Democrat U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (1st District) is—once again—using bizarre tactics to fundraise for her campaign. In a recent email, DelBene informs supporters that there are currently “less than two weeks” until her campaign has to “publicly file our fundraising total.” The email goes on to state that if DelBene “can bring in another 27 donations by September 30th it will send a clear message” that her grassroots campaign is “a force to be reckoned with.”
Last month, DelBene sent out an email that informed recipients that she just needs $354 to meet her end-of-month fundraising goal. This month, it appears she just needs 27 new donors.
Of course, the absurdly low and oddly specific goals beg the question of why DelBene—someone who spent more than $2.8 million of her own money on her 2012 campaign to first get elected to Congress—cannot just cover the $354, or whatever total she expects to bring in with 27 donors, herself.
Would 27 more donors really send some sort of message to her opponents? We think not. DelBene is a multi-millionaire who bought her seat in Congress, asking for $354 or 27 more donors makes her look ridiculous.
Speaking of ridiculous, self-proclaimed Socialist Bernie Sanders is using a similar tactic—albeit on a greater scale—to fundraise for his presidential bid. An email from Sanders’ campaign informs recipients of the same September 30th deadline and states,
“This deadline gives our campaign the chance to make presidential election history. We may be able to say that our supporters have made 1 million contributions online to our campaign. It’s a stretch to reach that goal. Yet I believe that it’s possible to get there if we all come together…
“What they’re not counting on is our political revolution. Let’s show that the number of people and the number of contributions people make is just as important as the money raised from the billionaire class.”
Sanders’ “political revolution” is certainly something that his the support of Washington State Democrats. State Democrats have been pleased with Sanders’ candidacy from the very beginning. Of course, Democrats choose to ignore that Sanders is not, in fact, a Democrat. Sanders refuses to recognize himself as a Democrat and insists he is, first and foremost, a Socialist.
Given the sorry list of Democrat presidential hopefuls, we can’t exactly blame Democrats for embracing Sanders… or his “political revolution.”