We are approaching the end of the month – and year – which means that email in-boxes are stuffed with last-minute fundraising appeals. Thankfully there is a fundraising freeze on for state officials, or Jay Inslee would be sending three emails a day to try to make up for his lackluster re-election fundraising which Shift reported.
Three that we received were particularly noteworthy for the very small goals set by very large liberal organizations. Either they already have lined up their moneybags for next year (paging Tom Steyer), or they just weren’t very motivated to come up with a purpose worth donating to.
Consider that the State Democrat Party – which Shift reported has already pumped almost a half million dollars to keep Jay Inslee’s re-election campaign out of the red – but is begging donors to “help us close our remaining fundraising gap of $4,866.”
Of course, the Democrats have an anonymous donor who will double whatever is raised, but rest assured that lack of transparency is not a bad thing, “As the only organization in Washington State committed to electing Democrats, I’m relying on you for the tools to win — not dark-money billionaires.”
Evidently, the State Democrats forgot about the millions that dark-money billionaire Tom Steyer has already pumped into the state to elect Democrats.
Another liberal group that has dipped into Steyer’s pockets is the far-left online community organizers at Fuse Washington. Given their lack of success in using Steyer’s money to win any state Senate seats last year, or hold onto the Democrats’ state house seat in the 30th district this year, Fuse has not exactly spent the California billionaire’s money wisely. Those failures have evidently dampened their enthusiasm, given their year end pitch.
“We crunched the numbers and we need to sign up 28 new Fuse Powersource monthly donors by January 1 to hit the ground running in 2016. If we fall short, we’ll be playing catch up to conservatives during this decisive year.”
Fuse must plan on “playing catch up” then, since the $5 per month they ask of their “Powersource” donors will generate $1,680 for thei ambitious goals outlined in their email to create a state income tax in Washington State, jack up the highest-in-the-nation minimum wage, and help Jay Inslee jam through a huge increase in gas prices.
No story about pathetic fundraising emails would be complete without mentioning Congresswoman Suzan DelBene. The multi-millionaire who used her – and her husband’s – wealth to buy her seat in Congress in 2012 (after dropping a few million personal dollars in failing to buy a seat in a different district in 2010) is at it again.
To end the year she is not asking for a specific dollar value though – especially after Shift reported the problems she had with adding up her numbers in recent fundraising pitches. Instead, her team insists that “our year-end public fundraising deadline is only 48 hours away, and we’re 187 donations short of our goal.”
It appears that her team isn’t focused on the money raised, just the numbers of donors. They know that in her races there is only one donor that is really needed – the Congresswoman herself.
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