My first political donation

I’ve always been reluctant to make any financial contribution to an
American election campaign, mainly because the result always appeared
to be pre-determined, usually with major donations. The current US
Presidential campaign, as we head into ‘Super-Dooper Tuesday’ on 5
February, will see many millions of dollars spent on television
advertising and the like, any my puny $25 is a proverbial drop in the
ocean. Yet Obama’s campaign has brought out so much new activism, that
if each of us who never gave a penny before donated just a 10-dollar
bill here, and a 20-dollar bill there, we can already see the
difference it makes…

[The auto-generated form letter that I forwarded to hopefully
sympathetic friends. Remember, you must be a US citizen to make a
donation.]

Hi, I just took the next step towards owning a piece of the
political process; I made a donation to Barack Obama’s presidential
campaign.

But it’s going to take more than just me and the others who’ve acted so far. It’s going to take a movement.

It’s going to take millions of people to beat back the avalanche of
dollars from Washington lobbyists and special interests, who are
planning to spend more money than ever to try to own our political
process and dictate our policies in Washington.

We’re not going to play that game.

Barack Obama is not taking any contributions from Washington lobbyists or political action committees.

We’re going to transform the political process by bringing together
hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans in a campaign that’s owned
by no one but the people.

Will you join us by making a donation?

donate.barackobama.com/donateinvite

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