WHERE WE'RE GOING

WHERE WE'RE GOING
When you join, or give money to, an organization, 
you want to know its mission and long-term goals align with your values.
You already know our mission. Here's where we're going:


1. KEEP DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING, BUT BIGGER AND BETTER

In 2015, Kansans asked us to "fix" 27 state legislators. We raised over $8,000--enough to take on 19 targets., defeating 10 of them. But contributions dried up at a crucial point in the campaign, as donors pivoted to candidates. Looking ahead to 2018, we examined other models, choosing to evolve into a membership organization because it provided a steady stream of revenue. Plus, each contributor would be asked to give only once, so long as they paid their dues. If we can quickly reach our goal of 500 members, that's a potential $50,000 we can use in 2018:

2. COMPLETE THE PROCESS TO BECOME A FEDERAL SUPERPAC

It's at least counter-intuitive, if not hypocritical. Nobody hates Citizens United more than we do. There's nothing like scraping together enough for a trip to Washington, see senator after congressman after bureaucrat, tell your heartfelt story repeatedly... only to hear those seven words. Every. Single. Time. Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, it doesn't matter: "Who's got the money on your side?" It's a feeling we wouldn't wish on our worst enemies. Okay, we would. But whether we like it or not--and while we should be working to elect people committed to overturning Citizens United--these are still the rules of engagement at the present time. We struggle to get memberships at $60 a year... and the Kansas Chamber makes four phone calls and grosses nearly $60,000. There are larger donors interested in what we are doing, but currently, they're limited to giving us $2000 per cycle--and $2000 when the other side can do 30 times that in just four phone calls is just throwing good money after bad.  We can fix this by becoming a federal SuperPAC. 

3. BUILD A STAFF AND VOLUNTEER STRUCTURE

Right now, we have a staff of one--one person with a full-time job, three businesses and another PAC to manage.
And we're now growing into our fourth state... with more to come.
To grow everywhere we've been invited will take a lot of work--and since cloning hasn't been perfected yet and nobody can be in two or more places at the same time, we need to find another way. 
Our short-term goal is to reach critical mass (that's 500 members in each state) in five states. That would produce enough over a two-year election cycle to cover the salary of a full-time Executive Director.
As we reach critical mass in a combination of five additional states, the goal is to add additional staff.  
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