There is a story that goes around that at one point Sen. Mitch McConnell was teaching a political science class. As the story goes, McConnell walked to the front of the room and wrote “Money, Money, Money” on the blackboard. He turned to the class and said “Now you know everything you need to know to win an election.”
The Senator and I probably agree on very little, but he did have a point, in any campaign money matters.
I just sent out my first email to people that have signed up to support the Gatewood & Riley 2011 campaign, and yes I talked about money.
Here’s the email:
I would like to introduce myself, I’m Ralph Long and I’ve joined Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley’s team as the campaign manager for this election.
Let me thank you for all the support you have shown Gatewood and Dea. The reason you are getting this email is because we are counting you as one of our supporters. Without people like you this campaign cannot be successful.
Right now we have two major hurtles to get over.
First, we have to get on the ballot and that requires 5,000 signatures from Kentucky voters. I am asking you to print one or more copies of the petition and get and get as many signatures as you can this week, (make sure they are legible, they don’t count if they can’t be read). Then next Monday, mail the petition to the address on the bottom of the form.
Click here to download a printable copy of the petition.
This email is going to over a 1,000 people. If everyone just gets one page of the petition filled out then we are on the ballot.
Second, we need your financial support. Here are the cold hard facts. Steve Beshear has already raised over thee and a half million dollars. David Williams has already raised over $750,000.00. We need your help to get Gatewood and Dea’s message out. Unlike our opponents this campaign is not being funded by corporations and special interests. We are depending on working people to help us get the message out.
I would be overjoyed if everyone that got this message would write a $1000 check to Gatewood. But I know when you are supporting a family that writing a $1,000 check to any political campaign borders on crazy.
So here is what I’m asking you to do, make a contribution of $100. I know this is a lot to ask, one hundred dollars is serious money, but now is the time to act. We need to end the grid lock in Frankfort. If you can’t send $100 please send what you can, every dollar counts.
You can donate online here or download a contribution form and mail you check.
One final request, let me hear from you, your ideas and opinions are important to us. Send me an email at email@example.com and let me know what you are thinking.
When I ran for office I hated to ask people for money. I much preferred to walk in 90 degree heat and 100% humidity and knock on doors than ask people for money.
Now as campaign manager for Gatewood & Riley 2011, I’m shamelessly asking you to click the link above and send a few bucks to the campaign.
If you need a reason to send the money, besides the fact that Gatewood is the only candidate talking about the issues, just look at the performance Williams and Beshear are putting on over Medicaid funding.
Kentucky deserves better. Now is the time for change.