Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Forty bucks for four Libertarians on July 4?

Here's what I would like to propose to my fellow Libertarians, especially those who are skeptical/hostile toward the top of the Libertarian ticket this year.

I'm cheap, and we've got a household of six people and two cats to consider, so large political contributions are out of the question.

On the other hand, even I can pry loose a measly forty bucks on Independence Day (or the day before; see below).

And here's what I plan to do with it:

Send $10 to Dr. Michael Munger to support his campaign for Governor of North Carolina (but I'm sending it to him on July 3, because that's the date of his money grenade--see the left side of the blog).

Send $10 to Allen Buckley to support his campaign for Senator in Georgia (hoping to offset the Barr PAC's $3,000+ donations to Saxby Chambliess).

Send $10 to Scotty Boman to support his campaign for Senator in Michigan (if he gets $500 from this, maybe he can go to court to add a "W" to his name, which would be worth at least another 25,000 votes--inside joke, eh).

Send $10 to Jason Gatties to support his campaign for the Board of Trustees of Lake Michigan College (because, as a state-supported professor I really wish our trustees were elected).

You might think that $10 doesn't make a damn bit of difference to these candidates.

But you'd be wrong.

It's not even so much the money as the profound message you'll be sending them that other Libertarians around the nation are watching their races, rooting for them, and want to help build a different kind of national political party.

These, by the way, are my candidate picks, people I've researched and can support. Feel free to find your own--but find four candidates around the country that you're willing to support.

And if you're flush--or willing to forego the second keg before the fireworks--send them each twenty bucks.

I can't really think of anything better to do with the money this year.


Shirley Vandever said...

I'm not flush, but here's my pledge:

I'll sent $20 to Munger. I have been watching him and was really impressed with his acceptance speech.

I'll sent $20 Boman. Michigan has a place in my heart, because I know people there who have been fighting the mandatory helmet law for years. Every freedom fighter in the legislator helps.

Brian said...

I'll send Munger az 10$ if I can get my hands on one.

Jason Gatties said...

Steve, we can't even begin to thank you for everything you're doing for our campaign. You make us all very proud to be libertarians.

Shirley Vandever said...

Well, I just did it ! I ended up giving $25 to each (that way, maybe I'll get a nifty Munger bumper sticker). Boman needs to change his payment method...you don't get to "review order" before submitting.

It also reminded me I need to change my name on my credit card...it still has an old, obsolete last name from an earlier dalliance.

But anyway, this was invigorating ! It feels good to know that you can make some small difference. It doesn't matter how small. You do what you can.

Rob said...

If you could add one more LP candidate to that list - Rob Hodgkinson can use the help as well.


Quick note: My campaign has already ordered and paid for 10,000 push cards and they will be used for the door-to-door (and other events) that we can do in my district (it is ½ rural & ½ urban). We have already paid for our yard signs.
My next set of campaign donations will be used for mail purposes in the general election to reach the areas we cannot walk effectively. The spending of donations we are doing will be for campaign purposes only – I am personally underwriting the costs of my campaign advisor (who has run winning campaigns in Kansas for both R’s and D’s).