June numbers – What are we spending money on?
Recently, a reporter reached out for some early insights into the FEC numbers we will be releasing in the next few days. Compared to candidates with more personal wealth and with ties to one percenters whose whole families are maxing out to their campaigns, our cash receipts and expenditures probably will look insignificant, but we also have no overhead, no staff, and the largest amoun
t of our recurring expenses are in just two areas – the cost of getting around the district in our very efficient Mazda 2 compact car, and printing simple one-color handbills that we have distributed to thousands of voters across the district in parades, on doors and at events we’ve attended, like the Wadena and Aitkin County Fairs.
Our competitors are spending large sums on social media ads and in full color oversized direct mail pieces. They have raised and spent huge sums on an unsuccessful attempt to sell their candidacies to Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party delegates who rejected them. We are beginning to win, and up to the deadline, winning just cost about $600.00 (mostly on the $300.00 filing fee) and the time it takes to actually meet voters, listen to them, present a popular platform we’ve already invested years of advocacy in, and urge them to do their part, to vote and volunteer.
The true cost of a campaign run in the mold of Paul Wellstone and now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is measured in pairs of shoes destroyed while canvassing doors. Help us reach more doors with our simple handbills and volunteer-run campaign: Donate $25 now to Soren Sorensen for US House and we will keep winning the “Wellstone Way.”