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80% of a Senate Candidate’s Time Is Spent Fundraising

80% of a Senate Candidate’s Time Is Spent Fundraising

How much time does a person running for the United States Senate have to devote to fundraising efforts? According to newly leaked strategy documents for Senate-hopeful Michelle Nunn, a whopping 80% of her campaign hours. Nunn, the Democratic candidate for a Georgia Senate seat this November, is expected to raise about $17 million to remain a viable contender.

The documents are a frightening reminder to American citizens about the extent to which cash rules democracy. As much as we’d like to pretend that candidates are spending time getting to know constituents and their concerns, as well as sharing their visions for the future of the country, the vast majority of campaign time is actually spent securing money from rich, private donors.

The strategy memos also get specific about the optimal ways for Nunn to fundraise. She is to contact donors who have already given $1,000 to ask for more money. Meanwhile, for people who have already given the maximum $5,200 donation, Nunn is to ask them to contribute to a separate “victory” fund that kicks back to the general fund of the Democrats.

Furthermore, Nunn is to primarily target eight groups of people to raise money:

  • Known deep-pocketed Democratic donors
  • Georgia CEOs and business execs
  • Tech industry employees
  • Trial lawyers
  • Young professionals
  • National Finance Committee
  • Members of the LGBTQ community
  • Jewish people

As for the majority of Georgia citizens who don’t happen to fit into any of these categories… well, it looks like they won’t be getting much face time with or attention from Nunn.

The good news is that in October, just one month before the election, she was advised to get out there and speak more to her potential constituents – dropping fundraising efforts to just 50% of her time. Through the first half of the year, Nunn has raised $9.2 million, falling just short of her previously established $9.5 million goal for June.

Money isn’t the only thing that stands in Nunn’s way of winning the race. As a Democrat in a firmly red state, Nunn has to find a way to crack through the Republican stronghold and convince voters to give her a chance. Although pundits believe it will be difficult to pull off, given Nunn’s well-known name and community respect, they also say she has the best chance a blue Senate candidate has seen in ages. Thus far, Nunn has stressed that she is a moderate who is willing to work with Republicans. She has also directed modest criticism toward President Barack Obama, a reviled figure in the state of Georgia.

Will Nunn’s chances be damaged by this leak? Probably a little – no one enjoys seeing how the sausage is made. At the same time, however, most voters will likely understand that this is how the system works and other candidates are utilizing similarly calculating schemes to stay competitive and won’t hold it against her too much.

In that sense, the leak is much more damaging to the credibility of our democracy. Seeing in writing just how much emphasis is placed on raising money is certainly alarming. It’s no wonder that elected officials care so much about the interests of rich people and businesses while voting on potential legislation – it’s the only way they can stay in office!

Campaign finance reform now!

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6:29AM PDT on Aug 15, 2014

This is what we've come to, folks. Disgraceful.

10:31PM PDT on Aug 8, 2014

AND, the voters put up with this crap?

11:27AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

6:46AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

Sadly, this is not news to anyone who has been paying attention the past couple of decades.

4:47AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

This is no secret. Nor is it a revelation. It's a crime. And our supposed public servants are all in collusion. Until we remove money from politics we will always have this.

3:11AM PDT on Aug 5, 2014

Thank you.

7:10AM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

Michael- you got one thing right, this isn't and never will be a democracy, it's a republic-
re·pub·lic
noun ri-ˈpə-blik
a country that is governed by elected representatives and by an elected leader (such as a president) rather than by a king or queen
Full Definition of REPUBLIC
1a (1) : a government having a chief of state who is not a monarch and who in modern times is usually a president (2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government
b (1) : a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law (2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government
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80% of a Senate Candidate's Time Is Spent Fundraising
Anne M wrote: Wrong. Cash does not rule a democracy. When cash rules, you have fascism, which is a far cry from a democracy. If it were any other country, it would be accused of bribery and corruption, so why doesn't the US come clean and admit it simply is not a democracy, never was, and never will be? The US already howled about being a democracy when slavery was still legal and the indigenous population was subjected to genocide while women were the property of men. Sorry, but slavery and genocide are simply not components of a democracy -- and nope, neither is such

3:05AM PDT on Aug 4, 2014

Thank you for posting

8:04PM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

Anne M wrote: Wrong. Cash does not rule a democracy. When cash rules, you have fascism, which is a far cry from a democracy. If it were any other country, it would be accused of bribery and corruption, so why doesn't the US come clean and admit it simply is not a democracy, never was, and never will be? The US already howled about being a democracy when slavery was still legal and the indigenous population was subjected to genocide while women were the property of men. Sorry, but slavery and genocide are simply not components of a democracy -- and nope, neither is such blatant bribery. It's high time Americans look up the definition of a democracy.

That was so well said Anne M I had to repost it for people to read and see again for the truth it holds. Thank you so much for your comment.

7:31PM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

What a disgrace.

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