First batch of candidates (donation offer)

I'm more about contributing time and effort than money, and won't try
to match Mike Denny's generosity. However I think his idea about
sharing campaign information among ourselves is an excellent one, and I
was actually thinking about something similar before I read his post.

  Consequently, I'll give $20 to any LPSF candidate who gets on the
ballot and promises to create a simple log to keep track of the money
he raises and to share the information at our meeting after next
November's election (if not more frequently during the campaign).

  Candidates, this means listing your donors, the amount given by each
(including any cases where a donor chooses to be listed as "Anonymous")
along with a brief note about how each donation was attained (e.g. via
the LPSF list after someone heard you were facing a huge filing fee,
from a personal friend who found out you were running, from some
stranger who came up to you after a debate and handed you a check
because she liked what you said, etc.).

  Why this condition? Because I think tracking this info will be helpful
to you in your campaign, and I know sometimes an incentive, even a
small one, can be the little push we need to take that extra step. A
ready list of supporters comes in handy for listing on campaign
literature, contacting people to come to events, or just being able to
tell interviewers or potential donors that "over __ people have already
donated to my campaign." If we all give each other money, even just a
few bucks, every LPSF candidate will be able to boast a decent-sized
donor list. This is why I'm giving money even though I'll be running
for School Board and attempting to raise funds for my campaign. 8) (If
any of you do decide to write me a check, please don't hesitate to
remind me to record it in my own donor log!)

  Also my expectation is that taking the time to do this will pay off
not only for the candidates but for all of us as Mike suggests, by
building institutional memory -- in this case making us more aware of
where our money is coming from and more conscious of potential
opportunities to raise more of it.

  Furthermore I'll offer another $25 to any candidate who agrees to file
paperwork with the city stating the intent to legally spend over $1000
on his campaign. (Naturally this means committing to a sincere attempt
to raise the money!) Anybody willing to take that plunge certainly
deserves some additional support. Now if you want to be a big spender,
all you'll need is 39 more people willing to give the same amount, and
you're in business. 8)

Yours in liberty,
              <<< Starchild >>>

Is that $990 each?

I'll start by giving each candidate $100. There'll be more as the
campaigns get going. By the way, we may want to start standardizing the
materials to create some "institutional memory" as the City Hall Unions
so like to say. After all, my hand-out was what Tony Hall used. Sarosh
so graciously helped me get it together. I'd be happy to share it and
other materials from my campaign. We should try to store these and our
contact info for races in the future so we don't have to start from
scratch every time. What do you say?


From: Chris1 Maden
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 12:27 AM
Subject: [lpsf-discuss] First batch of candidates

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Dave Rhodes for State Senate (3), Chris Maden for State Assembly (12),
Jonathan Marvin for State Assembly (13) all filed their declarations of
intent today at San Francisco City Hall.

We were all short of the signatures needed to completely waive the $990
filing fee. Contributions are welcome at this time. (-:

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