Let’s Get Real: Why Our Money Matters in the Democratic Primary

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.

One is running, one is running scared

One is running, one is running scared

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?

Comments (6)

  1. michael Petti

    I’m with you. Every month I try to make a donation to Bernie’s campaign.

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  2. deciminyan

    Me too. I don’t read the fundraising emails – even those from Bernie. I give to candidates based on what they say in the “real world” and what they do. So I’ve given to Bernie Sanders and Alex Law.

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  3. CreedPogue

    Rather difficult to disclose any biases when dealing with anonymous people. I thought there was going to be a movement toward transparency on the blog but some still like the security of saying what they want without accountability.

    Bernie Sanders sent out an email yesterday asking people to donate before the “final official FEC deadline of the year.” Just seems like a double standard.

    I might have missed (or simply not gotten the specific email referred to) but the one from her campaign manager back on the 22nd made the points that while the New Hampshire polls are close and the money race is close, that the GOP candidates in the last debate attacked her over thirty times and attacked Senator Sanders ZERO times. You don’t bother attacking the candidate that you don’t believe is going to win.

    It really is a shame that Bernie supporters seem to feel a need to constantly attack Hillary. But, Iowa and New Hampshire are simply “must wins” for Senator Sanders. They are the most friendly states he is going to face early in the primary calendar. Losing those states, especially New Hampshire, would be the end whether his supporters want to acknowledge it or not.

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    1. Rosi Efthim

      On the question of anonymous writers here at Blue Jersey, some of us (self included) write under our names, and some of us – mostly because of our employment elsewhere – are not free to do so. You’ve been around here for a long time, Creed, and you’re well aware of that. And you know it isn’t a function of accountability.

      As to “attacks” on Hillary Clinton, I fail to see how drawing comparisons in each campaign’s fundraising approaches is an “attack” on Clinton. Is her campaign really so brittle that a discussion, with examples, of emails sent to potential supporters is out-of-bounds?

      As to Sanders’ email ask before the ‘final official FEC deadline of the year’ just about every candidate, both parties, sent out a version of that email. I get them all, so in my eyes “deadline” emails zero out between them all.

      The point Talaiporia was making, if I may, is that Sanders emails tend to center on issues, and on the power individual voters have to make change. Clinton’s tend to center on her position politically. I don’t see anything in what you’ve written that really challenges that.

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  4. CreedPogue

    Other than:
    *The campaigns are much more alike than Bernie true believers like “T” want to accept which you seem to admit to agreeing with me about
    *The comparison email that I cited was from Hillary’s campaign manager
    *YOU said years ago that you were working toward more transparency on the front page but that has had limited success
    *HRC has talked about policies like Alzheimer’s etc.

    you were right on target. Or perhaps not so much.

    The unlamented FirstAmend07 was an example of someone who hid behind their anonymity. He had nothing to fear about employment, but he was allowed to regularly put out talking points rather than any discussion.

    Regarding “T”, I just find it disingenuous to claim that an email from HRC “persuaded” them to donate to a campaign they already supported.

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  5. Deborah

    Interesting read as a follow up to this blog:

    http://www.vox.com/2016/1/2/10701702/bernie-sanders-fundraising

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