Fundraising

 

There is no doubt that fundraising is the lifeblood of any organization.  Without financial resources organizations cannot function, especial political organizations.  The biggest challenge facing the Constitution Party is the ability to raise funds.

The question is how do we raise the money needed to operate the National Party?  I have a few ideas.

 

More people

First and foremost, we have need new people.

For years, the Constitution Party has been [to coin a phrase] squeezing blood from turnips.  I am in awe at the financial sacrifices that have been made from the stalwarts of the party.  And I really shouldn’t stop with the treasure, but the time and talent that has been sacrificially given to our great cause.

If we are going to raise the money not only necessary to operate the party, but to win elections, as is our mission, we need people.  It’s time to squeezing those who have been squeezed so many times and start having enough people that “squeezing” is no longer necessary.

 

New technologies

We are now in the 21st century and using the same old methods used in the 20th century is no longer going to cut it.  There are several new technologies that are becoming available that we are going to have to start taking advantage of if we are ever going to have hope of raising the necessary funds to actually start supporting our candidates so they can actually start winning elections.  One of those technologies is the ability to send text messages to cell phones and to target a specific demographics and give a link where they can donate money.

 

Membership sharing (scrapping this idea)

Four years ago I came up with the idea of dues sharing.  It was based on the idea that we implemented here in Illinois between the state and counties.  We have a dues/membership sharing cooperation that helps each other with funding and membership drives.

There were two major problems of implementing that between the state and national:

  1. There is no such thing as a “National Membership.” There are only National Committee Members (to the National Committee) and Delegates (to the National Convention).

  2. Once a state like Illinois becomes an “Established Party” like the Democrats and Republicans, laws dictate what fundraising activities are permitted and it would get quite complicated to try to implement a “dues” sharing plan, especially, if the state weren’t an FEC reporting organization.

 

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