For the last seven months, I’ve been reaching out to all of you to ask you to support Barack Obama. Many of you have written back with both encouragement and criticisms – I appreciate all of them. If you don’t have time to read my entire note – the executive summary is: I’m asking you again to step up and contribute to his campaign here.
Some of you have mailed checks over the past few months; some of you donated online – and I’ve thanked you individually. But most of you did not, so as we enter this new phase of the campaign, I am asking again.
Some have bemoaned the influence and corruption of money in politics, and told me that’s why you’re not going to contribute. I think you’ve got it absolutely wrong – the best way to combat the corruption of big money in politics is for small donors like you to step up. As the new leader of the Democratic Party, Senator Obama announced this week that the party will mirror his campaign, and no longer accept money from PACs or lobbyists.
Turning this kind of big money away is not easy, because campaigning costs money – big money. One needs to advertise, travel, pay smart people to help you, and so on. But turning this money away is the right thing to do, and it helps return the power to where it belongs: The People.
In the fall, we are up against a strong Republican Party and a well-respected contender. The differences between the candidates are stark; and the stakes for our nation could not be higher. We face unprecedented national debt; we hold a completely unsustainable and counterproductive international posture; our Constitutional rights are in tatters because of a criminal Administration and a timid Congress; and it is high time for The People to stand up.
I am asking you to stand up and help – with your voice, with your actions, with your awareness – but today, I’m specifically asking you to do it with your money.
You can help us change this country. Please donate to Senator Obama’s campaign by going to this page and clicking the “donate” button.
If you can donate a lot, donate a lot. If you can only donate a little, do that. But don’t just do nothing. We need every one of you to help fuel the renaissance in national leadership that so many of us have been dreaming about.