Unfortunately, even the media that are pro-Bernie can be clueless about his 2020 campaign.
I voted for Bernie in the 2016 primaries and contributed 100 dollars to his campaign.
This was because he was taking a small step in the right direction by focusing more on small contributions which is something that was not offered by other candidates and could change the public perception of the viability of small contributions.
That goal has been accomplished as many candidates in 2018 and for 2020 are focusing on small contributions.
It is now time to take the next step to small donor campaigns instead of small contribution campaigns.
So for 2020, I will not be voting for or contributing to Bernie unless he takes the next step to running a small donor campaign.
I sent Bernie a letter explaining this along with an article (submitted to but not published by Common Dreams) titled “Are you supporting a small donor candidate or a small contribution candidate?” that explains the difference between the two.
It explains how a donor can give a small 50 dollar contribution every week for a year and by this time next year despite averaging 50 dollars per contribution will have contributed a total of 2600 dollars. Not a small donor.
It explains how just 10% of presidential election cycle voters contributing just 100 dollars would total over 1 billion dollars.
It explains how a candidate such as Bernie could make the One Demand commitment to run a small donor campaign by limiting the maximum contribution to his campaign to 200 dollars per donor per campaign (200 primary, 200 general) and still raise enough money to be competitive.
A candidate such as Bernie making this commitment should be able to get 5% of the above mentioned voters to contribute 100 dollars to their campaign for a total of 500 million dollars.
If a candidate making that commitment can’t get 5% of voters to contribute 100 dollars to their campaign they don’t deserve to be president and we don’t deserve to have candidates that do not take big money.
A candidate making this commitment could say that instead of asking for your vote while taking big money now and promising legislation in the the future so they won’t have to take big money in the future they are taking action NOW to EARN vote BEFORE you vote.
A candidate making this commitment could also ask those that can afford to contribute more than 200 dollars to their campaign to use that excess money to instead make small contributions to other candidates that make this commitment for Congress and the Senate, their primary opponents and even from other parties.
The big money interests work across district and state lines so there is no reason that small donors can’t help each other out in the same manner.
This will allow these donors wiht the best intentions to stop unintentionally providing cover for the large donors with nefarious purposes because there will be no large donors to any one of these campaigns. So the large donors with the best of intentions will only be helping those citizens that can only afford to be small donors or can’t afford to be donors at all.
A candidate making this commitment could even make a joint announcement with other candidates that would make this commitment to make it more about changing the system rather than just about an advantage/ difference for their campaign.
Imagine if Bernie, Elizabeth Warren, AOC and a few more candidates that SHOULD be making this commitment all held a joint press conference announcing the new position of their campaigns going forward.
Could the alternate media keep ignoring this then? Even the MSM might have to cover it.
I did get a postcard with the generic “thank you for contacting us” reply from Bernie’s campaign. But there was also a hand written note (unclear who in the campaign wrote it) that said “Thank you for your very interesting essay. It is definitely food for thought.”
So Bernie’s campaign at some level is thinking about this.
Anyone that wants Bernie to take the next step (“Take the Next Step 2020” sounds like a good slogan) can contact Bernie’s campaign, Common Dreams, Norman Solomon and anyone else you can think of (such as Ralph Nader- see petition at Change.org for Ralph to address One Demand) and let them know you think it’s time to take the next step.
And you could also register at www.onedemand.org that you will only vote for small donor candidates in 2020.