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Obama for America
6:07 p.m. ET
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Take 30% off all purchases of $X or more with code LASTCALL:

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All proceeds go toward strengthening this grassroots organization at a critical time.

Obama Store 2012

--------- You can still support this campaign and our party's grassroots organization even if you don't want to buy anything. Donate today:

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Contributions or gifts to Obama Victory Fund 2012 are not tax deductible.

The first $X from a contributor to Obama Victory Fund 2012 will be allocated to Obama for America, designated for the general election. The next $X from a contributor will be allocated to the Democratic National Committee. Any additional amount s from a contributor will be divided among the State Democratic Party Committees as follows, up to $X per committee and subject to the biennial aggregate limits: OH 24% , FL 15% ; WI 12% ; IA 10% ; NV 10% ; VA 9% ; CO 7% ; NC 7% ; PA 3% ; and NH 3% . A contributor may designate a contribution for a particular participant. This allocation formula may change if following it would result in an excessive contribution. Contributions will be used in connection with a Federal election, may be spent on any activities of the participants as each committee determines in its sole discretion, and will not be earmarked for any particular candidate.



This is your last call to pick up items at the Obama Store in time for Election Day -- and it also just so happens that we're running our biggest sale ever this weekend.

Everything is 30% off storewide when you make a purchase of $X or more, using promo code LASTCALL. And all proceeds go toward strengthening this grassroots organization at a critical time. So take a look -- as always, there's free shipping on every order:

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Julianna

Julianna Smoot Deputy Campaign Manager Obama for America

P.S. -- You can still support this campaign even if you don't want to buy anything. Donate today:

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Contributions or gifts to Obama Victory Fund 2012 are not tax deductible.

The first $X from a contributor to Obama Victory Fund 2012 will be allocated to Obama for America, designated for the general election. The next $X from a contributor will be allocated to the Democratic National Committee. Any additional amount s from a contributor will be divided among the State Democratic Party Committees as follows, up to $X per committee and subject to the biennial aggregate limits: OH 24% , FL 15% ; WI 12% ; IA 10% ; NV 10% ; VA 9% ; CO 7% ; NC 7% ; PA 3% ; and NH 3% . A contributor may designate a contribution for a particular participant. This allocation formula may change if following it would result in an excessive contribution. Contributions will be used in connection with a Federal election, may be spent on any activities of the participants as each committee determines in its sole discretion, and will not be earmarked for any particular candidate.

Take 30% off all purchases of $X or more with code LASTCALL

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PAID FOR BY OBAMA VICTORY FUND 2012, A JOINT FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE AUTHORIZED BY OBAMA FOR AMERICA, THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE, AND THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTIES IN THE FOLLOWING STATES: CO, FL, IA, NV, NH, NC, OH, PA, VA, AND WI.

Contributions or gifts to Obama Victory Fund 2012 are not tax deductible.

The first $X from a contributor to Obama Victory Fund 2012 will be allocated to Obama for America, designated for the general election. The next $X from a contributor will be allocated to the Democratic National Committee. Any additional amount s from a contributor will be divided among the State Democratic Party Committees as follows, up to $X per committee and subject to the biennial aggregate limits: OH 24% , FL 15% ; WI 12% ; IA 10% ; NV 10% ; VA 9% ; CO 7% ; NC 7% ; PA 3% ; and NH 3% . A contributor may designate a contribution for a particular participant. This allocation formula may change if following it would result in an excessive contribution. Contributions will be used in connection with a Federal election, may be spent on any activities of the participants as each committee determines in its sole discretion, and will not be earmarked for any particular candidate



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--------- You can still support this campaign and our party's grassroots organization even if you don't want to buy anything. Donate today.

PAID FOR BY OBAMA VICTORY FUND 2012, A JOINT FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE AUTHORIZED BY OBAMA FOR AMERICA, THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE, AND THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTIES IN THE FOLLOWING STATES: CO, FL, IA, NV, NH, NC, OH, PA, VA, AND WI. Contributions or gifts to Obama Victory Fund 2012 are not tax deductible.

The first $X from a contributor to Obama Victory Fund 2012 will be allocated to Obama for America, designated for the general election. The next $X from a contributor will be allocated to the Democratic National Committee. Any additional amount s from a contributor will be divided among the State Democratic Party Committees as follows, up to $X per committee and subject to the biennial aggregate limits: OH 24% , FL 15% ; WI 12% ; IA 10% ; NV 10% ; VA 9% ; CO 7% ; NC 7% ; PA 3% ; and NH 3% . A contributor may designate a contribution for a particular participant. This allocation formula may change if following it would result in an excessive contribution. Contributions will be used in connection with a Federal election, may be spent on any activities of the participants as each committee determines in its sole discretion, and will not be earmarked for any particular candidate

quick -- folks in Nevada can vote early for President Obama, starting today. A few votes in their state could decide this election.

Know anyone in Nevada? Tell them now to go vote -- and we'll send you a free bumper sticker to thank you for reaching out.

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We can help you share with your Facebook friends with a couple of clicks. In moments, you can send them a link where they can find out where and when to vote in their state.

Once you've shared, just tell us where to send that sticker and we'll get it in the mail right away.

With just 17 days left in this election, this couldn't be more important.

If the folks you know hear from you, they're much more likely to get it done. So tell them how important it is to vote early:

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We can win this -- but it's going to take all of us mobilizing the people we know.

Yohannes

Yohannes Abraham Deputy National Political Director Obama for America

--------------------------------------------------------------------- Time is running out to do the work it'll take to win. Please donate to the Obama Victory Fund now:

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PAID FOR BY OBAMA VICTORY FUND 2012, A JOINT FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE AUTHORIZED BY OBAMA FOR AMERICA, THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE, AND THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTIES IN THE FOLLOWING STATES: CO, FL, IA, NV, NH, NC, OH, PA, VA, AND WI.

Contributions or gifts to Obama Victory Fund 2012 are not tax deductible.

The first $X from a contributor to Obama Victory Fund 2012 will be allocated to Obama for America, designated for the general election. The next $X from a contributor will be allocated to the Democratic National Committee. Any additional amount s from a contributor will be divided among the State Democratic Party Committees as follows, up to $X per committee and subject to the biennial aggregate limits: OH 24% , FL 15% ; WI 12% ; IA 10% ; NV 10% ; VA 9% ; CO 7% ; NC 7% ; PA 3% ; and NH 3% . A contributor may designate a contribution for a particular participant. This allocation formula may change if following it would result in an excessive contribution. Contributions will be used in connection with a Federal election, may be spent on any activities of the participants as each committee determines in its sole discretion, and will not be earmarked for any particular candidate.



I've got to share some numbers with you, because they show incredible progress in all aspects of our grassroots organization. All of it is thanks to you and millions of other supporters building this campaign from the ground up.

Now, I'm hoping you'll help take it to the next level for the final 17 days -- join Dashboard, our online organizing hub:

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Here's the latest:

We've out-registered Republicans in every battleground state for the past THREE months.

Right now, we've got a total of more than 14,000,000 registered Democrats in battleground states like Florida and Nevada -- that means we have a 2,400,000-person lead over Republicans where it matters the most.

And when it comes to voting early in battleground states, we're in the lead in important states like Iowa and Ohio -- and ahead in ballot requests in Nevada.

In Ohio, all public polling shows that the President has a double-digit lead among those who have voted. And nearly two-thirds of all voter registrations in the state in 2012 were in counties that President Obama won in 2008.

In Iowa, we lead in vote-by-mail ballots cast, in-person early voting, total voting and total ballots requested. We also lead by a wider margin than we did at this point in 2008 in both ballots requested and cast.

This is all possible because of thousands of hard-working volunteers, and more than 4 million people -- about 1 in 75 Americans -- chipping in to own a piece of this campaign. That's a record for American politics.

These figures tell a story about a grassroots movement that, with your help, has been growing stronger every day since 2007. They tell us that our work on the ground is paying off in a big way, but more than anything, they tell us that when supporters like you pitch in, you move the entire campaign and the entire country forward.

We've got to keep that momentum going until the last ballot is cast on November 6th.

If you really want to lean into the finish line, join Dashboard today and help get out the vote:

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Let's do this!

Jeremy

Jeremy Bird National Field Director Obama for America

P.S. -- we're running out of time and we need to finish strong -- chip in $X or more to help build this organization while there's still time:

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And as you're gearing up for the final presidential debate, be sure to check out this must-see video about Mitt Romney's approach to foreign policy:

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Contributions or gifts to Obama Victory Fund 2012 are not tax deductible.

The first $X from a contributor to Obama Victory Fund 2012 will be allocated to Obama for America, designated for the general election. The next $X from a contributor will be allocated to the Democratic National Committee. Any additional amount s from a contributor will be divided among the State Democratic Party Committees as follows, up to $X per committee and subject to the biennial aggregate limits: OH 24% , FL 15% ; WI 12% ; IA 10% ; NV 10% ; VA 9% ; CO 7% ; NC 7% ; PA 3% ; and NH 3% . A contributor may designate a contribution for a particular participant. This allocation formula may change if following it would result in an excessive contribution. Contributions will be used in connection with a Federal election, may be spent on any activities of the participants as each committee determines in its sole discretion, and will not be earmarked for any particular candidate.

Romney for President
9:47 a.m. ET
My dad’s ready

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President Obama doesn't seem to have a plan for the future, but I know my dad does, and I know he's ready to lead us to a real recovery. I'm looking forward to hearing him share his vision for America during the last debate.

You can still enter for a chance to watch with Team Romney-Ryan. It should be an exciting night, and every entry moves us closer to a Republican victory on November 6th.

[url] Don't miss out -- contribute today to be automatically entered for a chance to watch the final debate with Dad's team.

We're in the homestretch! Thank you,

Josh Romney

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. No contribution or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this Promotion. Making a contribution does not increase your chances of winning. To enter by making a contribution, click [url] here . To enter without making a contribution, click [url] here . Void where prohibited. The Promotion begins on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time and ends on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time "Entry Period" . All entries must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, October 20, 2012. One 1 winner will receive the following Prize: one 1 round-trip coach class plane ticket within the continental United States on a date and to a Destination to be determined by Sponsor, with an approximate retail value of $X; one 1 one-night hotel stay at the Destination, with an approximate retail value of $X; and ground transportation at the discretion of Sponsor, with an approximate retail value of $X. Approximate total retail value is $X. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. The Promotion is open to citizens and permanent residents green card holders of the United States who are legal residents of one of the fifty states, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia and are at least 18 years of age or the age of majority as determined by state law. Details and qualifications for participation in this Promotion may apply. Restrictions are listed in the [url] Official Rules . The Sponsor is Romney Victory, Inc., P.O. Box [id], Boston, MA 02114.

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President Obama hasn't presented the American people with a vision for our future -- he's just given us stale rhetoric and canned excuses.

Mitt Romney has both a vision for our nation and the will to fight for it. America's choice will be clear during the final debate.

For just a few more hours, you can still enter this contest for a chance to watch it all happen with our campaign team. Nobody's more fired up than they are -- it should be a lot of fun! And every entry helps us move closer to a Republican victory on November 6th.

[url] Contribute now to be automatically entered for a chance to watch the final debate with Team Romney-Ryan.

Thank you,

Paul Ryan

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. No contribution or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win this Promotion. Making a contribution does not increase your chances of winning. To enter by making a contribution, click [url] here . To enter without making a contribution, click [url] here . Void where prohibited. The Promotion begins on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time and ends on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time "Entry Period" . All entries must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, October 20, 2012. One 1 winner will receive the following Prize: one 1 round-trip coach class plane ticket within the continental United States on a date and to a Destination to be determined by Sponsor, with an approximate retail value of $X; one 1 one-night hotel stay at the Destination, with an approximate retail value of $X; and ground transportation at the discretion of Sponsor, with an approximate retail value of $X. Approximate total retail value is $X. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. The Promotion is open to citizens and permanent residents green card holders of the United States who are legal residents of one of the fifty states, Puerto Rico, or the District of Columbia and are at least 18 years of age or the age of majority as determined by state law. Details and qualifications for participation in this Promotion may apply. Restrictions are listed in the [url] Official Rules . The Sponsor is Romney Victory, Inc., P.O. Box [id], Boston, MA 02114.

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2:26 p.m. ET
[name], it’s clear



It's clear -- Barack Obama has no second term agenda.

Although President Obama won't lay out his plan for a second term, we already know what it will be -- a repeat of the last four years. We can't afford four more years of crushing debt and wasteful spending.

We know what President Obama will do on taxes. He's already raised taxes 21 times -- and he'll raise taxes by $X trillion more. Middle-class families will face a $X-a-year tax increase just to service his debt and spending proposals.

As Governor of Massachusetts, I cut taxes 19 times. As president, I won't raise taxes on anyone; I will deliver tax cuts to the middle class; and I will simplify the tax code to make it simpler, flatter, and fairer.

We know what President Obama will do on spending. President Obama's already increased our debt by $X.5 trillion -- and he'll let our national debt climb to $X trillion by 2016. He's promised a second stimulus, yet we don't even know where the first one went.

As Governor of Massachusetts, I balanced the budget every year without raising taxes and led our state to a credit upgrade. As president, I will cut and cap spending, restore our AAA credit rating, and set us on a path to a balanced budget.

[url] I have a clear plan to put America on a path to prosperity. Contribute now to help promote my clear vision for America.

Mitt Romney

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Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
10:24 a.m. ET
Listen up

Polling Update State National Virginia Obama 47, Romney 48 Wisconsin Obama 48, Romney 47 Nevada Obama 47, Romney 45 Listen up: Just yesterday, Mitt Romney's billionaire funded SuperPAC announced their most expensive attack to date, covering nine battleground states.

Here's the cold, hard truth: Obama is tied, as are about a dozen Senate races. And Republicans are still outspending us 3-to-1 with brutal attacks.

We're running out of time to break these deadlocks. The Republicans can pick up a phone and have a billionaire write a $X check. I'm counting on you and 6,000 others to match that in the next 36 hours, because we've got to increase our spending immediately.

It's time to pony up, folks! Give $X immediately. We're still 6,187 donations short.

This election could be decided today. Right now, we could scare the heck out of the Republicans by pouring money into the tightest battlegrounds and bouncing in the polls. Or, we could let those wing-nuts win the White House and Senate because our folks didn't step up.

Contribute $X in the next 36 hours so we can win this thing! [url]

Thanks for sticking up for our side, James

Paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, dscc.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. If you wish to contribute with a check, click here to download a printable donation form. This message was sent to [email]. To unsubscribe from the DSCC's email list, please click here. You can also send a reply to this message with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.

Polling Update State National Virginia Obama 47, Romney 48 Wisconsin Obama 48, Romney 47 Nevada Obama 47, Romney 45 Contribute now » BREAKING: Romney's Super PAC just wired $X million in emergency funding to nine battlegrounds. It's being called the “most aggressive and expensive push yet” by The New York Times.

Today, our odds of re-electing President Obama and keeping the Senate are at 51%. But today, we're asking ourselves: Will we fall behind in the last 17 days?

If we want to win the White House and Senate, we must match them on the air by Monday morning. We need 4,419 donations by tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM to make it happen.

Can you urgently rush $X to immediately increase spending in these nine states? We have just 24 hours.

The whole lot—President Obama, a Democratic Senate, and everything we've fought for in the past four years—is on the line right now.

You are one of our most committed supporters, and I know we ask a lot of you. But this moment could make or break President Obama, and grassroots supporters are our only option.

Can you immediately give $X? [url]

Thank you, Sen. Patty Murray

PAST SUPPORT Name Date of last contribute »

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If you wish to contribute with a check, click here to download a printable donation form. This message was sent to [email]. To unsubscribe from the DSCC's email list, please click here. You can also send a reply to this message with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.



Polling Update State National Virginia Obama 47, Romney 48 Wisconsin Obama 48, Romney 47 Nevada Obama 47, Romney 45 Contribute now » BREAKING: Romney's Super PAC just wired $X million in emergency funding to nine battlegrounds. It's being called the “most aggressive and expensive push yet” by The New York Times.
  
 Today, our odds of re-electing President Obama and keeping the Senate are at 51%. But today, we're asking ourselves: Will we fall behind in the last 17 days?
 
 If we want to win the White House and Senate, we must match them on the air by Monday morning. We need 4,419 donations by tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM to make it happen.
 
 Can you urgently rush $X or more to immediately increase spending in these nine states? We have just 24 hours.
 
 The whole lot—President Obama, a Democratic Senate, and everything we've fought for in the past four years—is on the line right now.
  
 You are one of our most committed supporters, and I know we ask a lot of you. But this moment could make or break President Obama, and grassroots supporters are our only option.
  
 Can you immediately give $X or more? [url]
 
 Thank you,
 Sen. Patty Murray


What a response! Just today, more than 5,000 fired up supporters have contributed to fight back against this nine state Republican SuperPAC attack campaign-- their largest of this we only need 2,000 more people to step up by 3PM tomorrow, and we'll get the Emergency Funds into the key battlegrounds by Monday morning. This funding will give us critical momentum heading into these final 17 days! Can you kick in $X and help prevent Republicans from buying the White House and Senate out from under us? - Crystal King

----------Original message FROM: Patty Murray, TO: Crystal King, SENT: 10/20/2012, SUBJECT: Breaking: NYTimes----------

Polling Update State National Virginia Obama 47, Romney 48 Wisconsin Obama 48, Romney 47 Nevada Obama 47, Romney 45 Contribute now » BREAKING: Romney's Super PAC just wired $X million in emergency funding to nine battlegrounds. It's being called the “most aggressive and expensive push yet” by The New York Times.

Today, our odds of re-electing President Obama and keeping the Senate are at 51%. But today, we're asking ourselves: Will we fall behind in the last 17 days?

If we want to win the White House and Senate, we must match them on the air by Monday morning. We need 4,419 donations by tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM to make it happen.

Can you urgently rush $X to immediately increase spending in these nine states? We have just 24 hours.

The whole lot—President Obama, a Democratic Senate, and everything we've fought for in the past four years—is on the line right now.

You are one of our most committed supporters, and I know we ask a lot of you. But this moment could make or break President Obama, and grassroots supporters are our only option.

Can you immediately give $X? [url]

Thank you, Sen. Patty Murray

PAST SUPPORT Name Date of last contribute »

Paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, dscc.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. Thank you for being a part of our movement. Our records show your email address [email]. If our records are incorrect, or you have made a recent donation that is not reflected, please let us know.

If you wish to contribute with a check, click here to download a printable donation form. This message was sent to [email]. To unsubscribe from the DSCC's email list, please click here. You can also send a reply to this message with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.



BREAKING: Romney's Super PAC just wired $X million in emergency funding to nine battlegrounds. It's being called the "most aggressive and expensive push yet” by The New York Times.

What response! Just today, more than 5,000 fired up supporters have contributed to fight back against this nine state Republican SuperPAC attack campaign-- their largest of this we only need 2,000 more people to step up by 3PM tomorrow, and we'll get the Emergency Funds into the key battlegrounds by Monday morning. This funding will give us critical momentum heading into these final 17 days! Can you kick in $X and help prevent Republicans from buying the White House and Senate out from under us? - Crystal King

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----------Original message FROM: Patty Murray, TO: Crystal King, SENT: 10/20/2012, SUBJECT: Breaking: NYTimes----------

Polling Update

State

National



Virginia

Obama 47, Romney 48



Wisconsin

Obama 48, Romney 47



Nevada

Obama 47, Romney 45



Contribute now »



BREAKING: Romney's Super PAC just wired $X million in emergency funding to nine battlegrounds. It's being called the “most aggressive and expensive push yet” by The New York Times.

Today, our odds of re-electing President Obama and keeping the Senate are at 51%. But today, we're asking ourselves: Will we fall behind in the last 17 days?

If we want to win the White House and Senate, we must match them on the air by Monday morning. We need 4,419 donations by tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM to make it happen.

Can you urgently rush $X to immediately increase spending in these nine states? We have just 24 hours.

The whole lot—President Obama, Democratic Senate, and everything we've fought for in the past four years—is on the line right now.

You are one of our most committed supporters, and I know we ask lot of you. But this moment could make or break President Obama, and grassroots supporters are our only option.

Can you immediately give $X? [url]

Thank you, Sen. Patty Murray

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