Mother’s Milk

14 Oct

“Money is the mother’s milk of politics.”

It was Jesse Marvin Unruh (September 30, 1922 – August 4, 1987) who coined it. Also known as Big Daddy Unruh, he was a prominent U.S. Democratic politician and the California State Treasurer.

Big Daddy was right on. Without money you don’t get elected. Although there have been a few rare exceptions – mostly in small local races – it takes wads of money. TV ads and 4-color brochures are expensive.

On lobbyists – “If you can’t eat their food, drink their booze, screw their women and then vote against them, you have no business being up here.”

Big Daddy again. When you first read it, it’s a bit offensive. Then you start to realize it’s true. How many people in Congress have been caught with their hands in someone else’s cookie jar, flying to a golf weekend on a lobbyists private plane, junkets paid for by companies the government regulates and partaking of escort services funded by someone. 

Some sanity: Bob Dylan, “Money doesn’t talk, it swears”.

In Hawaii, people running for office love to talk about their grass roots campaigns. While big national corporations don’t usually throw much money at a local race, the local companies do. Especially if they think a person will win. Construction companies are big when it comes to donations. After all, government contracts can be much of their business.

Hawaii’s Congressional candidates are in a different league. Seen as a small back-water state whose Congressional officials don’t throw much weight (don’t think Dan Inouye on this one), the mega-national corporations don’t give much mother’s milk to our politicians. Hence, the begging by email. Yesterday it was the President robo-calling for support for Colleen Hanabusa. Today it’s the Vice-President emailing to ask people to get their checkbooks out.

You can make a huge difference this November today. With the Election less than three weeks away, acting today will have a direct impact on Election Day. The next 7 days are critical for our campaigns to get out their positive message of progress and to fight back against a barrage of attack ads. With final ad buys being purchased now, Democratic candidate Colleen Hanabusa needs to raise $10,000 before tomorrow’s deadline.

Notice the use of lots of action verbs? This is an EMERGENCY! Let us continue…

This means that we have to act now. We can’t let a single one of these attacks go unanswered and we need every one of you in the game. Every dollar you give goes right back out the door to help her fight back. Even a gift of just $5 could mean the difference between victory and defeat.  Contribute $5, $10 or more before Midnight Tomorrow so that Colleen Hanabusa will have the rapid response funds she needs before the deadline for next week’s ad buys. Even a gift of just $5 could mean the difference between victory and defeat.

You’re kidding Joe. Really? $5 would save the day?

Mother’s Milk indeed.

One Response to “Mother’s Milk”

  1. Outsidelookingin October 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    My email mailbox is clogged with campaign donation requests. I ignored them until the last week of the Primary when my candidate sounded the alarm that more funds were urgently needed. I took the bait and sent in a donation and he won in a landslide. Should have held off until there was a real need…like now.

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