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Editor’s note: When it comes to fundraising, Brauer’s no Barack, but donate anyway

Our experiment in recruiting micro-sponsors for our popular BrauBlog reaches its deadline on Tuesday. The good news: We’ve raised nearly $6,000 from readers. The bad news: We need $4,000 more to get the full match.

Just two days to go in our campaign to recruit micro-sponsors for BrauBlog.

The good news: 283 readers have donated — 196 HighBraus ($25 each) and 87 LowBraus ($10 each)

The less-good news:  We’ve raised under $6,000 from those donations, and philanthropist Ruth Ann Harnisch offered to match up to $10,000, so we’re leaving some money on the table.

Ruth Ann says she’s a little jealous, because a different campaign of ours, the MinnRoast Challenge, has already surpassed its $10,000 goal, earning a full match from an anonymous donor.

What’s the difference between the two situations?  The MinnRoast Challenge, which was announced at our annual gala in April, welcomed contributions of any amount, and many donations ranged from $250 to $1,000.

BrauBlog, on the other hand, is an experiment in small donations, with a cap of $25.  We’re happy that it netted us lots of new donors, but we’d sure love to get some more of Ruth Ann’s match.

We know that David Brauer’s blog entries are typically read by at least 1,500 people and often by more than 2,000. If you’re a regular reader and have been watching the campaign and waiting to contribute, please do so today. Scroll below and click on one of the donation buttons.

In the 2008 presidential election, candidate Barack Obama demonstrated the power of many small donors. OK, David’s no Barack, but supporting serious journalism is as important to the future of democracy as contributing to the candidate of your choice.

I’ll get off my soapbox now. If you can’t remember whether you donated, donate now.  If you donated but want to donate again, please do. And thanks for reading.