Sunday, June 13, 2010

An email from the Georgia LP's very own Jason Pye

From the man himself

Hey guys,

We're about a month away from primaries for the Republicans and Democrats, and we're just a couple weeks away from filing day for our candidates. The "pre-game" for campaign season is almost over.

We've nominated a full slate of statewide candidates. It's great that we have a group of willing individuals to step up to run for office, but they need our help to run serious campaigns.

The fact of the matter is campaigns don't run on unicorns, rainbows and fairy dust. They don't run on gimmicks, at least not for more than a couple weeks. I've been observing, working and consulting for campaigns and candidates for about six years. I'm not saying that I'm an expert, but I have learned a lot. You don't have to be James Carville or Karl Rove to know the basics of campaigning. Those basics are that we need money, time and effort to be successful.

How can we expect a campaign to win, if no one shows up to help the candidates at events, volunteers to work on their campaigns, or gives money to them (or the party for providing the resources)?

Four years ago, the Democratic Party of Georgia sent out a press release bragging about putting a candidate on the ballot in every congressional race in the state. I remember saying, "That's something the Libertarian Party would do... touting an expectation as an accomplishment." We are beyond that now, and it's time that we stop doing the things that people expect from a political party, and we do things that actually make a difference in Georgia politics.

Our candidates need money to purchase yard signs, bumper stickers and other forms of advertising. They need volunteers to make phone calls, canvas neighborhoods, run or build websites, manage social media campaigns (like Twitter and Facebook), and write Letters to the Editor of your local paper talking about our candidates' positions on the issues.

Our candidates need help NOW. Everyone can give something, whether it is time, money or both, but it’s time to step up.

You can donate RIGHT NOW to any of these candidates:

Chuck Donovan - US Senate

John Monds - Governor

David Chastain - Secretary of State

Kira Willis - State School Superintendent

What am I doing to help?

I’m going to raise our candidates $500, either by soliciting donations from friends and acquaintances or by slowly contributing it over time myself. If you don’t have money or the resources to raise money, get involved some other way. But the most important thing is that you're involved.

In Liberty,

Jason Pye
Legislative Director
Libertarian Party of Georgia

P.S. Don't forget about the state party. We are working the hardest I've ever seen. If you aren't a member of the state party, become one. That is why I'm writing you today. I am asking specifically for your help. We need YOUR help to keep up with Democrats and Republicans, your donation or monthly pledge of $25, $50, $100 or even $1000 will help us support these candidates as they take on the candidates from the Big Government Party.

To mail a check, please make it payable to “The Libertarian Party of Georgia” and mail it to:
1776 Peachtree St. NW
715 South Tower
Atlanta, GA 30309

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