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Send your fundraising pitches to me

October 9th, 2012 by Steven Gardner

Of all Kitsap Caucus readers I have a request. If you’re getting political fundraising letters in your email, forward them to me at

Don’t send me the ones from Barack Obama’s team or from Mitt Romney’s. Those guys haven’t stopped contacting me. I’m particularly interested in the local races, anything from the 6th Congressional District race on down to state legislative contests.

Since I don’t donate to campaigns (“I am a journalist and, under the modern journalist’s code of Olympian objectivity [and total purity of motive], I am absolved of responsibility. We journalists don’t have to step on roaches. All we have to do is turn on the kitchen light and watch the critters scurry.” — P.J. O’Rourke) I don’t get as many pitches for money. First off, they know I can’t or shouldn’t contribute. Secondly, they know that as a journalist I don’t have any money anyway.

I’m asking because one went out recently that was forwarded to me, but I’d feel better if I had more copies to verify this thing actually went out. Send me anything you’ve got.

It’s generally a bad idea to invite more emails, but in this case I’m willing to take that risk. Besides, I love hearing from you guys. Well, most of you.

I do get some pitches, mostly from people I never asked to contact me. The Committee to Defeat Barack Obama sends a few notes a day, it seems, and just today I found out Kenneth from Bremerton received the time-honored designation as a “Friend of Paul Ryan” by donating $200 to CDBO. Way to go Kenneth! Or maybe I should say “Way to go Paul Ryan! You’ve got a new friend in Bremerton!”

Joe Biden wrote to me personally and told me he and Obama need me to the tune of at least $5. It’s great to be needed, but I just gave my last $5 to the economy. I’m a job creator that way.

Don’t send me those letters. Congress on down.

Thanks, I guess.


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