Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Hicks: Only Eight is Unacceptable

"In 2006, more than 500 Georgia Democrats contributed over $275,000 to the DNC and only 8 of these donors also contributed to the DPG. This is unacceptable." No kidding.

If you are a State Committee member, then you should've gotten this information in an email from Darryl Hicks. Hicks is running for 1st Vice Chair of the DPG. Having run a statewide campaign, he has political experience, plus, as we heard from him-over and over again during the primary-he is a expert in customer service. When the customers are voters, volunteers and donors, those are handy skills. Hicks, who is personable, smart and experienced, can be a valuable part of a leadership team. He has my vote.

Good luck Darryl!

5 comments:

Roxanne Jekot said...

Not a very hard choice.........

Options:
1. Donate to Howard Dean's DNC to support the 50 State Strategy, or

2. Donate to the DPG which refused to implement the 50 State Strategy.....

Amy Morton said...

Yes, and Hicks is saying that we have to make the DPG a viable organization so that those donors will want to contribute. Few argue that it is viable as it stands, and if they do, they need a reality check.

Roxanne Jekot said...

Yeah, I got Hicks' message.......I was just trying to shorten it.

The (Georgia version of) 50 State Strategy, however, is not part of the message we're hearing from these party candidates. That troubles me.

I asked one about it in email.......his answer was "parts of the 50 state strategy should be implemented..."

Tina said...

Most of my donations have gone to candidates that I have met personally. Those of us who have limited funds to contribute are perhaps overly cautious about tossing our mite into the big pot.
:-)

Amy Morton said...

Chris: I'm moving your comment to the front page because it contains good information not generally known. About the 159 County Strategy, my intent, when I was running, was to build relationships and infrastructure, not distribute money to every race. I agree, though others do not, that money or in-kind into a race is an investment that should be made wisely, not simply because someone puts their name on the ballot. So, I don't think that we should trickle a couple of grand into twenty races instead of putting forty in a seat that is winnable. I also think that candidates are primarily responsible for raising their own cash, and that resources from the party or other organizations ought to be available only when candidates have demonstrated the willingness to get on the phone and raise money. But, fundraising is a learned skill, and we, as a party, can do a better job of training candidates to make the ask.

I do think that we can facilitate recruitment,provide training, and provide some technical assistance across races. That said, I think that we can do a better job of creating a 'bench', supporting candidates to get political experience in local races and training candidates, staff and volunteers. Also, as we make this transition, I think that one of the things that has not gotten enough consideration is the potential loss of staff, like Jeff, who understand the complex campaign fianace laws. You are right on the money (no pun intended) when you talk about those issues.