This is just the view of one guy, and may not reflect reality, but this is an alert: I’m starting to see requests for funding from new groups. This is, of course, my own fault: I have donated to political campaigns in the past, and of course the mechanisms whereby a new group can get mailing lists insure that my name is “out there”. (FB has it’s own ways, I’m sure you know.) Last election cycle I was disturbed by the call from unknown groups for money. I’m sure I will see the same this year. But I do want to hear if y’all are seeing/feeling the same. Here is a message I sent to this group and to Propublica in 2022:
This is probably not something major, but it bothers me. As a donor of small amounts to various candidates, my email is being swamped by requests, dire needs, etc. Nothing new, except…. Here is the text of an email I sent to Hannah Howell of the Texas (where I am) Democrats, Sept 28, 2022 (I did not hear back):
I don’t mind getting email requests from candidates I support. But what bothers me is the torrent of requests I get from PACs I have no connection with: Future Democrats, MarchOn, Elect Southern Dems, EndCitizensUnited, etc. And it bothers me that after I unsubscribed from a couple of mailing lists, I started to get requests from PACs that hadn’t asked before.
I seems to me that a fund-raising entity can be non-fraudulent and still be a vehicle for diminishing donations.
I unsubscribed from some of those email lists, and now (and not before) I daily get multiple email requests from Voter Protection Project. Earlier, I did a bit of research and found that yes, candidates did report receiving funds from a couple of those entities. So maybe these aren’t fraudulent siphons. But maybe these are simple parasites, funding a small office, an income for someone. Maybe the appearance of new solicitors after old ones are blocked is just via algorithm from a typical email service.
I just worry that this is a coordinated effort to distract the less savvy donor from donating to sites more directly benefitting who they want to fund. I did not check if funds are handed off in a timely manner (I wouldn’t know how). And I wonder if the deluge is meant to get me to leave all requests behind—fatigue.
I know some of the groups mentioned above have worthy goals I support. However, I tell myself that the best way for us to advance those goals is through supporting candidates who are most likely to be sympathetic. ( I don't see TV ads, and I can't trust that online ads are seen by the general public and not just fed to liberals via an algorithm. So I could be underestimating the contribution of some groups to the election effort. Let us know.)
Donate where your money will do the most good.
Author: D.A. Brock, member ECDP