Money in Politics

When I feel discouraged

Campaigning is tough--physically, mentally and emotionally. And this was a hard week.

The most recent campaign finance filings came out, and we were out-raised by our opponent. Yup, she raked in $17,572 in June, compared to our $13,642.

Now, it's frustrating to be out-raised. But what makes me fighting mad is that 100% of her money came from corporations and PACs. Not a single individual person made a contribution to her campaign fund.

Her donors are big corporations that throw money to long-serving incumbents--not because they support her policies or believe she is doing a good job--but because it greases the wheels of politics.

Don't get me wrong, we made a good showing. More than 90 people made an individual contribution to our campaign during the month of June, including 75 people who made small-dollar contributions of less than $100.

That's what politics is supposed to look like--campaigns powered by grassroots support, with real people chipping in to rally behind a candidate who will fight for them.

We have got to elect people who understand that big corporate money in politics is killing our democracy and drowning out the will of the people.

To change Virginia's campaign finance laws, we must first win this election. Will you be part of this fight by making a campaign contribution of $10, $20, $50or $100?

Make Your Donation Now

We have 16 weeks to go until the election. If each person on this mailing list donates $5/week, we could raise more than $96,000. That would be less than half of what our opponent has in the bank, but it would cover our two major expenses (paying our staff a living wage and printing/postage costs). Every little bit helps, and we are so appreciative of your generosity!

Thank you,

Individuals vs. Corporations - Who "Owns" a Politician

I was looking at the public fundraising numbers, and my opponent has raised more than $94,000 this year. But only 1% has come from individuals -- the rest has come from corporations and "other" sources. That's insurance companies, payday lenders, tobacco companies, and Dominion Energy sending thousands of dollars straight into her campaign coffers.

That's a striking contrast to this campaign, where 100% of our campaign funding has come from individuals, including more than $28,000 that we've raised from small dollar donors (those giving less than $100).

Our next fundraising deadline is midnight on Sunday -- less than three days away. Please consider supporting our campaign with a contribution of $10, $20, $50 or $100.

Make Your Donation Now

It seems like every politician says that "it's up to you" but in our case, it's really true. We are counting on you to help us win this election.

And when we do, I'll be directly accountable to you -- not a list of corporations.

Thank you!

Grassroots Support Wins Elections

Yesterday I talked with another Democratic candidate from a neighboring district. I love these conversations, because it gives me a chance to compare notes, share successes and commiserate on challenges.

Our talk turned to fundraising -- specifically, the incredible pressure on candidates to raise money every campaign finance reporting period (which vary from 1-3 months, depending on the time of year.)

The most recent reporting deadline was last night at 11:59pm. And we did great! We're still tallying up the numbers, which will be publicly reported next week, but we're very satisfied with our totals.

That said, the next reporting period begins today. Can you help me get off to a great start by making a contribution of $10, $20, $50 or $100 this week?

Make Your Donation Now

The more we raise now, the more flexibility we have in getting our message out -- snail mail, email, billboards, social media commercials, postcards, radio spots, yard signs, oh my! All of it takes an investment of campaign staff time and money.

And here's the most important part: getting a head start in our fundraising now frees up more of my time to get out in the district, talking directly with voters. There is so much I want to hear from them -- and your contribution (of any size) helps me do just that. So THANK YOU!

With optimism,
Jennifer Woofter