Every day I receive dozens of requests in email asking for money to support candidates and causes. Normally I would not even consider reproducing one of them as an article, but in this case I’m making an exception. In my opinion, wed lost a Congressman in 2010, who was the most significant defeat for the Democratic party and the progressive movement have suffered. We need Alan Grayson back!
We spend so much time thinking about who will be elected to office, and so little time thinking about what they will do when they get there. Campaign consultants tell candidates that promises are inconvenient; you might have to keep them. And candidates dance around the issues as though they were lit firecrackers.
Not me. Here are my goals, after Nov. 6:
(1) Full employment.
(2) Universal healthcare.
(3) Taking corporate money out of politics and government.
(4) Reinstituting progressive taxation, to reduce the deficit and the debt.
(5) Ending corporate welfare.
(6) Improving labor standards, including pensions, sick leave and paid vacations.
(7) Ending discrimination against minorities, women and gays.
(8) Providing higher education to every student who wants it.
(9) Ending the war, bringing the troops home, and reining in the military-industrial complex.
(10) Reducing the brutal and pervasive inequality in American life.
I’m working 14 hours a day, seven days a week, to try to win our race for the House on Nov. 6. I have to, because in 2010, I was the target of the most pitch-black, break-your-back, wolf-pack Super PAC attack that any Member of the House has ever seen. The Koch Brothers, the insurance companies, the Chamber of Commerce and the Republican Party spent over $5 million to denigrate, deprecate, devastate and decimate me. My friends, my neighbors and even my own children saw an average of 70 blistering negative ads against me on TV — paid for by nameless, faceless monsters.
It doesn’t matter. That was then, and this is now. We’re winning, and after the election, we’ve got work to do. If I’m working 14 hours a day now, then I’ll work 16 hours a day after Nov. 6. Because America’s problems can be solved, and they must be solved.
But here’s the thing – a Congressman like me, who fights for progressive, fair taxation, can’t finance his campaign with "trickle down" checks from the super-rich. A Congressman like me, who fights against corporate welfare, can’t finance his campaign with corporate PAC contributions. A Congressman like me, who fights for peace, can’t finance his campaign with blood money from the military-industrial complex.
On the contrary, they’re the ones who firebombed us last time.
So I have only one choice. I have to invite you to join – or re-join – our legion of contributors, who now number almost 100,000. People who want nothing in return for their contributions but government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
When you contribute to our campaign, you give me the freedom not to kowtow to lobbyists and special interests. You make it possible for me to do the job the way that you would do it — honestly, and for the greater good.
In 2010, in House races around the country, big donors ($200+) supplied 92% of the cash, and small donors provided 8%. In our race, we reversed those numbers. And with your help, we’ll do it again.
With your help, we will win. And then on November 7th, that’s when the real work starts. If you want someone in Congress who will fight – every day – for justice, equality and peace, then click here, and show that you care.
Remember, Alan was the very first to tell us the truth about RepubliCare, the Republican health care plan with the built in death benefit.
I encourage you to join me in supporting Alan however you can. Elect Alan Grayson!