Mr Geoghegan Goes To Washington

by digby

I just got this from Adam Green and I thought I would pass it on to any of you who are in the DC area, or who would like to "virtually" attend by donating to Geoghegan's campaign:

Hi, I'm co-hosting an event this coming Monday evening at Local 16 in support of a really inspiring progressive who is running in a special election to replace Rahm Emanuel in the House. Can you make it?

Tom Geoghegan is a famed labor lawyer who wrote pro-worker books like "Which Side Are You On?" David Sirota calls Tom "one of the greatest living progressives in America" and a writer at The Nation wrote "Tom could be the next Paul Wellstone."

There will be happy hour drink specials, and a raffle at the event will include autographed books by Rick Perlstein, David Sirota, Jerome Armstrong, and the January 21st Obama Inauguration issue of the New York Times.

Tom has already raised over $100,000 in mostly small-dollar contributions, but he'll need $500,000 to win. Tickets are $30. Raffle tickets are $20 each in advance, $25 at the door. Every dollar really goes a long way, so the more you can give, the better.

Would be great if you could make it, and help support this progressive candidate. Just click here to sign up (oh, and if you can't make it, you can still donate at the link

Thanks so much. I hope to see you Monday!


Howie Klein has another great Geoghegan fundraiser going for those of you who might be ready to part with your precious music collection:

I hope everyone who wants strong proponents of America's working families will contribute to Tom's campaign. You can do it through ActBlue here. As an incentive for some I spoke with an old friend, Scott McLean, who has made a very generous offer to Geoghegan donors. Scott buys large collections of records and CDs. He's especially interested in rock, soul, vintage country, personality and original shows. He pays high prices and has been in business for 30 years. He's agreed to donate between 10 and 20% (20% for collections he pays over $1,000 for) to Tom's campaign. In other words, sell him your record collection and wind up with, say $2,000-- and he will donate another $400 to Tom's campaign. Contact Scott at and tell him DownWithTyranny sent you. If you don't have a record collection to sell, please consider even a $5 or $10 contribution to Tom's campaign.

And by the way, Kathy G has been following Geoghegen's campaign with some great writing and enthusiasm. She's also been contributing to his website and compiling some of the new items about Tom and the campaign. For instance, she notes this story about Geoghegan's "day job" which explains why Geoghegan has so many people in the progressive world gaga over the prospect of having him in the congress:

[T]he Chicago Tribune is reporting that Tom is edging closer to victory in a lawsuit he filed on behalf of over 1,000 city workers cheated out of back pay by the Daley administration. Says Tom in the story, “[The Daley administration] ought to pay people the money they worked for. That is especially important at this time, as the value of people’s homes and investments has declined. They should not be trying to nickel-and-dime these retirees.”

This isn't just political rhetoric for this guy. He actually does this stuff.