Any time an organization undergoes major changes, there are a lot of questions.
Additionally, if this is the first time you've visited us, you probably have questions of your own.
The only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask. If there's something you don't see, please feel to use our contact form, or email us at email@example.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is It's Time to Fix Stupid?
It's Time to Fix Stupid is a non-partisan, grassroots organization. If you want to get technical about it, we're a Federal membership Political Action Committee. Our parent organization, the It's Time to Fix Stupid Foundation, a 501(c)4 educational organization.
Why did It's Time to Fix Stupid become a membership organization?
There are a number of reasons:
I'm a member of the Facebook group. Doesn't that already make me a member?
- During the 2016 election cycle, we found as we got closer to "drop-dead" (the absolute deadline for purchasing advertising prior to Election Day), the harder it became to raise money. As a result, we were unable to fund 20 of our 27 targets--even though we were able to defeat 10 of them.
- As a result, we began to look at possible alternatives. We chose the membership model because recurring monthly revenue is preferable to sending constant emails and appeals on social media for funds. This way, we only ask you only once a year for money.
- There is strength in numbers--if 500 people in each state contributes $5/month, over a two-year election cycle, that would equal $50,000--enough to make us a force in almost any state.
- Since our inception, we have been invited into 10 additional states: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. To become a national organization, you need a national structure.
If you are an Exempt Member, yes. An Exempt Member falls into one of three categories:
If you contributed during the 2016 election cycle, you are considered a Provisional Member until April 1, 2018.
- A member who joined prior to April 1, 2015;
- An elected official, or an announced candidate running during the 2018 election cycle;
- Or an officer or designated member of an Allied Organization.
If you have not yet joined or contributed to the ITtFS Foundation, you are considered a guest until April 1, 2018.
What makes It's Time to Fix Stupid different from other organizations?
I'm not comfortable with PACs and "dark money".
- First of all, we're a non-partisan organization. We're not here to build either party. Our main purpose as a PAC is to get rid of the bad actors in state and local government before they can become Congressmen, Senators... and Presidential candidates.
- Who decides who these "bad actors" are? You do. You nominate them on our "Stupid Tuesday" nomination form and select your targets on our "Stupid Tuesday" ballot.
- We're not a loose group of people who get together once a week to discuss "doing something". We know our role, and we stick to it.
You're not alone. If you've ever lobbied in Washington (and don't have a seven-figure salary to show for it), you've played out this scene more than once: You're part of a group of "average citizens" ushered into a lawmaker's office (or, just as often, ushered out into a hallway to speak to an aide). Each of you pours your heart out, telling their own unique story--and then the elected stares at you blankly and says, "Okay, who's got the money on your side?". I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. Well, yes I would, since they've got the money on their side. But two points remain: 1) PACs have been a part of the American political landscape for over 40 years, and they're not going to go away overnight. 2) Like with anything else in life, if you want to change the rules, you must first play by them.
I don't like negative advertising.
Remember the late Chuck Barris, the creator of The Gong Show, The Dating Game
and The Newlywed Game? In case you are unable to remember, he produced game shows (well, The Gong Show was sort
of a game) that were funny. In a 1980 interview, he said, "When we go into a genre, we eliminate it". We want to do the same thing to negative political advertising--and if you look at Washburn University's registry of political ads, it appears we were at least moderately successful. Most of the negative ads on the other side during the 2016 cycle were mailers, which means they were mostly read by older people who had already made up their minds. As far as the notion that all negative political ads are lies, many do stretch the truth quite thinly. But every negative political ad for television must
be sourced. And after nearly 40 years in newspapers, radio, and television, if I were to say something that I deliberately knew not to be true, I would never be able to face my colleagues again--many of whom are longtime friends... some of whom are members of my own family.