Part Two - Time is Mightier Than the Wad
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Part One - The Wad Droppeth:
Journal Now: "Taylor, an eight-term incumbent, has raised more than $3.6 million for his re-election. Included in this figure is a personal loan Taylor gave to the campaign for more than $2.1 million.
As of Oct. 18, Taylor reported having $136,396 cash on hand.
Democrat Heath Shuler, Taylor's opponent, has raised more than $1.6 million for his campaign and has $336,865 cash on hand for the final weeks."
First of all we'll need to add the $600,000 Taylor loaned to his campaign since this article's publication. Then go ahead and add the $1.2 million spent for Taylor by the NRCC and the $1 million spent on Shuler's behalf by the DCCC. Throw in a few hundred grand on both sides through groups like ALIPAC and the League of Conservation Voters, and you've got some big numbers. Roughly...
Taylor's spent about $4.1 million dollars up to now, and his courtiers have spent about a million and a half.
Shuler's spent about $1.3 million dollars, and has been helped with about $1.3 million more.
That's $5.6 million Taylorbucks vs. $2.6 million Shulerbucks. That's more than 2-1 spending that wouldn't be possible without Taylor's distended wallet. Taylor loves his money, but he loves his power more. He could spend another million (roughly 1.2% of his estimated worth) before the election.
Since launching Scrutiny Hooligans over two years, we've managed to spend not a penny in our efforts. While I've donated to a few political campaigns, most of the rabble we've roused has been cost-free. Today at MoveOn.org's phone banking operation, I was again reminded what democracy on the cheap can do. In two hours I managed to recruit 6 volunteers to contact progressive voters in hot races and tell them to get to the polls. The MoveOn Call for Change campaign is touted as the most effective GOTV tool in the nation, and judging from their success here in Asheville I believe it. While the proof will be in the November 8th pudding, this is one tight ship.
I tell you this to encourage you to combat Taylor's wild spending with your conscientious time. All the poll numbers are leaning in Shuler's favor, but if our voters don't show up, then it's two more years of Chainsaw Ivanovo a.k.a The Lump.
Click here to get involved in the Call for Change campaign. You can do calling from home. MoveOn gives you all the contacts. They're all progressives, so you don't have to argue with anyone. It's just reminding them to get to the polls. Only 37% of registered voters showed up in the last midterm elections.
For all the time you've spent worrying and gnashing your teeth over the malfeasnace of the Republicans in power, throw a fraction to shifting the paradigm.