David S. Bernstein brings us this little nugget of campaign finance news on Twitter:
Avellone reports $788 raised 1st half April. Not a typo. #magov
— David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) April 18, 2014
<satire> <— NOTE: For those who can’t tell the difference, the satire begins here. The news of the $788 is genuine. Just click on the link to David S. Bernstein’s tweet.
A furious Joe Avellone has responded with an angry email to delegates to the state convention.
When I entered the governor’s race in January 2013 I had one thing on my mind, how best to serve the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As a lifelong Democrat I have always wanted to run for office. I started by volunteering for Senator Kennedy in New Hampshire in 1980. I worked on Paul Tsongas’s presidential campaign in 1992, and on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. I believe that my skillset is perfectly suited for the challenges that Massachusetts faces today. My experiences in the private sector, combined with my service as a town selectman and officer in the Naval Reserves, will allow me to get the results Massachusetts needs.
I started this race by talking to voters all across this Commonwealth. I visited over 140 towns last year talking to middle class families about the problems that they are facing. I focused on gateway cities and towns that haven’t seen the economic recovery that much of Greater Boston has. But then the State Party and the other four candidates hasn’t shared their vast resources with my campaign, and I had to change course. I went from talking to voters all across the Commonwealth to soliciting funds from activist Democrats who have already refused to support my candidacy.
This week, I sent out a letter to all elected delegates alerting them to the lack of equity in campaign funding. I told them upfront that my lack of funds would limit participation in our democratic process and it would go against our ideals of fairness and equality. I’m not looking for pity. I’m looking for a fair shot. When I entered this race I knew that I faced an uphill battle, but when people didn’t contribute to my campaign, the hill only got bigger. As Democrats we always talk about giving every individual an equal opportunity at success. My lack of contributions is diametrically opposed to that very idea. Private donations favor party insiders and candidates with wide name recognition.
Elections best serve the people when multiple viewpoints are put forward. I firmly believe that all of the five Democratic candidates could serve this Commonwealth well if elected as the next Governor of Massachusetts. I believe that the wide range of backgrounds of all five of the candidates adds to this campaign and makes each candidate better. It’s clear that all candidates for Governor have brought new ideas to this campaign that will make our party better. That’s why I am asking the other candidates to give me 15% of their campaign contributions.
As Democrats, let’s have an open primary that allows all Democrats to have a say in choosing our nominee.