I received an e-mail yesterday from the Republican Party of Iowa.  It for some reason was filtered by my spam guard so I didn’t read it until today.  It was all good until I got to the following section in the e-mail about the 2009 Package Plan Memberships.

I don’t have any problem with events being included, because being involved in fundraising myself for the ministry I serve – I know events cost money.  Lapel pins, I can see that too – branding, again costs money.  Getting recognition, no problem.

What rubbed me the wrong way is the “exclusive opportunities to meet with top Republican leaders” which won’t happen until you donate at least $1000, $5000 if you want “exclusive opportunities” with America’s Republican leaders.  You won’t get personal updates/communication with Iowa’s top Republican leaders unless you donate at least $5000.

That’s great if you have it.  I just wonder how many opportunities will party faithful get to meet with their leadership if they can’t afford that or contribute in other ways.  There has been much talk about focusing on grassroots efforts, and this seems to run counter to that in my mind.

I know this is has been the S.O.P. for fundraising in politics for quite some time – for all political parties.  I just wonder how this would be received in other fundraising arenas.  Like you’ll only get personal contact from me, as a pastor, if you donate $5000 to my church.

That would be ridiculous wouldn’t it?  Why is it ok in this venue?  Why should only the wealthy have access?  Does this seem elitist to you?  Maybe I’m just being petty because I’m not one with means.  Whatever the case, it touched a nerve.  I sent them an e-mail reply, but since I didn’t donate I’m not expecting to hear back.

25 comments
  1. I oppose such fundraisers and always e-mail them or snail mail them back with strongly worded warnings to keep me off their lists if that is what I have to pay to meet people I work for to get elected. If we work to get them elected, we deserve by right to gain audience with them no matter how they feel about it.

  2. I oppose such fundraisers and always e-mail them or snail mail them back with strongly worded warnings to keep me off their lists if that is what I have to pay to meet people I work for to get elected. If we work to get them elected, we deserve by right to gain audience with them no matter how they feel about it.

  3. Let me see if I have this right – people we elect to public service positions can only be met by the well-heeled, and you wonder is this elitist? Naah – we get the best politicians money can buy that way, don’t we? (tongue planted firmly in cheek, eyebrow arched…you get the picture)

    Ricks last blog post..Bella

  4. Let me see if I have this right – people we elect to public service positions can only be met by the well-heeled, and you wonder is this elitist? Naah – we get the best politicians money can buy that way, don’t we? (tongue planted firmly in cheek, eyebrow arched…you get the picture)

    Ricks last blog post..Bella

  5. I think two “forces” are at work here…

    1. The “old guard” of the Republican Party WANTING to keep the upper echelon (which translates into them) in power as they feel it “slipping away” with all us grassroots rebels out here.

    2. They are feeling the pinch of those of us halting our giving and their revenue streams are already drying up.

    So…

    Here we go. Continue to get our messages out that if they don’t get responsive to those of us who made them powerful in the first place they will see that the only way off a pedestal is down. (I do speak from firsthand experience on that one.)

    Thanks for the info!

  6. I think two “forces” are at work here…

    1. The “old guard” of the Republican Party WANTING to keep the upper echelon (which translates into them) in power as they feel it “slipping away” with all us grassroots rebels out here.

    2. They are feeling the pinch of those of us halting our giving and their revenue streams are already drying up.

    So…

    Here we go. Continue to get our messages out that if they don’t get responsive to those of us who made them powerful in the first place they will see that the only way off a pedestal is down. (I do speak from firsthand experience on that one.)

    Thanks for the info!

  7. I think two “forces” are at work here…

    1. The “old guard” of the Republican Party WANTING to keep the upper echelon (which translates into them) in power as they feel it “slipping away” with all us grassroots rebels out here.

    2. They are feeling the pinch of those of us halting our giving and their revenue streams are already drying up.

    So…

    Here we go. Continue to get our messages out that if they don’t get responsive to those of us who made them powerful in the first place they will see that the only way off a pedestal is down. (I do speak from firsthand experience on that one.)

    Thanks for the info!

  8. I have been involved in Republican Party politic for decades. I have not always been in a position to write big checks. I do however
    contribute my time generously, and that also gets you access.

  9. I have been involved in Republican Party politic for decades. I have not always been in a position to write big checks. I do however
    contribute my time generously, and that also gets you access.

  10. I have been involved in Republican Party politic for decades. I have not always been in a position to write big checks. I do however
    contribute my time generously, and that also gets you access.

  11. Not thrilled about even coming to your site, let alone giving you my email address, but thought you could be a little better informed if this post isn’t meant strictly to be another overly dramatic attempt to incite.
    Listen to stephanie. Big donations may guarantee access to candidates, but access isn’t limited to big donors. And I can assure you from personal experience that no candidate I’m familiar with pays that much more attention to the big money folks than they do to the average joe, at least at events. Giving time and spririt to a candidate has enormous influence, and certainly more than being a thorn in their side or more mouth than action does. And no, being an evangelical minister probably doesn’t count towards volunteering for a political cause.

  12. Not thrilled about even coming to your site, let alone giving you my email address, but thought you could be a little better informed if this post isn’t meant strictly to be another overly dramatic attempt to incite.
    Listen to stephanie. Big donations may guarantee access to candidates, but access isn’t limited to big donors. And I can assure you from personal experience that no candidate I’m familiar with pays that much more attention to the big money folks than they do to the average joe, at least at events. Giving time and spririt to a candidate has enormous influence, and certainly more than being a thorn in their side or more mouth than action does. And no, being an evangelical minister probably doesn’t count towards volunteering for a political cause.

  13. Not thrilled about even coming to your site, let alone giving you my email address, but thought you could be a little better informed if this post isn’t meant strictly to be another overly dramatic attempt to incite.
    Listen to stephanie. Big donations may guarantee access to candidates, but access isn’t limited to big donors. And I can assure you from personal experience that no candidate I’m familiar with pays that much more attention to the big money folks than they do to the average joe, at least at events. Giving time and spririt to a candidate has enormous influence, and certainly more than being a thorn in their side or more mouth than action does. And no, being an evangelical minister probably doesn’t count towards volunteering for a political cause.

  14. Not thrilled about even coming to your site, let alone giving you my email address, but thought you could be a little better informed if this post isn’t meant strictly to be another overly dramatic attempt to incite.
    Listen to stephanie. Big donations may guarantee access to candidates, but access isn’t limited to big donors. And I can assure you from personal experience that no candidate I’m familiar with pays that much more attention to the big money folks than they do to the average joe, at least at events. Giving time and spririt to a candidate has enormous influence, and certainly more than being a thorn in their side or more mouth than action does. And no, being an evangelical minister probably doesn’t count towards volunteering for a political cause.

  15. @Amanda – thanks, I was joking about that.

    @Micheal – the fundraising letters & e-mails don’t bother me – just listing of “perks”. I know they have to raise money to operate, as well as, to give to campaigns. I’d rather donate directly to the campaign I most believe in anyway.

    @Rick – Yes we do 😉

    @Andy – it would, wouldn’t it. You know I am sure that there are some churches and ministries that do operate that way and completely forget (ignore) what James 2 says.

    @Stephanie – good point, and I try to volunteer as much as I can. But I haven’t seen it get you the type access that I see listed here. I don’t mean to imply that you don’t get any access at all. Living in Iowa I’ve been fortunate to see President Bush on a number of occassions, and I got to shake Laura Bush’s hand because I volunteered at an event that allowed me to be seated in the front. I also was able to meet Mike Huckabee on the fourth event that I attended with him, and my blogging in support of him opened up that door. None of those were “exclusive” though and I really didn’t get a chance to talk to him.

    @Aquariman – then don’t come and do you know what I do with e-mail addresses? Ignore them and do nothing. I realize that volunteering with a particular campaign will get you access (and I do when I can). I just don’t like the wording and the message that the e-mail sent.

  16. @Amanda – thanks, I was joking about that.

    @Micheal – the fundraising letters & e-mails don’t bother me – just listing of “perks”. I know they have to raise money to operate, as well as, to give to campaigns. I’d rather donate directly to the campaign I most believe in anyway.

    @Rick – Yes we do 😉

    @Andy – it would, wouldn’t it. You know I am sure that there are some churches and ministries that do operate that way and completely forget (ignore) what James 2 says.

    @Stephanie – good point, and I try to volunteer as much as I can. But I haven’t seen it get you the type access that I see listed here. I don’t mean to imply that you don’t get any access at all. Living in Iowa I’ve been fortunate to see President Bush on a number of occassions, and I got to shake Laura Bush’s hand because I volunteered at an event that allowed me to be seated in the front. I also was able to meet Mike Huckabee on the fourth event that I attended with him, and my blogging in support of him opened up that door. None of those were “exclusive” though and I really didn’t get a chance to talk to him.

    @Aquariman – then don’t come and do you know what I do with e-mail addresses? Ignore them and do nothing. I realize that volunteering with a particular campaign will get you access (and I do when I can). I just don’t like the wording and the message that the e-mail sent.

  17. @Amanda – thanks, I was joking about that.

    @Micheal – the fundraising letters & e-mails don’t bother me – just listing of “perks”. I know they have to raise money to operate, as well as, to give to campaigns. I’d rather donate directly to the campaign I most believe in anyway.

    @Rick – Yes we do 😉

    @Andy – it would, wouldn’t it. You know I am sure that there are some churches and ministries that do operate that way and completely forget (ignore) what James 2 says.

    @Stephanie – good point, and I try to volunteer as much as I can. But I haven’t seen it get you the type access that I see listed here. I don’t mean to imply that you don’t get any access at all. Living in Iowa I’ve been fortunate to see President Bush on a number of occassions, and I got to shake Laura Bush’s hand because I volunteered at an event that allowed me to be seated in the front. I also was able to meet Mike Huckabee on the fourth event that I attended with him, and my blogging in support of him opened up that door. None of those were “exclusive” though and I really didn’t get a chance to talk to him.

    @Aquariman – then don’t come and do you know what I do with e-mail addresses? Ignore them and do nothing. I realize that volunteering with a particular campaign will get you access (and I do when I can). I just don’t like the wording and the message that the e-mail sent.

  18. @Amanda – thanks, I was joking about that.

    @Micheal – the fundraising letters & e-mails don’t bother me – just listing of “perks”. I know they have to raise money to operate, as well as, to give to campaigns. I’d rather donate directly to the campaign I most believe in anyway.

    @Rick – Yes we do 😉

    @Andy – it would, wouldn’t it. You know I am sure that there are some churches and ministries that do operate that way and completely forget (ignore) what James 2 says.

    @Stephanie – good point, and I try to volunteer as much as I can. But I haven’t seen it get you the type access that I see listed here. I don’t mean to imply that you don’t get any access at all. Living in Iowa I’ve been fortunate to see President Bush on a number of occassions, and I got to shake Laura Bush’s hand because I volunteered at an event that allowed me to be seated in the front. I also was able to meet Mike Huckabee on the fourth event that I attended with him, and my blogging in support of him opened up that door. None of those were “exclusive” though and I really didn’t get a chance to talk to him.

    @Aquariman – then don’t come and do you know what I do with e-mail addresses? Ignore them and do nothing. I realize that volunteering with a particular campaign will get you access (and I do when I can). I just don’t like the wording and the message that the e-mail sent.

  19. Shane,
    Dude, you rate higher on the pecking order than me…(LOL)… I didn’t even get an email from the RPI asking for any donation for any perks… OH WELL, ehh. I doubt that I’d send any in to them anyways, even if I had an extra $350 to $5000 to throw away.
    In my mind, We the People, need to begin the process to take back the party as well the congress… both here in Iowa and in DC… if this Nation is going to survive the… Spend 1st… Worry about Paying For Later… mentality going on NOW… in Iowa and the USA.
    I’ve never been political before this election cylce but now an getting active on the Net and by calling and knocking on doors locally for the party…. though I am very unimpressed and kinda pissed by what has gone on this last cycle. It seems to me that most things stay the same…. just different people in different years…. It has to change…”from the ground up” and We the People need to change it.
    God Bless you Shane, for helping do your part.

  20. Shane,
    Dude, you rate higher on the pecking order than me…(LOL)… I didn’t even get an email from the RPI asking for any donation for any perks… OH WELL, ehh. I doubt that I’d send any in to them anyways, even if I had an extra $350 to $5000 to throw away.
    In my mind, We the People, need to begin the process to take back the party as well the congress… both here in Iowa and in DC… if this Nation is going to survive the… Spend 1st… Worry about Paying For Later… mentality going on NOW… in Iowa and the USA.
    I’ve never been political before this election cylce but now an getting active on the Net and by calling and knocking on doors locally for the party…. though I am very unimpressed and kinda pissed by what has gone on this last cycle. It seems to me that most things stay the same…. just different people in different years…. It has to change…”from the ground up” and We the People need to change it.
    God Bless you Shane, for helping do your part.

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