Recently Eric, a longtime Blue America supporter in Mandeville Canyon, contributed $500, over ten times the average Blue America contribution. He divided it evenly between 15 candidates and each candidate got $33.33, except Mary Ellen Balchunis, Doug Applegate, Paul Clements and DuWayne Gregory, who got $33.34 each. The same day, another long-time supporter, Susan in Swarthmore sent in $5,000 and each candidate got $333.33. Everyone was really happy to see hefty contributions like those. That's because none of our candidates are like Florida New Dem Randy Perkins. He needed some money for his flailing campaign on Florida's Treasure Coast recently too. So he wrote himself another $1,000,000 check.
Randy wants to be a congressman. So Randy's buying himself a seat. Randy has nothing to offer working families in Florida's 18th congressional district– but the folks there don't seem to mind. Randy, if he wins, would be replacing another worse-than-zero rich, spoiled congressman, Patrick Murphy. As of the September 30 FEC filing deadline, Perkins had spent $6,236,582 of which $5,802,029 had been self-funded. So the new million makes $6,802,029. I guess he wants that seat bad.
Previously, the only other federal contributions Randy Perkins had ever made were a $2,500 check to Mitt Romney in the hope of defeating Barack Obama, a $28,000 check to the NRCC and checks to conservatives of both parties, like McCain, Rick Perry, Rudy Giuliani and to corrupt Democrats like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings, and Patrick Murphy (of course)… as well as to the the Republican Party of Wisconsin and the Colorado Republican Campaign Committee. Now he calls himself a Democrat– he switched his party ID a few weeks before registering as a candidate– and I don't have the slightest doubt that even if he decides to stay a Democrat after being elected– a 50/50 proposition– he'd vote with the Republicans even more than Patrick Murphy did. And before he declared for the Senate, and started pretending to be a Democrat, Murphy voters with the GOP more than any Democrat in the House except 3 of the worst Blue Dogs of all time.
Aside from Perkins, these are the multimillionaires trying to buy House seats by spending a million dollars or more each:
• Paul Mitchell (R-MI)- $3,577,287
• Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN)- $2,582,150
• Martin Babinec (I-NY)- $2,200,000
• Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX)- $1,850,000
All the other multimillionaires who spent over a million dollars lost their primaries, like Maryland Democrat David Trone ($13,414,225), Tennessee Republican George Flinn ($2,795,000), Florida Republican Mark Freeman ($1,627,756), and Texas Republican Glen Robertson ($1,636,459).
Blue America doesn't have any million dollar donors (not even one). Our average contribution is about $45, although far more people give $20 than $200. If you can afford it, please consider contributing to one or more of the progressive House candidates who need some Get Out the Vote dontions this week and next week, by tapping on the Blue America thermometer below:
“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.” — Sinclair Lewis