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DCCC Launches New Campaign To Build Its E-mail List

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will cast its net wide and far through the end of the year to build a bigger bank of online supporters - an increasingly essential element in political fundraising.

The campaign arm would like to add the names and e-mail addresses of 250,000 potential supporters over the next three months, according to a Democratic aide.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean started things off Wednesday by sending an e-mail to DCCC supporters encouraging them to join the DCCC's rapid response network, a community of devoted activists who send letters to local newspapers, organize outreach efforts and contribute money for ad campaigns and other mobilization drives.

Committee brass hope to incorporate other leading voices in the party, including the presidential candidates, to build its database of names and confact information and to access the candidates massive network of online supporters.

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards all have large e-mail lists that other campaign committees covet for fundraising, volunteers and voter outreach.