Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Thanks to YOU, We Did It Again! (FEC Update)

Hello, AZ Democrats! For those of you keeping score at home, here’s the latest stats:
 If this isn’t one of the emails you have already discarded or left unread, then you will be happy to see that last night the Mikel Weisser for US Congress has again filed our FEC quarterly paperwork in a timely manner. With a call time rate of less than 2 hours per week on average we still raised nearly $5000 for a total of $23,000 (including last year’s funds and 1st quarter fundraising), nearly 5 times the amount we raised in the whole 2012 cycle. I know that is small change in the range of most campaigns, but look at the big change your money buying. I promise to remember that working w the Democratic Party and the people of AZ is about a whole lot more than holing up in a room making deals w corporate interests in exchange for campaign $$$.
Some note worthy bits of trivia to give you an idea of how far even a few dollars can travel:
For those of you who have commented on how much I travel, after careful analysis, it turns out, you’re right! So far in the 1st quarter of 2014 our campaign has made 115 appearances on 35 out of town trips from our office in So-Hi, & been away from the home office 70 of the 90 days of the first three months of the year. I had to drive over 12000 miles to do this and spend the night 59 times in 12 different cities at the homes of 16 different supporters & be lovingly slobbered on by 32 supporter-dogs.
(It gives a whole new meaning to the term “PAC,” lol; but it also reminds us that while corporate bucks can buy a hotel room; they can’t buy the love and trust it takes for another person, or their pet for that matter, to open their heart and home to you.)
Now spring’s here, the campaign is shifting into petitioning mode, and already collected 100s signatures, not just for me; but for Democratic statewide & legislative candidates across the district. As well as assisting 5 statewide candidates’ campaigns with their rural outreach, our “Congressional ‘kinda-coordinated’ district-wide campaign” is currently working canvassing drives & PC training w 4 separate county party offices, consulting in 6 legislative districts w 9 legislative candidates, thus directly shaping the statehouse races of over one & a half million Arizonans, We’re even providing coaching for two additional candidates that aren’t in the district, but reached out for help. I know what it’s like to reach for help and so I offer what I can.
Along the way, we’ve also “lit-dropped” over 8,000 pieces of party campaign literature, sent out 346 emails and posted 11 new blogs (to go w the 52 others from 2012 & 2013) which have been viewed 11,617 times (as of 1:14 am 4/16/14). I do not wish to calculate the number of phone calls I’ve made or smiles I’ve shared, or Dems I’ve inspired; but I can happily count the number of right-wingers I’ve pissed off as ticking off in the tens of thousands and growing every day. Three times, last week alone, someone cried on my shoulder while canvassing.
With numbers like that, you can see why I had to send you this fundraising letter. I have to keep the funds coming in, so I can go out and keep doing battle. Our state is moving forward, changing right now, thanks to our work, and that work only happens because of you.  We are having the impact of campaigns that spend five times that much. So far, with next to no money, we have accomplished beyond anyone’s expectations. Just imagine where we could go w your help today--
Help me keep building,

Mikel Weisser
4490 Sundown Dr
So-Hi, AZ 86413

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