Friday, August 17, 2012

Close The Gap (From the Jill Stein for President Campaign)

Last week, I told you that we needed to raise $45,000 in one week, and explained why (see message below). We have raised $28,000. We need another $17,000 right now.

We are making incredible progress. Four more states joined the Green surge in the last two days. Iowa. Idaho. Minnesota. Montana. (If you check out our ballot access map (click here) you'll notice how much greener it is, and that there are a few states that we'd given up on that we are giving another shot).

But we won't receive our first matching funds check for another week, at the earliest. That is what the Federal Elections Commission has told us. And our ballot access costs must be paid right now.

This is still a make-or-break moment. We need your donations right now. 

Please pull our remaining states through, get them on the ballot, keep the green surge going and donate now.

    Thank you.


Dear Joshua,

I have some great news for you, which we'll get to in a moment. 

First, a multiple choice question: What is the difference between 45 and 32 ballot lines? 

  (a) Being a serious contender for the presidency vs. running a symbolic campaign.
  (b) Ask voters in states ranging from Virginia to Montana, where we're not yet on the ballot.
  (c) $45,000.
  (d) All of the above.

Yes, (d) All of the above is the correct answer. 

We are all in this together, to bring Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala to voters across the country, so that our message of peace, justice, and democracy is taken up by millions of people this November. 

This week, we secured four more ballot lines! The hard work of volunteers and staff in Kansas, Maryland, Washington, and Wisconsin mean that voters in those states will be able to vote Green. That is great news.

Here is the hard news. We didn't make it in Connecticut or South Dakota. And we are scrambling right now in New Hampshire. 

This is make or break. This week decides everything. And we are nearly out of money.

We need $45,000 right now. Won't you please contribute as much as you can? Click here.

"Out of money," you ask, "how can that be, when we've qualified for federal matching funds?" 

The answer is, that yes, we qualified. But the check, as they say, is not yet in the mail. We've been operating without those funds. And we won't get them in time to pay the urgent expenses for our petition drive in the remaing states.

We really, really need you to make a donation right now. If you've donated before, please donate again. If this your first time, please give as much as you can. 

This is the hot season for getting on the ballot. Unfortunately, it is the cool season for presidential fundraising. We're finding that many people are on vacation right now, either physically or mentally. We know it's August. If you are reading this message, you are the ones we are counting on to put us over the top.

The maximum an individual can donate to the campaign before September 6th is $2500. The first $250 of your donations will be matched with public financing. Every single donation, no matter how small, helps. 

Please. Jill Stein is petitioning today in New Hampshire. Our core campaign team was petitioning yesterday in Wisconsin. Cheri Honkala was out in the heat in Pennsylvania for weeks gathering signatures. We need you to give us the financial support to put the remaining states on the ballot right now:

Thank you.

 ~ Ben Manski
    Jill Stein for President
    Campaign Manager
Please take an immediate step by making a donation:
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PO Box 260217, Madison, WI 53726-0217 

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