Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Does High Overhead And Not Raising What No On 8 Needs: A Recipe For Disaster

>         Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 8:05 AM
>         Having worked on state ballot measure campaigns, I can tell
>         you this report is not out of line (much). You naturally don't
>         spend money on direct voter contact (with a limited budget)
>         until weeks before the election when voters are paying
>         attention. That said, this looks kinda high on the overhead
>         costs for a campaign that is going to not raise what it truly
>         needs. -- That alone tells you this is a Democrat run project.
>         ; ) What we ought to be concerned about is their cash on hand
>         figure. if they are burning through the money as it comes in
>         and obviously have very high staff and consultant expenditures
>         one has to worry about whether they will have money to reach
>         voters. Campaign staff in a statewide election can only do so
>         much. On our state ballot measure campaigns we had a field
>         staff of about 6-8, two press people, an internal
>         communications person, a message development person, the ad
>         folk (and all but the field staff were on the consultant's
>         staff so part of their fee).
>         I am very happy to see the polling dollars being spent. That
>         tells me they understand the importance of shaping the message
>         (Something Log Cabin should learn some day as well) I think it
>         interesting that EQCA tells the plebes to donate to the
>         campaign but charges the campaign for office space. But it
>         looks in line with what you expect at this point. It's all
>         about the staff working the organizations to get endorsements
>         and preparing your message. That is how we will be able to
>         judge their efforts by the end of September -- the number and
>         quality of the endorsements and the free media coverage
>         generated. I do confess though that they have already falled
>         short in their first major hurdel -- the ballot arguments.
>         where are the moderate Republicans? If they can sow confusion
>         in the minds of middle of the road GOP folk or show they
>         aren't alone in their thoughts... Ward Connerly would have
>         been a slam dunk. Or even the Governor. But as we all know,
>         they don't get it so that's why we had to go off on our own.
>         FYI, I asked about the rumored big, splashy, "NO ON 8" fundraiser
>         that was supposed to be happening. It is not. (For Briggs, they
>         had the Hollywood Bowl) They could not get it together. I cannot
>         believe I was told that, but in reading what is out there, it
>         looks like that big fundraiser isn't happening.