Ev tells the straight truth

Photo of Everett holding a button that reads "Votes for Women" against his cheek and smiling sweetly. The button was a gift from my neighbor Nancy who is both the best children's librarian ever, and who recently visited a woman's suffrage exhibit and thought of me and all my activities while there. Next to the photo, text reads, "Electing people costs a lot of money," followed by the name of the author, Campaign Veteran Everett Smith, who is 8 and knows a lot about what campaigns look like on the inside
Photo of Everett holding a button that reads “Votes for Women” against his cheek and smiling sweetly. The button was a gift from my neighbor Nancy who is both the best children’s librarian ever, and who recently visited a woman’s suffrage exhibit and thought of me and all my activities while there. Next to the photo, text reads, “Electing people costs a lot of money,” followed by the name of the author, Campaign Veteran Everett Smith, who is 8 and knows a lot about what campaigns look like on the inside .

Campaigns cost money. It’s a major drag, and fundraising is a huge barrier for candidates. Printing costs, postage costs, VoteBuilder costs, and that’s all before you start thinking about hiring paid staff. I’m really lucky in respect to the need for paid staff. Having worked on a lot of campaigns myself in the past few years, I have the requisite skills to target voters and cut turfs, design mailers, etc, myself, and what skills I lack, I have friends who can fill in. What I don’t have is an unlimited source of funds to pay my printer or the USPS. I’m running this campaign bare bones, but it will still cost a lot. And my opponent has held his seat 18 years, and has never really had to compete for it. I’m starting at a real disadvantage.

Small donations will add up to enough to win this election, because I am going to put every penny toward making a personal connection with a voter. A postcard stamp costs $0.35. Printed palm cards and postcards cost about $0.10 each. VoteBuilder, to target my door-knocks and mailings, costs $1250. Pitch in $4.50 and I can send 10 handwritten postcards. Pitch in $450 and I can send 1000. Whatever you can give will help.

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