Deadlines and fundraising
One of the things I’ve learned in the past five months is how big a role money plays in politics, and in political campaigns.
I’ve heard time and again that I should be spending most of my time raising money. I should be calling people. I should be calling lobbyists. I should be calling various groups, and I should introduce myself, talk about some of the issues, and ask them to support me with a financial contribution.
I get it. I do. I also get that no one likes asking for money. I’ve heard stories about other politicians, names you’d know right away, who had to be coerced, forced and even somewhat locked up to get them to make their fundraising calls. When I asked why, if it’s so difficult for people to do this, do we continue the practice, I’m basically told that’s just how it is.
And that’s true.
It’s also true that this reluctance to ask for help is a stubborn trait of mine that’s probably rooted in some sense of pride or self-reliance that I likely ought to shed. Because the other side of the fundraising coin, I’ve been told, is that people want to invest in a better government, and when they invest in a campaign like mine, that’s the easiest and surest way they can help.
I’ll admit that I haven’t worked the fundraising calls like I should. I’ve held a few events, and I’ve called a few people, but my fear and reluctance push me to find alternative ways to raise money. But now that we’re in the middle of December, that’s going to have to change.
My first campaign finance report is due in early January, and it will make a statement, good or bad. If it’s robust, with a healthy balance funded by a lot of people like you, it will say that I have broad support and that I’ll be difficult to beat in next year’s election. If my report shows a thin balance, it will be a signal to would-be challengers that I’m vulnerable and that the 102nd District can be captured by someone with deeper pockets.
Today, I’m pushing out a video, putting up this blog post and sending out fundraising letters. In the coming weeks, I’ll be going through a list of potential donors to ask for help. I really want to enter the session – when fundraising is restricted to individual donations – with confidence that my campaign account is secure for the 2018 election. I want to put all of my energy into creating good policy for the people of Kansas.
If you can, I’m asking you to support my campaign today and help show there’s broad support for my campaign, and the idea that we can put people first in government. There are a number of ways you can contribute. You can mail a check to Probst for Progress, Box 3262, Hutchinson, KS 67504. You can donate online at probstforprogress.com/donate. And, if you like to get “stuff” for your donation, we have T-shirts, buttons and cozies for sale at https://probstforprogress.com/probst-for-progress-t-shirts/.
If you’ve already donated to my campaign, know that I truly appreciate it. Your contribution helps us pay for the materials we’ll need to be successful in 2018. And I want to be successful because I don’t think there’s another candidate out there who will care more for this community or work harder than I will to create the sort of policy that will move our state and community forward.
Truly, I’m grateful for your support.
Paid for by Probst for Progress, Erin Swearer, Treasurer