-27-2007, 01:44 AM
Do Iowans really want a bunch of out-of-state people sending them letters?


Would you, if it turned you on to Ron Paul?

kotetu
11-27-2007, 01:47 AM
yes! They want to know who will save the country, the constitution, and our civil liberties!

DXDoug
11-27-2007, 05:56 AM
Bump! Gonna be getting same names soon ! :D

kotetu
11-27-2007, 11:44 AM
My decal is on! :D

Anyone hear from Bryce yet?

http://www.kotetu.net/car_decal800.jpg

kotetu
11-27-2007, 11:49 AM
I'm in contact with the Philadelphia group, they had 1500 names. We'll see how many they have left.

DealzOnWheelz
11-27-2007, 11:59 AM
OK Anyone needing names addresses and the file with the letter template email me

chrisdeal@lansdalecj.com

subjuect : IOWA letters

I will be splitting up the name list this week. We actually have 1600.


****DO NOT OVERLOAD YOURSELF IF YOU CANT WRITE 50 DON'T TAKE 50; YOU CAN ALWAYS ASK FOR MORE LATER*******

kotetu
11-27-2007, 12:13 PM
Thanks Chris!

kotetu
11-27-2007, 02:18 PM
to the top!

kotetu
11-27-2007, 03:04 PM
the pasadena meetup group has a list of names as well: http://ronpaul.meetup.com/1/messages/boards/view/viewthread?thread=3671947

kotetu
11-27-2007, 07:55 PM
keep this up near the top! how many letters got written today?
:)

kotetu
11-27-2007, 08:52 PM
got another reply:


Hi Aaron,
They should just email me individually for a list. Have them tell me how many
Figure 30 to a page (If I get the next batch that way)

Thanks, Don


donmooney AT hotmail.com

kotetu
11-27-2007, 08:59 PM
OK guys, just got off the phone with Bryce, he will also be able to send me about 500 names directly, so I will be able to send them to you guys in a few hours. PM me with how many names you want and your email address/name so I can send them to ya.

kotetu
11-27-2007, 11:29 PM
170 names have been distributed, there are many more where those came from! :)

alien
11-28-2007, 12:04 AM
So how many we got so far that are done out of the 700,000? Anyone know?

kotetu
11-28-2007, 12:21 AM
there are roughly 1000 meetup groups right? If 10% of them are active enough for a portion of the list, and if they are working on 1000 names each, then that would be roughly 100,000 names distributed.

I will have to ask Bryce again for a better estimate than that.

alien
11-28-2007, 01:01 AM
there are roughly 1000 meetup groups right? If 10% of them are active enough for a portion of the list, and if they are working on 1000 names each, then that would be roughly 100,000 names distributed.

I will have to ask Bryce again for a better estimate than that.

My wife and I are working on a hundred each and we plan on knocking out at least a thousand total within the next couple of weeks. What is the deal? We should have more then that.

Janet0116
11-28-2007, 01:03 AM
I've sent an email to Chris asking for 50 names, no response yet

alien
11-28-2007, 08:08 AM
We are handwriting the address on the envelope and hand signing. Does it really matter if the salutation is handwritten? We could get more done if we can type that part. We would still have the name and address handwritten on the envelope.

kotetu
11-28-2007, 09:14 AM
The more personal the letter the better, but don't let that deter you from sending out typed ones! as long as they are short and easy to read they will be. :)

alien
11-28-2007, 09:22 AM
We should not put our return address on the envelope should we???

Dorfsmith
11-28-2007, 09:24 AM
Sending out 40 more today for a total of 140 so far. My wife and I want to do at least 500.

kotetu
11-28-2007, 11:44 AM
fantastic! I chose to include my return address - it is more personal and will make them feel like you really want to talk to them. :)

kotetu
11-28-2007, 11:44 AM
just think about what would turn you OFF if you received a political letter, and do the OPPOSITE!

hatefalseweight
11-28-2007, 12:01 PM
I would suggest just get a few hundred or a thousand names for you meetup and send them out to the people you know are serious whether they know about this effort or not. Send out a prewritten letter people can sign and comment on and have them throw in a slim jim. If people just have to stamp and write the envelopes, I'm pretty sure they'll do it, but all the messing around with getting names and coming up with content worth sending and it won't get done.

alicegardener
11-28-2007, 12:23 PM
Its been slow going for me. I figure it takes 20 minutes for me to write a page by hand, address, and stamp each one. I should make my letters shorter but I get carried away when I talk about the incomparable Ron Paul.

kotetu
11-28-2007, 01:58 PM
It's true Alice. but the best thing to do is make it short and sweet, hit a few of the BEST things you know, and then direct them to the official website. I hate reading long letters from people I don't know. If it's short, and GRABS my attention, I will focus on it and reach for more on my own.

A Slim Jim is a good idea!

Dorfsmith
11-28-2007, 02:01 PM
It's true Alice. but the best thing to do is make it short and sweet, hit a few of the BEST things you know, and then direct them to the official website. I hate reading long letters from people I don't know. If it's short, and GRABS my attention, I will focus on it and reach for more on my own.

A Slim Jim is a good idea!

Yep, I put a slim jim with each letter I wrote.

WilliamC
11-28-2007, 02:07 PM
Greetings All,

While I agree a handwritten letter is a novelty these days, is it really so important? I will hand address the envelopes, sign my name, and give my personal mailing address and email, so this won't in any way be a form letter. I just think how hard it is for me to read my own writing and wonder if some stranger would bother to. Also, volume is important too. If I print my letter I'm only limited by how much money I can spend for stamps and envelopes. What about including a written post-it with something like "Thank you for reading this letter"?

William C Colley

kotetu
11-28-2007, 02:16 PM
I don't think it's very important, but if you have nice handwriting and are planning on writing a few letters at a time, it couldn't hurt!

Aaron

WilliamC
11-28-2007, 05:05 PM
Greetings All,

Just finished the first 10 letters and I'm ready for more. I applaud anyone doing the handwriting, just stuffing and labeling the envelopes takes me a bit of time. For anyone reading this and not doing it, PLEASE contribute. I'm the last thing resembling a joiner, so if I can do it you can too!

William C Colley

kotetu
11-28-2007, 05:10 PM
Way to go Will!

Mortikhi
11-28-2007, 05:11 PM
I've done this. Tiring work, but alot easier than civil war =p

kotetu
11-28-2007, 06:29 PM
lol Mortikhi! Yes, much easier!

Guys, just to keep you updated from my end, Josh told me that we've already taken 300 of his names, and as of this afternoon I have distributed a further 250! All in just a few days. Well done!

Let's keep it up! I will be sending out 100 letters tomorrow and after that I will have 160 names left to distribute/send. :D

AlexMerced
11-28-2007, 06:32 PM
http://www.fileden.com/files/2007/4/23/1010065/ROnPaulBrochure.pdf

mail these out with your letters

kotetu
11-29-2007, 02:46 AM
bump! Any more want to write letters after that debate? :D

sluggo
11-29-2007, 05:00 AM
I've written a few more, going in the mail today.

WilliamC
11-29-2007, 12:00 PM
Greetings All,

Another 21 in the mail.

Is anyone else including their return address and email address on the letter? If so has anyone had any type of reply?

William C Colley

kotetu
11-29-2007, 02:58 PM
I sent out 59 with return addresses, no replies yet. :) 59 without also, because I forgot them. More are going out today, maybe I will get some replies? :D

Well done guys! Let's keep it up!

Aaron

wgadget
11-29-2007, 03:27 PM
I've written 42 letters so far. By hand. Threw in a slim jim and a Founding Fathers flyer.

kotetu
11-30-2007, 01:24 AM
Great job! Let's all write more letters!

kotetu
11-30-2007, 11:51 AM
I've got a friend from my car club who is going to write letters too! :D Keep up the good work fellas! (and ladies! :D)

kotetu
11-30-2007, 01:00 PM
bump! get the word out, we need more letter writers!

WilliamC
11-30-2007, 01:36 PM
Greetings All,

I just sent out another 50 today, and will take on 50 more. Better yet I have a co-worker interested in participating as well! For anyone looking for an easy way to help, this is it.

WilliamC

Dorfsmith
11-30-2007, 01:44 PM
Greetings All,

Another 21 in the mail.

Is anyone else including their return address and email address on the letter? If so has anyone had any type of reply?

William C Colley


Sent off 17 more for a total of 147. So far one was returned due to no forwarding address. No other responses yet.

kotetu
11-30-2007, 02:29 PM
We're doing great guys! I am doing the last 50 of the 510 I got earlier this week. Time to call up Bryce again! :D

kotetu
11-30-2007, 03:20 PM
I've requested 1000 more names!

EricRAlbrecht
11-30-2007, 03:33 PM
I mailed 15 completely hand written today.

kotetu
11-30-2007, 03:40 PM
Beauty! We'll get all 700,000! I am sure of it!

sluggo
11-30-2007, 07:22 PM
This is my big weekend project. If anybody out there wants to get some of the 100 names and addresses I've got, just PM me.

work2win
11-30-2007, 07:43 PM
I finally got the time to knock out my first 20. I settled on a typed letter, hand addressed, with a handwritten note on the bottom to call or email me if they would like to talk. I decided it would still have enough visual hook with the handwritten parts (including phone number and email), but would allow me to write a little longer letter to set the content hook better. I am including a mosiac flyer and issues flyer in the envelope.

sluggo
11-30-2007, 07:49 PM
I finally got the time to knock out my first 20. I settled on a typed letter, hand addressed, with a handwritten note on the bottom to call or email me if they would like to talk. I decided it would still have enough visual hook with the handwritten parts (including phone number and email), but would allow me to write a little longer letter to set the content hook better. I am including a mosiac flyer and issues flyer in the envelope.

What is the issues flyer? I'd like to put something else in there other than the letter and the slim jim......

work2win
11-30-2007, 08:53 PM
What is the issues flyer? I'd like to put something else in there other than the letter and the slim jim......
It's from the campaign: http://www.ronpaul2008.com/files/Flyer-Issues.pdf

I have some left over from a batch I printed at Kinkos. I don't think you can buy them from the campaign.

mosquitobite
11-30-2007, 08:55 PM
I got a list of 10 names today and will be writing this weekend :D

rhino
11-30-2007, 09:08 PM
Do you get a discount at the post office if you just bring them a bunch of letters to be mailed or are they still 41 cents a piece?

100 letters at 41 cents a piece if 41 dollars... for a thousand letters it's $410 dollars!

WilliamC
11-30-2007, 09:17 PM
Greetings All,

I'm already out about $65 in stamps and envelopes, but that's what it takes. I must say I actually feel more like I'm DOING something by sending the letters than when I just donate to the campaign.

William C Colley

rhino
11-30-2007, 11:49 PM
Greetings All,

I'm already out about $65 in stamps and envelopes, but that's what it takes. I must say I actually feel more like I'm DOING something by sending the letters than when I just donate to the campaign.

William C Colley

I'm willing to pay for stamps; don't get me wrong - but if I can get postage cheaper (in bulk??) then that means I can send out more letters for the same price.

kotetu
12-01-2007, 12:33 AM
Unfortunately there is no discount! The Post Office is one of the 'legal' monopolies (on first class mail) and they do not discount for shipments in bulk.

The good part is we are splitting up the names and cost of materials! So, while I am waiting for the 1000 names, and have already distributed 510 of them, I haven't spent $200 on it, nor will I spend $410 more. My personal contribution is on the order of $100 in supplies so far. But with everyone's help we've already sent out nearly 1000 letters this week! :D

It really doesn't take much to go a long way!

WilliamC
12-01-2007, 10:41 AM
Greetings All,

I really don't know what the success rate of this will be but it's definitely worth doing. After today I'll be over 80 letters sent out, and I just placed an order for another 100. Everyone is doing so much on so many fronts, it's inspiring to see what free folks can do when they are motivated! But for any of you who haven't done so please take just 10 names and write them a personal note. The better Ron Paul does in Iowa the easier time he will have in the rest of the primaries.

William C Colley

JMO
12-01-2007, 11:14 AM
deleted

seapilot
12-01-2007, 11:43 AM
Is it possible some Iowa voters are getting more than one letter from a ROn Paul supporter? That would actually maybe make them stop and think it really is a lot of individuals doing this.

kotetu
12-01-2007, 02:21 PM
no the names are being split up and accounted for!

Peppy690
12-01-2007, 02:25 PM
^^^nice quote

promagma
12-01-2007, 02:45 PM
I finally got the time to knock out my first 20. I settled on a typed letter, hand addressed, with a handwritten note on the bottom to call or email me if they would like to talk.

Good job, that is what I am doing also. For some perspective, someone posted that it will take 35-40k votes to win in Iowa. If we get out 700k letters, even with 1% response rate, we can make a huge difference!

NewEnd
12-01-2007, 03:14 PM
Its been slow going for me. I figure it takes 20 minutes for me to write a page by hand, address, and stamp each one. I should make my letters shorter but I get carried away when I talk about the incomparable Ron Paul.

here is what I am writing


Dear Friend, (ms. lastname, mr. lastname)

Texas congressman Dr. Ron Paul is running for President!

He has never voted for a tax increase, unbalanced budget, or congressional pay raise!

He does not use taxpayer money for his travels, nor participate in the congressional pension plan, and returns some of his office budget to the US Treasury yearly!

Please visit www.ronpaul2008.com or call his Iowa HQ toll-free: 1-888-828-PAUL (7285) to learn about America's last honest

politician...

..feel free to write back, or email me, email@server.com


sincerely (female),
thank you for your time, (male, not sure)

Your Name


*****************

I am hoping if they are interested, they will call the 888 number and find how to be a delegate, or write/email me, and I can give them the information.

There is no need to write out all that information, if they aren't interested. Its better just to show the that Ron Paul is the real, genuine article.

Sey.Naci
12-01-2007, 03:56 PM
here is what I am writing

Dear Friend, (ms. lastname, mr. lastname)

Texas congressman Dr. Ron Paul is running for President!

He has never voted for a tax increase, unbalanced budget, or congressional pay raise!

He does not use taxpayer money for his travels, nor participate in the congressional pension plan, and returns some of his office budget to the US Treasury yearly!

Please visit www.ronpaul2008.com or call his Iowa HQ toll-free: 1-888-828-PAUL (7285) to learn about America's last honest politician...

..feel free to write back, or email me, email@server.com


sincerely (female),
thank you for your time, (male, not sure)

Your Name.

Unfortunately, there will be some potential supporters who have heard the name 'Ron Paul' used only by people trying to paint him in a negative light. Therefore, they'll have been set up to react negatively as soon as they see RP's name. A good marketing strategy to help deal with this is to introduce his name as late in written correspondence as possible. That is, present credentials and views on issues first. Then reveal who the candidate is who holds them.

For example, I'd take the above letter and reverse its order, like this:


Dear xxxxxx:

There is a candidate running for President in 2008 who has:

* never voted for a tax increase
* never voted for an unbalanced budget
* never voted for a congressional pay raise

He does not use taxpayer money for his travels, does not participate in the congressional pension plan, and returns some of his office budget to the US Treasury each year.

His name is Ron Paul, the 10-term Congressman from Texas.

Please visit www.ronpaul2008.com or call his Iowa HQ toll-free: 1-888-828-PAUL (7285) to learn about America's last honest politician...

..feel free to write back, or email me, email@server.com

vertesc
12-01-2007, 03:57 PM
hot button issues for Independents? I have no poll to back me up, but I would hazard a guess

1) Iraq war (out now, not in 2013)
2) Government integrity. Remember that Paul has stood by his principles against all of Congress in almost every vote they had there for 20 years.
3) The Economy - Paul is the only candidate on either side who is addressing this issue at all. Hit home that he is a trained economist (i think!), and the only cnadidate on either side with a plan to save us hundreds of billions every year in terrorism-provoking costs. I mean war costs.

That will resonate with ANYONE.

NewEnd
12-01-2007, 04:15 PM
Dear xxxxxx:

There is a candidate running for President in 2008 who has:

* never voted for a tax increase
* never voted for an unbalanced budget
* never voted for a congressional pay raise

He does not use taxpayer money for his travels, does not participate in the congressional pension plan, and returns some of his office budget to the US Treasury each year.

His name is Ron Paul, the 10-term Congressman from Texas.

Please visit www.ronpaul2008.com or call his Iowa HQ toll-free: 1-888-828-PAUL (7285) to learn about America's last honest politician...

..feel free to write back, or email me, email@server.com

Good idea, Ill go with that from now on

sluggo
12-01-2007, 07:09 PM
ker-bump

Dorfsmith
12-01-2007, 07:14 PM
Sent off 17 more today.

mopar.bo
12-01-2007, 07:45 PM
bump

Eric21ND
12-01-2007, 07:46 PM
hit on illegal immigration

kotetu
12-01-2007, 10:51 PM
You folks are beautiful. Every time I check more people are writing letters. :) I got 1000 more names and within an hour 200 of them were already distributed. :D

I checked my email and there are requests for 385 more. Do you guys even BEGIN to understand how awesome you all are?!?!?! :D

ROCK ON! THE RON PAUL REVOLUTION IS COMING TO YOUR DOORWAY! :D:D:D

kotetu
12-01-2007, 11:37 PM
Alright guys! I have about 270 names left! I realized that I actually received only 860 names, but that it was TODAY, this morning. I truly believe 700,000 names will be done in no time!

Who rocks the house? :D We do! WOOHOO!

mstrmac1
12-01-2007, 11:52 PM
Looks like its paying off in the polls...were at 7% now. Keep up the good work... sent out mine last week.

kotetu
12-02-2007, 12:15 AM
You're all heros! Let's go get Iowa for Paul.

Benaiah
12-02-2007, 03:06 AM
Bump

Nice!

kotetu
12-02-2007, 09:12 AM
and 3 dozen more are sent out. :D I have less than 250 left. Who's with me??? :D

mosquitobite
12-02-2007, 09:19 AM
I sent 10 Christmas cards with a handwritten letter inside each of them, yesterday.

:D

kotetu
12-02-2007, 09:23 AM
nice one mb! :D

WilliamC
12-02-2007, 09:28 AM
Greetings All,

I'll be addressing envelopes today and will get another 100 letters out by Tuesday. I should be able to get a total of 250 done by the end of the week.

Anyone heard a reply yet? And I'm sure this has been answered, but is this mailing list of registered Republicans or Republicans who actually voted in the last election?

William C Colley

kotetu
12-02-2007, 09:37 AM
The reply I have heard is the rise from 4.8% to 7% in the Iowa polls. :D

Dorfsmith
12-02-2007, 10:09 AM
Greetings All,

I'll be addressing envelopes today and will get another 100 letters out by Tuesday. I should be able to get a total of 250 done by the end of the week.

Anyone heard a reply yet? And I'm sure this has been answered, but is this mailing list of registered Republicans or Republicans who actually voted in the last election?

William C Colley

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but I think this list is a list of independents.

kotetu
12-02-2007, 10:15 AM
the 700k names are registered "no party". As see in the sample letters on page 1. They can re-register as republican at the caucus. :D

Dary
12-02-2007, 10:34 AM
Our Meetup here in Jacksonville, FL has sent 1500 letters to Iowa this go around and around 12000 (twelve thousand) letters locally.

We’ve also handed out over 60,000 slim jims.

Our next letter stuffing event is scheduled for 12/4 and we will probably get another 700 to 1000 more ready to go.

kotetu
12-02-2007, 10:51 AM
wow! Great! If you have a LOT of Florida names, put together a Florida letter writing campaign thread, and model it off of this one. :D

brogging4paul
12-02-2007, 11:37 AM
Hey all, I'm living in Germany (from Atlanta) and I've been working on a letter. If you have any comments, please let me know. . .

Dear _____,

I've been living abroad for many years working as an English teacher. I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta but after university wanted to see the world and ended up in Korea, Japan, India, and now Germany. I have seen many things and different ways of life, but now after a decade of living abroad has passed, I must say that America is the best place to live in the world. Four years ago I spent the summer in Iowa working on a small farm and it was one of the best experiences of my life. For me, it was the real America, its heart and soul.

Unfortunately over the last ten years, I have seen my country go from one of the most respected countries in the world to one of the least. Our moral high ground has been lost. The USA is now seen as simply the Big Bully. The people of the world still love Americans but they are disgusted by what our government has done in the name of spreading democracy. Whenever I go to a dinner party or meet new people and they ask me where I am from, I cannot proudly say, America. Instead, I look down and mutter, USA.

But several months ago, I learned of Ron Paul, a Texas Republican Congressman running for President. His foreign policy--no undeclared wars, no policing the world, no nation-building, no empire-building; his economic policy--stop devaluing the dollar, stop subsidizing big oil and other corporations by giving them tax incentives to move overseas, put in place true free trade policies that keep jobs at home, keep factories and manufacturing plants in the USA. Now that is something to be proud about.

Now Ron Paul is someone to be proud of. No other country in the world besides America could produce such a champion of liberty and freedom. He is one of the few silver linings that can be found in the darkness of the last few years. A Ron Paul presidency would immediately restore our standing in the world as a nation devoted to liberty and democracy. No doubt they would rush to our aid to help solve the conflicts in Iraq and the Middle East.

I urge you to consider a vote for Dr. Ron Paul. Our country is in a very precarious situation. If our government continues its present foreign policy, we won't have any friends left and may well trigger World War Three. Our current foreign policy has made us isolated. We can't solve the problem of terrorism alone.

Recently, there was a poll called, "Who would the world vote for?" and their answer was resounding: Ron Paul. Let the good Doctor bring our nation back together again so we can once again be that beacon of freedom and that shining light on the hill.

cswake
12-02-2007, 12:31 PM
I would omit the world vote because I believe some might take offense at the prospect of the world deciding an American president.

son of liberty
12-02-2007, 01:54 PM
This is a great effort. I can't wait to get my list!!

son of liberty
12-02-2007, 02:47 PM
Just recieved my list. That was fast.

derekjohnson
12-02-2007, 03:08 PM
Just got my list of 30 addresses. I hope to have them done in the next 72 hours. If I can do them as quickly as I think, I will put in for another 30 before the teaparty.

kotetu
12-02-2007, 03:35 PM
Before we're done, everyone in Iowa will know who Ron Paul is and what he stands for. :D

JenH88
12-02-2007, 06:40 PM
Is anyone else having a problem getting a list of names? Myself +2 are eager to start. =)

MozoVote
12-02-2007, 07:32 PM
Took me a few days to get motivated, but I started writing my letters tonight. That Des Moines Register thread cheezed me off enough to get the pen in hand. :mad:

sluggo
12-02-2007, 07:46 PM
Took me a few days to get motivated, but I started writing my letters tonight. That Des Moines Register thread cheezed me off enough to get the pen in hand. :mad:

I've written 10 letters today, just because of that newspaper.

kotetu
12-02-2007, 07:55 PM
I just got more names yesterday - I have 270 left or so, just let me know how many you need! :D

JenH88
12-02-2007, 08:02 PM
I'm a stay at home mother with a ton of time! +2 others who want to help. =) Feel free to send a hundred or so to start. When we're done you better believe we'll be back looking for more names. =) This really should be started for Illinois and other states as well. The deadline to register for primaries are very very close for a lot of states. I'll pm you with my email addy, thanks.

kotetu
12-02-2007, 08:12 PM
over 860 names distributed in less than 24 hours. That is GREAT! We did 500 more since Tuesday, and I heard from Josh that he sent out at least an additional 300 in that time as well.

Guys, doing 1500 letters a week really kicks ass! If other groups, especially the meetups, have this kind of momentum, we won't have any names left soon!

:D :D :D

Everyone here is my hero!

lbadragan
12-02-2007, 08:43 PM
Just emailed bshonka@gmail.com a request for 240. I've donated (and will donate the 16th) talked to family, friends, and co-workers with some success, and I was looking for another way to participate other than door-to-door. This is perfect. Thank you to everyone who was a part of getting this going and implementing it.

To those of you who don't have time to do this, turn off your TV for a week and you won't believe how much time you'll have. Trust me, my TV broke a few days ago and I've got much more time than I thought.

Liberty Star
12-02-2007, 10:33 PM
This is a great project.

I just have a suggestion. Won't it be more efficient and easier if individuals on target mail list are sent mass printed letters with carefully chosen message from a single or few sources since all recipients would get only one RP letter and they won't care so much if everyone else got similar letter.
And individual RP supporters wrote to media editors/producers and other decisions makers with political importance who can influnce campaign and public opinion and would be more influenced by letters from individuals. This suggestion is driven mostly with efficiency in mind, just wanted to throw it out.

kotetu
12-02-2007, 10:48 PM
We're going for the personal feel here, it communicates better. Writers are encouraged mostly to tell the reader what they like about Ron Paul, and why they are supporting him. When it is done in your own words, it certainly comes across well. Marketing research has shown that word of mouth generates more business than most advertising.

That being said, I don't discourage people from typing one letter and printing it 100 times, just make sure you sign the letters! :D

MozoVote
12-02-2007, 10:51 PM
I print mine as lettergrams. I write their addresses and write an introductory sentence at the top of the letter. And include a slim.

manny229
12-02-2007, 11:34 PM
I’m about to start writing some letters to Iowa and need some advice. I’m wondering if in addition to writing about why I support Ron Paul, perhaps I can also write a sentence or two about Hillary’s flip flopping on some issues?
I‘m from NY and she‘s my senator. So I can write from personal experience as one of her constituents.

For example she did not bother to vote on the Mukasey confirmation yet she told Iowans she is against torture.

h ttp://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/11/clinton-tells-i.html

Also she is (currently) against licenses for illegal immigrants. Yet she co-sponsored the DREAM Act. Which would have given tuition assistance to and eventual citizenship to illegal immigrants. ( I am Hispanic myself , mom came to USA legally) I wrote to Ms. Clinton about this; so I could even include a copy of the letter she sent me in regards to this topic. Along with a slim Jim.

I’m anxious to warn people about her, yet I don’t want to sound “negative” by attacking any of the other candidates. I’d really appreciate any advice.

Thanks

mathamagician
12-03-2007, 12:13 AM
FYI I did an analysis of Iowa turnout. Please PM me if you want to know all the zip codes that have the highest republican turnout for primaries and which have the highest total turnout for primaries. Knowing this allows you to send a letter to someone who is more likely to vote than the average Iowan.

Here are the best zip codes, hopefully someone will find this useful.

50002
50025
50026
50029
50042
50048
50074
50076
50110
50115
50117
50128
50133
50164
50216
50250
50277
50835
50837
50839
50841
50845
50846
50847
50849
50854
50857
50858
50859
50860
50863
50864
51001
51003
51005
51008
51011
51012
51014
51022
51023
51024
51027
51028
51029
51031
51035
51036
51037
51038
51041
51045
51049
51050
51061
51062
51230
51234
51235
51237
51238
51239
51240
51241
51242
51243
51244
51246
51247
51250
51532
51533
51534
51540
51541
51543
51551
51554
51561
51566
51571
51573
51591
51601
51602
51603
51630
51631
51632
51636
51637
51638
51639
51640
51645
51647
51648
51649
51650
51651
51652
51653
51654
51656
52201
52247
52327
52353
52356
52359
52540
52621

kotetu
12-03-2007, 12:45 AM
great info! Where did you find it?

alien
12-03-2007, 12:47 AM
We're going for the personal feel here, it communicates better. Writers are encouraged mostly to tell the reader what they like about Ron Paul, and why they are supporting him. When it is done in your own words, it certainly comes across well. Marketing research has shown that word of mouth generates more business than most advertising.

That being said, I don't discourage people from typing one letter and printing it 100 times, just make sure you sign the letters! :D

And handwrite the address on the envelope. People will often not pay much attention to printed addresses. It looks like junk mail.

rs3515
12-03-2007, 12:53 AM
I’m about to start writing some letters to Iowa and need some advice. I’m wondering if in addition to writing about why I support Ron Paul, perhaps I can also write a sentence or two about Hillary’s flip flopping on some issues?


Manny -- I'm one of the two point people for the Letter Writing Campaign (http://www.rp-supporters.com/letters.html). My recommendation is to avoid the Hillary comparisons at this point because we're trying to get Ron Paul to win the Republican nomination first.

mathamagician
12-03-2007, 01:06 AM
Manny -- I'm one of the two point people for the Letter Writing Campaign (http://www.rp-supporters.com/letters.html). My recommendation is to avoid the Hillary comparisons at this point because we're trying to get Ron Paul to win the Republican nomination first.

Hey rs3515 look at my previous post in this thread and let me know if I need to get this information to anyone else in the letter writing campaign. I think it would make our writing more effective but maybe I'm alone on this point.

mathamagician
12-03-2007, 01:11 AM
great info! Where did you find it?

I do a lot of data analysis in my job. I took the 2004 primary turnout numbers (from the state election website) and merged them onto a 2004 population estimate by county (census.gov). That gave me turnout percentages (I have total, democrat, republican, and also libertarian + constitutional turnout in the general election).

Then I merged this county information onto a zip code to county mapping that was available from the website of a company that provide analysis software to my company.

So now all we have to do it get people to write to the highest turnout zip codes first.

HelpRonPaulWin
12-03-2007, 01:23 AM
I'd take 25 addresses to start.

manny229
12-03-2007, 01:47 AM
Manny -- I'm one of the two point people for the Letter Writing Campaign (http://www.rp-supporters.com/letters.html). My recommendation is to avoid the Hillary comparisons at this point because we're trying to get Ron Paul to win the Republican nomination first.

Thanks for the info rs3515! I see your point. Nice website!

kotetu
12-03-2007, 01:56 AM
HelpRonPaulWin - please email one of the guys in the first post on the thread - they have the names. :)

rs3515
12-03-2007, 04:06 AM
HelpRonPaulWin - please email one of the guys in the first post on the thread - they have the names. :)

You need to update the tally numbers on the first page. ;)

rs3515
12-03-2007, 04:09 AM
I do a lot of data analysis in my job. I took the 2004 primary turnout numbers (from the state election website) and merged them onto a 2004 population estimate by county (census.gov). That gave me turnout percentages (I have total, democrat, republican, and also libertarian + constitutional turnout in the general election).

Then I merged this county information onto a zip code to county mapping that was available from the website of a company that provide analysis software to my company.

So now all we have to do it get people to write to the highest turnout zip codes first.

I discussed this with Bryce a bit earlier (I'm Ron from the website). I think we're confident right now we can get through all the addresses. If we start to get down to the last week and we've still got a lot, then I might be able to work with you to get a prioritization.

The tough thing will be the addresses are not in an easy format for data manipulation. You'd probably have to extract the data from Word files, merge them, do your thing in Excel and then do a new mail merge.

You're in Austin, right?

sluggo
12-03-2007, 09:07 AM
Anyone interested in writing more letters, this time to South Carolina voters, check out this thread:http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=46087


I hope we can get this done!:)

mathamagician
12-03-2007, 02:30 PM
I discussed this with Bryce a bit earlier (I'm Ron from the website). I think we're confident right now we can get through all the addresses. If we start to get down to the last week and we've still got a lot, then I might be able to work with you to get a prioritization.

The tough thing will be the addresses are not in an easy format for data manipulation. You'd probably have to extract the data from Word files, merge them, do your thing in Excel and then do a new mail merge.

You're in Austin, right?

Yea I'm in Austin. Okay good you're going to write to all of them. That's good news! Another strategy is to have people who are more democratic leaning explain why they love Ron Paul to areas that vote for more democrats, independents to independent areas and republican to republican areas. I think this kind of efforts helps us to focus our energies. For example I noticed in a detailed poll that Ron Paul enjoyed much more suport in the central lakes region of New Hampshire than the other areas. So we should focus on that area first.

kotetu
12-03-2007, 02:39 PM
I got more names, I will distribute them soon!

McDermit
12-03-2007, 03:16 PM
just posting so I don't forget the thread. need to see how many names our meetup members want.

fortilite
12-03-2007, 08:18 PM
Woot! Finished my first 30, feel up for 120 more. Wonder how many we'll get out there before we need to start printing envelope labels?

notagain
12-03-2007, 09:56 PM
hello everyone-
1st post and want to write a few letters but haven't received an email back from bshonka.
i want to help!!!!!!!!!

kotetu
12-03-2007, 11:15 PM
fortilite, check your PM. :)

Notagain, how many can I send you? :D

kotetu
12-03-2007, 11:34 PM
heads up guys - I received 1011 names yesterday, and as of today I have 547 left. Adding these to the 1300+ I have already distributed means you guys have taken on 1800 letters! Josh tells me he also distributed at least 300 more, which means in the last few days we've started working on over 2000!

This is why Ron Paul will WIN! Because WE THE PEOPLE Support him! :D

JenH88
12-04-2007, 12:58 AM
heads up guys - I received 1011 names yesterday, and as of today I have 547 left. Adding these to the 1300+ I have already distributed means you guys have taken on 1800 letters! Josh tells me he also distributed at least 300 more, which means in the last few days we've started working on over 2000!

This is why Ron Paul will WIN! Because WE THE PEOPLE Support him! :D

+1 That's awesome. 30 going out tomorrow. :D My hand is killin me...

kotetu
12-04-2007, 01:05 AM
Nice job JenH88! Get some ice for the fingers and Keep it up!! lol :D

Notagain I sent you 20 to start you off. :)

sluggo
12-04-2007, 05:46 AM
15 going in the mail today.

WilliamC
12-04-2007, 06:23 AM
Greetings All,


Woot! Finished my first 30, feel up for 120 more. Wonder how many we'll get out there before we need to start printing envelope labels?


While I am printing the letters I am hand labeling the envelopes. Less of a junkmail look to them. I'm hoping more people will actually open the envelope if it is written.

That said, so long as it's a positive message you're sending I'm all for it!

I sent out another 70 yesterday, need to buy more envelopes and another 30 will go out today. I think I can get one more hundred done, but I'll have to slow down a bit.

William C Colley

WilliamC
12-04-2007, 06:26 AM
Greetings All,



Yea I'm in Austin. Okay good you're going to write to all of them. That's good news! Another strategy is to have people who are more democratic leaning explain why they love Ron Paul to areas that vote for more democrats, independents to independent areas and republican to republican areas. I think this kind of efforts helps us to focus our energies. For example I noticed in a detailed poll that Ron Paul enjoyed much more suport in the central lakes region of New Hampshire than the other areas. So we should focus on that area first.

I WISH I could do this type of data analysis!

Is there anyway we could get this started for Michigan/South Carolina? I doubt there will be time to canvass everyone in these states so a more targeted approach could be invaluable.

I am so glad to see the enthusiasm here, thanks to all.

William C Colley

sluggo
12-04-2007, 06:36 AM
Is there anyway we could get this started for Michigan/South Carolina?


Check out this thread to get SC addresses from Brian Gentry, RP South Carolina Coordinator. http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?t=46087

hillertexas
12-04-2007, 12:59 PM
bump

WilliamC
12-04-2007, 03:34 PM
Greetings All,

Would a follow-up telephone call to people I've written letters to be a good or bad idea? Something like:

"Hello, my name is William Colley and I recently sent you a letter about the upcoming Caucus. Would you have a couple of minutes to talk about this?

Any feedback would be appreciated.

William C Colley

JenH88
12-04-2007, 03:50 PM
Greetings All,

Would a follow-up telephone call to people I've written letters to be a good or bad idea? Something like:

"Hello, my name is William Colley and I recently sent you a letter about the upcoming Caucus. Would you have a couple of minutes to talk about this?

Any feedback would be appreciated.

William C Colley

My first reaction was that it's a great idea, it keeps Ron Paul on their mind- but then again- who really likes being bothered by someone acting like a telemarketer.. I don't think it could hurt- get ready to get into some debates on the phone though I'm sure...

JerzieJennie
12-04-2007, 04:11 PM
I can take 50. Please send me the addresses :)

WilliamC
12-04-2007, 04:15 PM
Greetings All,


I can take 50. Please send me the addresses :)

Please send a private message to kotetu, he's got the names.

Thanks for participating in this!

William C Colley

kotetu
12-04-2007, 06:38 PM
I'll send more tonight! I have the names at home.

Josh_LA
12-04-2007, 10:01 PM
Hey guys, you're all AWESOME

SORRY I was never here to see the enthusiasm, but I know who's emailed me and you've all done a good job!!

Keep it up!

kotetu
12-04-2007, 11:45 PM
Are you guys ready for this? I have 28 names left. :D When those are done we have distributed for mailing 2379 names! + Josh's distributions, and anyone who got some from Bryce, etc. :D We're awesome!

RonPaulFTFW
12-05-2007, 12:18 AM
I got my 30!

I pledge to Ron Paul and the community I'll write some great letters that will help spark the fires of revolution!

Kacela
12-05-2007, 04:53 PM
Just dropped 20 letters to Iowa in the mail! :)

work2win
12-05-2007, 10:50 PM
Man, I'm still waiting on my second batch of addresses for Iowa. I hope they didn't forget about me!

fortilite
12-05-2007, 10:55 PM
Got 70 stamped and in my car for mailing tomorrow. Blue box here I come.

brumans
12-05-2007, 11:54 PM
I just e-mailed bshonka@gmail.com for 25

sluggo
12-06-2007, 07:44 PM
If anybody out there wants to write some letters, but only wants a few addresses, PM me. Between Iowa, South Carolina, and now New Hampshire I may have bitten off a little more than I could chew.

Alex
12-06-2007, 09:46 PM
I've written 25 out of 60 total handwritten.

daniroyer
12-06-2007, 09:53 PM
I only took 10 from my local meetup because of my arthritis. I'm just about done with them and then I'm writing 10 to SC. I'm waiting until Monday to ask for more since the rally is at UM is on Sunday and I'm busy helping locally so I don't want to commit to anymore until I'm done with that. I can def pull out 10 more before the 16th though.

My husband is writing letters to Iowa also, but I'm not sure how many he has.

WE CAN DO THIS!

fortilite
12-06-2007, 09:56 PM
Man, I'm still waiting on my second batch of addresses for Iowa. I hope they didn't forget about me!

Check your bulk folder too.

kotetu
12-06-2007, 10:04 PM
would anyone be interested in first class stamps with Ron Paul's face? my wife can get them done. :D

WilliamC
12-07-2007, 08:48 AM
Greetings All,

Any updates on how many of the names have been distributed? Has anyone gottent any replies from someone they've mailed?

I'm getting my last batch of 100 out this weekend which will put me at 341 and I may be able to do a few more.

William C Colley

brumans
12-07-2007, 09:46 AM
bshonka@gmail.com never replied with my 25 :(

fortilite
12-07-2007, 10:28 AM
Check your bulk mail / junk mail, my addresses wound up there.

kotetu
12-07-2007, 01:19 PM
brumans I have 27 names left I can send to you tonight. :)

kotetu
12-08-2007, 12:52 AM
all names distributed! How are we all doing on those letters? :D

sluggo
12-08-2007, 06:12 AM
Another batch going out in the mail this morning.

WilliamC
12-08-2007, 07:17 AM
Greetings All,

Just finished stamping the last letters of the 2nd batch of 100 I've done, as soon as I get them in the mailbox this morning this will put me at 341 total!

Again a big THANK YOU to everyone who is contributing to this. Here's hoping for a Ron Paul upset in Iowa!

William C Colley

vegetarianrpfan
12-08-2007, 09:35 AM
How do I get some addresses sent? I have emailed for addresses, as has someone in my Meetup group, with no reply. We're willing to work on the letter writing, please send addresses!

promagma
12-08-2007, 09:55 AM
Me too .... I emailed rshimshock early Thursday, and bshonka early Friday, but haven't heard back :(

I have sent out 20, want to do 100 more.

promagma
12-08-2007, 10:08 AM
I did check my spam folder. Maybe GMail is blocking it altogether?

Has anyone received addresses Thursday, Friday or today?

WilliamC
12-08-2007, 01:28 PM
Greetings All,

I've gotten 5 (out of 341) letters returned so far as "undeliverable/unable to forward". I looked up the names and zip codes on whitepages.com and for 2 of them there is someone at the address with the correct last name but a different first name. Think I should try resending the letters to these two or just let them be?

William C Colley

sluggo
12-08-2007, 01:35 PM
I'd say let them be. You might end up wasting postage if they get returned again. There's plenty of others out there who still need letters.

341 is awesome.

kotetu
12-08-2007, 04:12 PM
Guys - josh is pretty good about responding here, try his email hellzballer at yahoo.com

kotetu
12-09-2007, 02:45 AM
Request addresses online directly! (link (http://www.louislogan.com/letters/add_request.asp))

ronpaulbillboards
12-09-2007, 09:39 PM
I want to commend you guys/gals for your efforts. The lady I'm working with at the billboard company received a letter supporting Ron Paul. She was very impressed, I believe I converted most of the office since I started working with them. We are all having a big effect.

Keep it up!

rs3515
12-09-2007, 10:18 PM
FYI ... this is the rshimshock mentioned above. The website (http://www.rp-supporters.com/letters.html) has been delivering addresses all day, about 25,000 in total so far. If anyone hasn't received their email and can't find anything in spam, send me a message directly and I'll help you out:

rshimshock@yahoo.com

sluggo
12-10-2007, 07:10 PM
bump

sluggo
12-10-2007, 07:10 PM
I want to commend you guys/gals for your efforts. The lady I'm working with at the billboard company received a letter supporting Ron Paul. She was very impressed, I believe I converted most of the office since I started working with them. We are all having a big effect.

Keep it up!


This is good to hear. It makes the hand cramps worthwhile.