U.S. Senate Candidate
- Dear Fellow Libertarian,
I'm writing you to ask you to help me kick off my campaign for U.S.
Senate in Oregon. In this letter, you'll find a quick description of
some of the issues I intend to raise, a link to my web site, and,
yes, a plea for campaign donations.
Before I ask for your help, it's only fair that I tell you what it is
you'd be helping me to do.
I'm running in a race against a well-funded millionaire incumbent and
a Democrat who can expect a lot of money to try to unseat him. You
can expect to see a record in spending, because control of the Senate
will depend on the outcome of a handful of races, and one of them
probably will be this one in Oregon. (See, for example, Richard
Aguirre's Statesman-Journal article at
http://news.statesmanjournal.com/article.cfm?i=40574%20) Gordon Smith
won under 50% of the vote to get elected. Democrats enjoy a
registered voter lead of 39.37% to 35.78% for the GOP (21.92%
unaffiliated, 2.93% "Other").
Yes, it would take a miracle for me to win this race. Miracles
occasionally happen, but this sort of miracle would take a few
million dollars. I'm not planning on a miracle to put us over the
top, I'm planning on hard work - and your help - to get us closer to
But what I can do is beat the margin of difference, garnering us a
lot of positive publicity. I can attract a lot of media attention,
because the fact that I'm in the race could end up being a major
focus of national and state news. I can move us forward a bit. I
could end up with a lot of people asking me why I'm in this race.
I'll tell them that I'm in this race because neither of the major
party candidates wants any limits on government.
I'll tell them that it was Gordon Smith's job to tell John Ashcroft
that he has no business forcing his moral values into the
relationship between Oregonians and their doctors.
I'll tell them that if John Ashcroft and George Bush have decided to
grab power not given them in the Constitution, it is a Senator's job
to defend the Constitution. Gordon Smith took an oath to God to
defend that Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
When the time came, he wasn't even a speed bump.
I'll tell them that I trust Oregonians to live their own lives
peacefully without interference from the federal government.
I'll tell them that corporate welfare is wrong. It is wrong to tax us
and give the money to prop up their political allies. I'll tell them
that Enron got everything it paid for: subsidies to build plants in
India, preferential treatment from state power authorities, even a
few impressive little tricks thrown into the tax code.
I'll quote Paul Gigot: "In case you didn't know it, ethanol is made
by mixing corn with your tax dollars."
I'll tell them that Scottie Pippen is a great basketball player, and
I'm quite willing to pay to watch him play, but that it's wrong to
tax you to give him a $131,000 farm subsidy - and in his case, he
gets the money to NOT GROW ANYTHING. Other recipients? Ted Turner
$176,000. The take for David Rockefeller was $352,000, Rep. Doug Ose
$149,000, Rep. Marion Berry $750,000 and Hancock Mutual Life
Insurance $211,000. That's right; they tax you and me, and give money
to Billionaires, themselves, and Insurance giants. Gordon Smith co-
sponsored this legislation, and voted in favor of it. I'll ask why
he needs me to tell him that this is wrong.
My mission, my job, is to advance the cause of liberty. Every
candidate in the state will benefit from me running a good race. I
hope that I'll be a visible face in this race, and I believe that if
I can get out there, I will bring a lot of new people into the fold.
I can bring in people who are already Libertarians from all political
persuasions. There are people who vote Democrat and Green because
they don't know about us, or have a wrong perception of us. There are
a lot of people who vote Republican because they want limited
government. I'll tell them that we are here, that they can vote
for someone who agrees with them, not someone who will give them
vague reasons why it won't work. Some of them will agree, and vote
for me in this election. Probably many more will hear it, and be more
inclined to vote for us in the future. Either way, we move the ball
I'll do this by talking to people who already agree with us. I've
already spoken at Gun Clubs, Peace Rallies, College political groups,
and NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws)
events. These people all agree with us, but many don't know who we
are. I can stand in front of them, an make a persuasive case for
voting for what they believe in.
When you're online, spread my website address
and email address (danfitz2002@...) widely.
And, finally, my campaign needs money.
I need to buy envelopes (10,000 costs $791), letterhead paper (10,000
costs $725), and pay for a mailing (10,000 costs $800). I'll need
lawn signs (1000 = $1100, one color) business cards (5000 = $307),
and a banner for booths ($70). If I raise enough, I'll buy
commercials on radio. I figure that I need $8000 to get started. My
opponents have millions. I can make a difference - a big difference -
with $8,000. One of the things I'll do with that is expand our fund
raising base, and recruit new members.
But here's where I'm starting, with this letter.
Can you donate $10? If enough people do that, my campaign starts.
Can you do more? $25 donations are going to be the bread & butter of
Can you donate $50 or $100 to this cause? If the Republicans see that
they have to return to their principles because their candidates are
losing, your taxes will go down by more than that. If they're too
thick-headed, then we'll do better and better until we replace them.
Either way, it's a good investment.
Are you blessed enough to donate $250? $500? $1000? Liberty is worth
it. As long as we do better and better each election, we'll
you can donate in one of three ways:
By mail to:
Dan Fitzgerald 2002
820A NW 21st Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97209
Via PayPal to:
Or online at:
Thank you for your time, and if you have any questions, comments, or
suggestions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
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