The Denver Group was formed less than one week ago in response to information that Howard Dean and the DNC wanted to keep Senator Clinton's name off the ballot in Denver in an attempt at fostering the appearance of party unity at the convention.
Through the use of mass media the Group intends to make it clear to Howard Dean and the DNC that the convention must be an open convention and must function that way, and to that end Senator Clinton's name must be on the ballot. Her name must be put in nomination and there must be a roll call vote allowing the delegates Senator Clinton has earned and who represent more than 18 million Democratic voters, to cast their votes. The representation of those 18 million Democratic voters is the only acceptable means for conducting the convention regardless of outcome, and the only acceptable means that is in accordance with the democratic process.
To achieve these goals we have organized ourselves as a non-connected committee. By doing this we may not accept contributions in excess of $5,000 and we may not accept contributions from corporations or unions but it will give us greater flexibility in the messages we can send.
It will also let Howard Dean and the DNC know through our use of mass media that the messages being sent through our full page ads and tv commercials are being sent by an extremely large number of Democrats concerned with keeping the Democratic Party democratic and who are insisting that Senator Clinton's s name is on the ballot and that there be a roll call vote. It will also indicate to Dr. Dean and the DNC that there will be an extremely large number of disaffected Democrats if its not.
UPDATE: June 23, 2008
The bylaws of the committee have been drafted and officers appointed and papers have readied for filing with the FEC.The IRS is currently processing the necessary paper work making it possible to accept contributions. We would like to thank all those who have already pledged contributions even before we are able to accept them and we expect we will be able to accept contributions this week, perhaps as early as Wednesday. Please check back for future updates.
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