I just donated to the Bernie Sanders campaign. I support his run for President, so I am happy to donate. But I donated now because of an email from Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Hillary’s campaign sounded an alarm today – not for an issue I care about — not for any issue at all actually. She sent out an email with the subject, “We could be outraised by Bernie Sanders”. That is the hook – that ever important subject line – to motivate potential donors. Her email emphasizes the scare she is facing:
“With just three days left in 2015, we’ve had a very good year — but we also have to face the very real possibility that we could be outraised by our Democratic challenger this quarter. We’ve set an ambitious goal of raising $2 million online this week to close the gap, but unless more people step up, we’re not going to reach that goal.”
What a compelling message. We should rush to donate to the Wall Street connected Hillary campaign because she is suddenly scared Bernie will out raise her. More to the point, the popularity Bernie gets for raising his campaign money from regular people – and not corporations and millionaires – is threatening her desired image as the people’s choice for president.
Hillary needs us to donate (even just a dollar) so she can demonstrate her popularity. She wants me to send her a dollar so she can up her numbers of small donors. She has all the money she needs from Wall Street and early union endorsements. She is less concerned with money than with convincing us she is one of us and that we, the people, support her.
But she misses the point – a point that the Bernie Sanders campaign makes clear today in its own fundraising email when he writes,
“Our campaign is unlike the others. I am not for sale. I don’t go around asking millionaires and billionaires for money. And even if I did, it’d go poorly. Let’s just say that the corporate class is not very excited about the prospect of a President Bernie Sanders. This is your movement.”
So here they are – our leading contenders for the Democratic nomination for President. One who admits proudly that he is a candidate of the people who could not get the millionaire/billioniare class money even if he wanted it. And the other, who in her ask, reveals she is scared she may not be enough like him to win.
Who do you think should get your money?