Democrat U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st District) cannot go very long without making a ridiculous fundraising appeal to her supporters. Indeed, it is a regular occurrence for the millionaire congresswoman. But, perhaps that’s because she shares Democrat fundraiser Tracey Newman with Jay Inslee (and we all know how bizarre Inslee’s fundraising appeals can get).
The problem is Newman doesn’t seem to devote a lot of time or energy into DelBene’s fundraising appeals. Again and again, the appeals can’t seem to get the story straight.
In December, DelBene told supporters that she wanted to reach 5,000 individual online donations for her re-election campaign and asked for their help to reach that goal.
Last week, DelBene told supporters that her campaign was “123 donations away from hitting 1,000 online donations.” A previous email urged supporters to help the campaign reach 1,000 individual online donations in 2016.
Of course, the appeal included the old, uncreative reasoning that if her supporters contributed “it’ll show everyone — including the Tea Party and our radical opponent.”
Now, if DelBene’s numbers could be believed (there is ample reason for skepticism), her campaign has already managed to reach about 20% of the individual campaign donors she reached in 2015. That’s some Newman and the rest of her campaign calls impressive. But, is it?
During 2015, DelBene went on a fundraising spree. She used all the hot-button issues as a means for raising money, touching on everything from shorter sentences for criminals to a “save the elephants” campaign to Confederate flags on federal sites. She even resorted to literally spelling out her feelings/reactions for her supporters.
DelBene already laid the fundraising groundwork in 2015. The fact that she has not been able to crack 1,000 individual supporters by now is, simply put, pathetic.
In the end, the numbers tell you less about DelBene’s popularity or success (as her campaign would like people to believe) and more about her desperation… and how much her own supporters are exhausted by her desperation.
As Shift previously pointed out, DelBene is someone who spent more than $2.8 million of her own money on her 2012 campaign to first get elected to Congress. Resorting to such desperate campaign fundraising appeals to gain 123 more individual donors (and whatever the sum is that they may actually contribute) just makes her look ridiculous.