Put Burner Over the Top
Wouldn’t it be nice if we had publicly financed campaigns? Wouldn’t it be great if a candidate’s perceived chances weren’t so wrapped up in her ability to raise money? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the national Dems didn’t use fundraising as their only yardstick when measuring a candidate’s local support?
Yeah, that would all be great. Swell. And let’s work toward making publicly financed campaigns a reality. In the meantime, though, let’s be realistic. The national Dems are paying attention to Darcy Burner’s race and they’ve got a bunch of money to dump on her—provided she raises $320,000. By tomorrow. Burner has already raised $281,000, and if she can pull in the remaining 39K by tomorrow she’ll likely get $250,000 in new funds from the national Dems.
Burner is running in Washington’s 8th District against first-term Republican Dave Reichert. Her race is one of only a handful of truly competitive U.S. House races in the country. If Dems, progressives, and liberals are serious about grabbing some real power in D.C. and finally holding the Bush administration accountable, then we have to get serious about opening our checkbooks and supporting candidates like Darcy Burner. (You can learn more about her by reading Eli Sander’s recent profile of Burner.)
You can make a contribution by visiting Burner’s website, or you can phone in a donation by calling 425.454.0402. We can do this—yesterday Burner raised $20K. We can put her over the top today.
If you’ve been thinking about making a donation, do it right now. I already contributed $250 and I’m going to call right now and contribute another $100. You don’t have to give that much—small donations don’t just represent money in the bank, they’re also a measure of a candidate’s grass-roots support. Give what you can and help end the GOP’s stranglehold on our national government.