Jason Kenney, the Executive Director of RedStormPac, is out searching for funds in its effort to “support conservative candidates with an avenue for small dollar donations, organized by committed conservative activists who want to help fellow conservatives utilize the ‘long tail’ of online fundraising.”
Among the many folks who (I presume) will be helping Jason pull in funds, I may be unique (or at least in rare company) in that I myself am a candidate for office this year (see the top of the right-hand column). That said, I do think it would help if more folks were aware of just what RedStormPAC does, from one who knows (namely, me).
Thanks to RedStormPAC, I was able to raise funds within days of my announcement for Supervisor in Spotsylvania County. The account they set up for me (which can be found here, for those who would like to help out my campaign – OUCH! I hate it when I drop hints on my foot!) was responsible for nearly half the funds I raised in the first two months or so of my campaign. Believe me, that makes a difference: the difference between desperately scrounging for money and confidently asking for it, the difference between worrying about getting your initial message out and making the first investments toward victory, the difference between delaying actions for lack of funds and getting to the front porches with material in hand for the voters to remember you better.
RedStormPAC has been a great help to me, as I’m sure it has been to other local and statewide candidates trying to rein in government spending and runaway tax increases (some places – like Spotsylvania, with seventeen tax increases in twenty-two years – are worse than others, but I digress).
One other thing RedStormPAC does is absorb all the processing costs of the donations. When a donor give $100 to a candidate – all $100 goes to the candidate. The internal cost (which may not be much, but it sure isn’t zero) remains just that – internal. It is not passed along to the candidate.
For those of us running, the benefit can add up over time. I can only imagine what the cost does for Jason et al.
So . . . if you happen to have any excess funds (and, ahem, you’ve already maxed out on your contribution to Friends of D.J. McGuire), please send at least some of it RedStormPAC’s way. The tax bill your money would keep from going up may be your own.