Introducing the Big Red Tent
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Patrick Ruffini has said more than once that the right needs to stop building what the left already has and instead build the next big thing. As part of heading in that direction, please let me introduce you to the Big Red Tent. We didn't build it, but we're actively supporting it.
What is the Big Red Tent? It's a place where you, RedState, and anyone else can build a slate of candidates who you feel deserve support (based on location, issues, or whatever criteria you prefer), reach a consensus on an official list of candidates, and incorporate widgets into your own site to keep track of your chosen candidates. An online community two years in the making, Big Red Tent puts the keys to the electoral and fundraising process back in the hands of the grassroots, allowing any candidate to be proposed for support, and allowing activists, concerned citizens, and politicians to reach out to each other and to communicate.
Why is this important, and how can it help you? Let's say that you are a Republican living in a "safe" district in Georgia. Your Congressman is secure, so you want to help support a Republican who is in a less safe district (or who is challenging an incumbent Democrat). Through Big Red Tent's slate-building option, you can quickly and easily learn about candidates who are geographically distant from you (and who you might not hear about at all otherwise), find out what they stand for, and contribute to their campaigns. Likewise, not everybody has the time or the inclination to drop $1,000.00 or more to participate in campaign fundraisers; nor should donations of that size be required to gain legitimacy within a campaign. With Big Red Tent, you can learn about the candidates, communicate with their supporters, vote on adding them to the site's official slate, donate any amount you wish to as many of the slated candidates as you wish, and encourage others to do the same - all without having to leave the comfort of your own home.
It's a community, like RedState, but with a difference. We focus on the activism. Big Red Tent focuses on the fundraising. We wanted to reveal the Big Red Tent to you today. The contribute component comes online next week.
Until then, you can get your account together, get your slate set up, and start pitching your candidates. By working together to harness the power of the internet in debating candidates, building slates, and combining our contributions, we can convince people, influence elections, and succeed in our goal of getting Republicans elected. With your involvement, Big Red Tent can be that Next Big Thing, and we here at RedState are behind the effort 100%.