Do you ever get the feeling that you are losing your voice in American politics? I sure do, and this is one of the reasons I am running to defeat Andy Harris. Both President Obama and Senator Sanders were able to finance their runs for office utilizing small donations from everyday Americans. But, if you are like me, you have no doubt received the pay-to-play fundraising appeals that even conscientious politicians are forced to use: Donate $1000 and you can sit at the head table, pay $500 and you can meet with the politician, and $250 will get you on a preferred invitation list so you can be solicited again.
I can tell you that it costs a lot of money to run a campaign, so I am not surprised that big money has infiltrated our political system. It is, however, destroying our very democracy. Lobbying on Capitol Hill is a $3 billion business. $3,000,000,000! What American has the leverage to be heard against that kind of money? It’s an unfair battle: those with the money have the influence. That is why one of the first things I will do if elected to Congress is to co-sponsor John Sarbanes’ (Dem, Maryland 3 rd District) bill, The Government for the People Act (H.R. 20).
This bill will help to give Americans a greater voice in the political process by (1) Providing a $25 My Voice Tax Credit for campaign contributions, (2) Make everyday Americans just as powerful as big donors with a six-to-one match from the Freedom From Influence Fund, as well as give candidates the incentive to seek out small donors, and (3) allow citizen-funded candidates to combat Super PACs and outside groups by earning additional public matching funds within 60 days of an election .
On a personal note, I pledge to NOT be the politician that caters to the wealthy and powerful. I promise to listen to the needs of my constituents, regardless of how they vote or whether they donate money. That is the job of Congress, not to hobnob with elites and kowtow to the interests of their wealthy donors.
Thank you for your continued support.
140 Days to the June 26 Primary
Our team had an amazing week in our campaign to unseat Andy Harris! In big campaign news, I am pleased to announce that I finalized my paperwork with the MD Board of Elections to ensure I am on the ballot come June 26! Few experiences have been so humbling as submitting my name to be placed before the voters of Maryland’s First District for consideration to represent my community in the House of Representatives.
The support I have received so far in this race surpasses anything I could have anticipated. I want to express my gratitude to all of you who have helped our campaign reach this point. We truly could not have done it without you.
Getting on the ballot wasn’t the only thing our team did this week, though. I was delighted to attend an inspirational church service in Preston; a wonderful meet-and-greet in Chester; a lecture by healthcare policy expert Jim Burdick; a fun happy hour with the QA County Dems; and a wonderful event featuring Ben Jealous, hosted by the LSPC.
And, as always, our intrepid volunteers continued calling voters and knocking on doors, doing the truly hard work that helps movements grow.
I have a few busy weeks coming up! I’d love to see you at any of these events:
Saturday, Feb 10: I will start out at the Cambridge Empowerment Center (615 B Pine Street, Cambridge) from 10-11 a.m.
Then I will be leading a team of canvassers beginning at 11:30 at the Cambridge Empowerment Center.
From 2-3 I will be at Gloria Richardson Day at the Dorchester Center for the Arts(321 High Street, Cambridge).
Then I will end my day at Joy Night in celebration of Frederick Douglass at Union Baptist Church (223 Glenwood Ave, Easton) beginning at 6 pm.
Saturday, Feb 17: I will attend the Worcester Indivisible March on the Ocean City Boardwalk beginning at noon.
For the past several weeks, volunteers have met at the Talbot Democratic HQ in Easton to phone bank on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. In the future we will have the opportunity for volunteers to make calls from their homes, but for now, calling from a central location offers a great sense of camaraderie and encouragement for a sometimes-daunting task. Over the next couple of weeks, we will add a location in Salisbury, and then we will add a location in Cecil County.
If this interests you, please contact Felice Scher, (410) 310–5118.
Phone Bank Times:
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6-8 pm
Thursday, Feb. 8, 6-8 pm
Thursday, Feb. 15, 6-8 pm