UPDATE 7/7 AND BUMP: Will start posting the blogswarm on Monday.
UPDATE 7/3 AND BUMP: Will update the group assignments later today or tomorrow. Vacation calls.
UPDATE 6/29 AND BUMP: More of the groups are going out. I've updated who's taken what in the list (the names in parens).
If you sent me an email but don't see your name on the list, try me again - or just leave a comment. My copy of Thunderbird is acting weird...
UPDATE AND BUMP: I've been buried at work - but am working on it. I'll update the list of who's taken whom shortly here. We have some people working out there that are doing a TON of work.
We have half the group covered; feel free to leave a comment or send an email to claim one of the other eight groups!
More tomorrow (Thursday, 6/29) on the plan.
I'd like to try to start my first blogswarm, here.
The idea actually came from longtime commenters Thorley Winston and Lady Logician, in the comment section to the previous posting. Here's what I'd like to do: do a research blogswarm on the 203 Minnesotans who signed the
"Happy To Bend Over For The Budget" "We Can Afford To Pay More For State Taxes" (PDF file) "open letter" to the Strib last week. The group pitches itself as a group of bipartisan citizens concerned for the state. I suspect otherwise.
So click on the Continue to see what we should do, here.
There are three steps to the process:
1. Pick a group of signees - I'm going to divide the 200 signatories into groups of 12-13, and identify the groups. Pick one (or more) of them. They will be noted below. I have taken one group, but may well tackle some m ore...
2. Do the research - Thorley Winston came up with a good format:
1) Name - If there is a website with a profile (candidate, employer’s site) of the person, please provide a link to it. Wikipedia works as well. Make sure you get the right person!Use the usual sources: Newsmeat.org, opensecrets.org, and of course Google, as well as any other information you come across. Since this is Minnesota, be careful about the names; make sure you're writing about the right person.
2) Occupation (job title, note if they are currently retired)
3) Employer (name of the organization INCLUDING non-profit organizations, provide a link to the organization site preferably one that goes directly to their profile) – I would be interested to see how many of these people work for the same organizations
4) Offices they have held and/or recently ran for
5) Affiliations with any “civic” or lobbying groups
Campaign Contribution Information (use NewsMeat.com as it is the most comprehensive and provide a link), the information that I think we should include is:
1) Total Dollar Amounts contributed (be sure to check, sometimes these sites double-count contributions and we should be as accurate as possible, when in doubt undercount). Go back as far as Newsmeat records (which I believe is 1996).
2) Note the percentage contributed to DFL versus GOP (some of the signatories may be former corporate executives who contributed to both parties)
3) Note any amounts for candidates who are running in 2006 even if for different offices (be sure to list any Republicans as well as DFLers) and provide the amounts to the candidate and their names
4) Also note if they contributed money to candidates running for office in other States
3. Publish What You Find - You can publish it on your blog (send me the link), or you can send me an email.
And that's it. Drop a comment, let me know the group you want to tackle.
OK - here are the groups of signatories. Please leave a comment, with your email and blog address if any, to "sign up" for a group of signatories. I'll update the list as I go.