A Final Plea for the Power Line Picks

If you have donated to political campaigns in the past, you, like me, are probably getting 100 to 200 emails a day, asking for money. One difference may be that I get them from both parties. I once contributed $3 to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in the name of “Illegal Contributor,” residence, Stillwater Prison, just to show how easy the Obama campaign made it to donate illegally. Now I get pretty much all the Democratic Party fundraising emails. WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU! That’s what my good friends Nancy, Barack and Joe have told me repeatedly. Unfortunately, it isn’t true.

But here’s what is true: the Republican Party, and the conservative movement, can’t do it without you. The Democrats have a vast, built-in fundraising apparatus. Public employee unions steal money, in effect, from people who don’t want to belong to them and certainly don’t want to contribute to Democrats. No matter. The money goes to Democrats anyway. (This is the only real campaign finance scandal, but that is a topic for another day.) On top of that, “green” energy scammers and other rent seekers like the detestable Warren Buffett, who makes many millions by blocking pipeline construction, line the Democrats’ coffers. The result, this year, is that the Democrats have outspent us by $40 to $50 million.

That happens every election cycle. For better or worse, people like us–people who aren’t rich–are the backbone of the conservative movement. Yes, Charles and David Koch, and a handful of other wealthy conservatives, do yeoman service for the cause, and deserve all possible praise. But they are vastly outnumbered and outspent by rich liberals. We–not the rich, but the prosperous–have to step into the gap, or conservative candidates will go down to defeat because they can’t get their message out to anywhere near the same extent as the corruptly-funded Democrats.

Tom Cotton

Tom Cotton

So please, please contribute. Early in this year’s cycle, we identified six candidates from around the country, two in the Senate and four in the House, who are 1) conservative, 2) electable, and 3) locked in foreseeably tight races. With hindsight, they were great choices. The Democrats are pouring more money into the Arkansas Senate race than any contest in the country, hoping to keep our friend Tom Cotton out of the Senate. Even if you can only contribute $20, PLEASE go here and help Tom out.

Joni Ernst

Joni Ernst

Our choice of Joni Ernst was prescient, too. She is running a great campaign, and her opponent has exposed himself as an elitist fool. But the race is still neck and neck, because the Democrats have so much money. You can support Joni Ernst’s campaign here.

Mia Love

Mia Love

We focused in large part on the House rather than the Senate because the amounts spent on Senate campaigns are so vast that it is hard to make a difference. In the House, Mia Love almost won two years ago and is a good bet to get over the top this year. Mia is a conservative firebrand who will be a great addition to the Republican delegation. You can support her here.

Alex Mooney

Alex Mooney

Alex Mooney is a friend of Paul’s and a Dartmouth guy, too–he was once the president of the Dartmouth Coalition for Life–who has a real chance to win. He is a solid conservative. You can contribute to his campaign here.

Stewart Mills

Stewart Mills

My friend Stewart Mills is threatening to take Minnesota’s Iron Range away from the Democrats. His opponent is a generic Democratic retread, and Stewart took a lead in the early polls. The Democrats have responded by spending millions to defeat Mills, including a series of commercials that focus on Stewart’s long hair. Seriously. That, plus, he works in his family’s successful business. We can’t have successful people in Congress! That, apparently, is the Democrats’ position. You can go here to support Stewart Mills.

Elise Stefanik

Elise Stefanik

We don’t know Elise Stefanik personally, but she is a great example of a new generation Republican. If elected, and right now, she is ahead, she may be the youngest member of Congress. Smart, business-savvy and conservative, Elise is the sort of Republican we need to turn back the left-wing tide. You can support her here.

There are many more good conservative candidates, Torrey Westrom and Marilinda Garcia, to name just two. Or maybe you would rather just support your local Republican candidate, especially if you live in a swing district. That’s great. The point is: the rich liberals will swamp us with their raw cash if we–not the rich, but the prosperous–don’t step up to the plate.

This is about the last time when you can contribute to a campaign and still make a difference. After today, it is rapidly becoming too late. So please do what you can to help conservative candidates. This shapes up as an excellent year for the conservative movement, but only if you help make it happen. Seriously.

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