An Open Letter To Political Fundraisers
Fundraisers, I’ve had it with your manipulation. Because I have occasionally given money to causes you also raise money for, you stuff my mailbox each day with paper, sometimes in duplicate or triplicate mailings. You don’t put your return address on it because you know if you do I won’t even open it. You put your appeals in huge envelopes that don’t fit nicely into my in box. So I now just put them in the circular file.
I am on to your tactics. You try to appeal to my emotions. You imply that if I don’t sign your petition (and send money with it) the country will totally fall apart. I don’t believe you. I really doubt that the $5 I can barely afford to part with is going to save the country.
Yes. I know I have given contributions to the candidates I believe in and want to win. They must have sold you my name for your mailing lists. That doesn’t mean I’m going to give my money to you. I investigate PACs and other political groups carefully before I give away my hard-earned cash. I’ve done enough research to know who will use my money well.
I’m a skeptic. I know you know the causes I believe in and you want me to think you are really concerned about them, too. But I think you are really more interested in raising funds to line the pockets of those you raise money for – not helping my causes. I’m guessing that with all those mailing you send out, you’ve got more money than I have.
So, please. Stop stuffing my mailbox with junk mail if you’re so concerned about having money. Stop sending stamps and dollar bills to get my attention and make me feel obligated. You’re wasting what you do have. I don’t need your mailing to know how to contribute, since you also send me the same email three times each day under the auspices of different organizations. If I want to give you money, I’ll know where to find you. So just stop bothering me or you will never see another dime from me. I mean it.
B. Radisavljevic, ©2013 All Rights Reserved
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