Unlike state campaigns affiliated with a political party, a grassroots independent campaign like mine is not a huge machine churning in millions of dollars each week, nor is it heavily funded by a party. My campaign is run mostly by volunteers doing a variety of jobs; from signature gathering, to hosting in-home parties, to calling voters in the community. Most of the funding for Chase for Colorado comes from my own personal asks to a monthly email request.
Your next question may be: “where do those campaign donations go?”. Well, they go to a number of crucial channels. Donations make purchasing banners and t-shirts for volunteers to use during community events like parades and festivals possible. They go to printing for required petitions and to the talents of local graphic designers and photographers. To get word out about my campaign, these creatives then make ads and social media posts. They buy printed materials, snacks and bottled waters for volunteers at training meetings. Simply put, your donation helps fund my team and by extension, my campaign efforts.
Campaigns like mine do not have budgets in the millions. According to OpenSecrets.Org, the average winning National House candidate had spent $1.3 million through Oct.19, on par with the $1.2 million such a candidate spent over the same period in 2012 and 2014. The numbers rose to $1.5 million and $1.6 million by the end of the 2012 and 2014 cycles, respectively.
While our campaign will spend much less than a hundred thousand dollars, our needs are still great and even your smallest contribution can make a powerful impact. Your help represents the bottom-up effect of community members joining together to make a difference by taking an independent path forward. Sounds an awful lot like Chase for Colorado.
If you would like to help support my campaign and bring common-sense back to the State Legislature, please make a donation on my website today. The smallest contribution can make a major difference.