Political Donation Requests/Demands
a FORM LETTER for response to 'bazillions' of requests for money
(2008 Feb blog post)
In the two years leading up to the 2008 Presidential elections --- including 2007 state and federal representative elections --- I have received repeated requests (even demands) for donations, for Democratic Party candidates.
These requests have come from all sorts of organizations --- national organizations, state organizations, and individual candidates.
If the Democrats in Congress actually seemed to be trying to do something useful --- to justify the most generous high salaries and retirement benefits that they have awarded themselves, I might feel inclined to donate periodically.
However, it seems as though 90% of Democratic congress-persons are simply following the directions of lobbyists --- just as about 99% of Republicans do.
Anyway, to make it easier to deal with the repetitive process of responding to requests/demands for donations, here is the text of a form letter that I now may use to respond ... over and over and over again, if need be.
START OF LETTER :
[national organization, state organization, out-of-state organization,
local organization, individual-candidate, whatever]
from whom I received a request for money :
In the past several years (2006-plus), I have received, repeatedly, requests and even demands for donations --- such as notifications that my membership dues are required or are over-due.
I always write on the donation form some verbiage to the effect that I have no intention of giving money to either major party --- nor to any subgroup of candidates of either party --- nor to any individual candidate (with VERY few exceptions). I provide some reasons on each donation form that I return.
I am tiring of repeatedly writing those responses --- especially since my responses are ignored and seem to just trigger the sending of another request/demand for a donation. I need a more efficient and consistent way of responding.
Hence, I have composed this form letter to use for replies to donations.
I want to say here, in one place, that I am totally disgusted with the way 90%-plus of the U.S. Congress is in the hip pocket (wallet) of lobbyists who seem to write most of the laws that the Congress rubber-stamps. Examples: pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, the sugar industry (in all its forms), big farming companies, lumber companies, oil companies, the AxA, where x = M or B, and M = Medical and B = Banking.
With all these sources of funds, why does Congress need to keep awarding themselves way-beyond-cost-of-living salary increases --- and retirement plans that even retiring CEO's with golden parachutes must envy?
It is no wonder that surveys show that the approval rating of Congress is around 17%. I wonder why it isn't about 4%.
I will be glad to send a substantial donation to your organization when the following laws are passed.
That's about all I can think of for now. These laws, when implemented, would go a long way toward getting this country back to being a place we can be proud of.
[Oh ... one more item. Beefing up the laws, continually, to rein in the predators in the financial industries and the top hierarchies of large-corporations would help. They are preying on their fellow citizens and investors. The phrase "free enterprise" has become a dirty word.
In the minds of most citizens (like many in the 80-plus percent who disapprove of the job the Congress is doing), "free enterprise" = "free greed" = "it's OK to do ANY thing to your neighbor, to get his/her money or property".]
If you would please see to it that the topics listed above are more than adequately addressed, then I would be glad to contribute to your campaign coffers.
[another donation-demand pounded citizen]
How about some TRUTH, INSTEAD OF all this GREED!
END OF LETTER.
In 2008, I sent an earlier version of this letter in four pre-paid envelopes that I had saved from previous requests for donations. It felt good dropping that barrage-of-four in the mailbox.
You are welcome to copy this letter and edit it to address your particular issues, with your own emphasis on them.
Perhaps, you find, like I found, that it is difficult to overcome inertia and compose a reply to repeated unsolicited mailings that offend the senses. I think it would be great if this letter can be used to help others overcome their own inertia. Let 'em hear you.
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Posted 2009 Feb.