“Torie Osborn Takes On Sacramento” by Tom Hayden for The Nation

May 23rd, 2012

Written for The Nation by Tom Hayden

Torie Osborn’s campaign for a West Los Angeles assembly seat (50th District) is stirring excitement and mobilizing grassroots volunteers like nothing else so far this year in dreary California, where budget deficits keep deepening and politics decays despite a Democratic governor and legislative majority.

Osborn, a leader of the LGBT community since the AIDS epidemic, the former executive of the non-profit Liberty Hill Foundation, which supports community-based organizing across Los Angeles, has motivated a solid core of young volunteers, appeared at eighty house parties, raised over $750,000 from 2,200 campaign contributors (many who gave $100 or less) and won eleven endorsements from local Democratic clubs across a district including Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades and Malibu. Recently, inspired by her experience in the 2008 Obama campaign, Osborn has been organizing boot camps where young activists become trained organizers. Read more…

You Don’t Normally Hear from Me

May 23rd, 2012

I’m Stacy Dalgleish, I volunteer as a Volunteer Coordinator for the campaign.

I know — you don’t normally hear from me! Torie asked me to write a message about these last two weeks of the campaign, and about how important it is that everyone volunteer before the primary.

Will you sign up now for a volunteer shift? Read more…

Torie Osborn Launches Innovative Social Media Organizing Effort

April 25th, 2012

Citizen-Led and Grassroots Energized Campaign Empowers Volunteers to Identify and Outreach to Facebook Friends who are Voters in the New 50th Assembly District

SANTA MONICA, CA— The Torie Osborn for Assembly campaign today unveiled a groundbreaking and sophisticated new online social organizing tool that empowers volunteers to reach out their Facebook friends, identify those who live in the new 50th Assembly District, and reach out to them.

The system, titled ‘Facebook for Torie’, uses an interface that identifies which of a person’s Facebook friends lives and is registered to vote in the 50th Assembly District and then sends volunteers through to a call bank interface. Volunteers from both inside and outside the district can use the system to find friends in the district, and call them to promote and discuss Torie’s message. Read more…

Help me clean up the baby bottle mess

April 20th, 2012

When I announced my candidacy for the 50th Assembly District, I said I wanted to clean up Sacramento’s mess, and I needed your help. Little did I suspect we’d have to start so soon.

Just in time for Earth Day, one of my opponent’s campaign is littering front doors across the district with low-grade plastic baby bottles. I’m not sure why my opponent thought voters in the most environmentally conscious district in California would want to get spammed with unwanted plastic, but I’m ready to lead the recycling drive.

This Monday, I will personally recycle all the bottles given to me and my team by voters, taking them to the Santa Monica Community Recycling Center. Read more…

Will you make a call?

April 12th, 2012

From Sheila Kuehl, Former State Senator

For better or for worse….campaigns have really changed.

I ran — and won — state office in California five times in the last 20 years, when we had to do things without social media! Back in the day, as they say, high tech online tools were really difficult to use and excessively expensive.

Luckily for all of us supporting Torie and her campaign, that’s all changed! Starting today, you can help us call voters in the district without even leaving your home. And with just 54 days until the primary, we need all hands on deck making these calls!

Will you sign up to help staff the phones either at your home, or at the campaign office? It only takes a minute!

Raising money gets us pretty far in the campaign, but telling our stories to the voters gets us over the finish line. Read more…

Congressman Barney Frank Backs Torie Osborn for Assembly

April 10th, 2012

Renowned Progressive Congressman Enthusiastically Endorses Torie Osborn’s Assembly Bid

SANTA MONICA, CA— Continuing to make major headway, today Torie Osborn captured an endorsement from the influential and wildly popular progressive Congressman Barney Frank.

Congressman Frank is one of the top ranking Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and is recognized as one of the most well known openly gay elected officials in our nation. He served as Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee from 2007-2011, and is still the committee’s ranking Democrat. Read more…

Osborn Campaign Holds Big, Boisterous & Successful Office Opening

April 2nd, 2012

Over 100 Grassroots Activists, Community Leaders and Supporters Joined Torie Osborn for Campaign’s Official Office Opening

SANTA MONICA, CA— With just over two months remaining until the June 5th Primary Election, this past weekend the Torie Osborn for Assembly campaign held its kick-off event for the official opening of its campaign headquarters and formal launch of its field and grassroots outreach campaign.

Since first entering the race, Osborn has built up an extensive network of grassroots activists and supporters who are already enthusiastically engaged and mobilized in their own communities. Read more…

Comedy Stars Stage First Celebrity Fundraiser “Laughing is Good….” for Torie Osborn’s Assembly Campaign

March 27th, 2012

Hal Sparks, Lily Tomlin and Bruce Vilanch Will Take the Stage in “Laughing is Good When it Benefits Torie Osborn for Assembly” Fundraiser; Members of the Cast of “Queer as Folk” to Join in the Post-Show Reception

[LOS ANGELES, CA – March 27, 2012] Marking a first in her campaign, a trio of Hollywood’s top comedians will celebrate and support State Assembly candidate Torie Osborn in a celebrity fundraising event on April 5th at 7pm at the Director’s Guild Theatre with “Laughing is Good…”. Performing at the special one-night-only comedy event are Hal Sparks, Lily Tomlin and Bruce Vilanch, with members of the cast of Queer as Folk also attending. Among other notables, former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl and Osborn herself, a leader of community nonprofits and candidate for California’s new, open 50th Assembly District, will both be appearing and speaking at the benefit.

Hal Sparks, who starred in ‘Queer As Folk’ and appears often on Stephanie Miller’s radio show, and is a member of the touring company Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour, will perform a portion of his renowned stand-up show for the crowd. Lily Tomlin, who starred in her own tour de force “The Search For Signs of Intelligence In The Universe”, will take the stage for a set as a special guest. Bruce Vilanch, a six-time Emmy Award winner, and heralded writer for the Oscars, Tonys, Grammys and Emmys, will bring thoughts from his own one-man show ‘Bruce Vilanch: Almost Famous’. Members of the cast of Queer As Folk will also show their support by attending the post-show reception after the event. Read more…

Osborn Wins Endorsement of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR)

March 26th, 2012

Influential Group Backs the Local Grassroots Candidate with Strong Record of Fighting for Change

SANTA MONICA, CA — Torie Osborn, the leading candidate for the 50th Assembly District, today won the backing of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) – one of the most significant endorsements in Santa Monica politics.

Osborn, a leader of a community non-profits and government reform efforts, won the SMRR endorsement with 67 percent of the vote. Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom received 17 percent of the votes, while South Bay Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, netted 14 percent. Read more…

Torie Osborn Tops $630,000 Raised

March 22nd, 2012

First-Time Candidate Torie Osborn Raises Impressive $630,000 for June 2012 Primary; Osborn’s 1,850 Donors Demonstrate her Dynamic and Grassroots Support

SANTA MONICA, CA—Continuing to raise eyebrows of California’s political establishment, today the Torie Osborn for Assembly campaign announced that it has raised $630,000 from over 1,850 grassroots donors, of which, $102,787 was raised just this quarter.

93% of Osborn’s donations were under $500, and 68% were under $100. 42% percent of all donations were given online. These statistics further cement Osborn as the grassroots candidate, with wide-ranging support. Read more…