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Raising money is the dirty underbelly of our democracy. And that’s why I do not take money from PACs or special interest groups. I do this in order to set an example because until we have meaningful campaign finance reform our democracy will be up for sale.  

Our campaign has shown that you don’t have to raise millions to compete. Just look at the most recent SurveyUSA/WTVD poll.  We are running in a dead heat against an established insider who has outspent us three to one.  Now, with 28 days left, we need your help to push us over the top.

I need to be competitive with my well-financed opponent which means that I have to ask you for money.  Money buys expensive television time, gas to fuel my campaign car (an Escape Hybrid) and campaign materials to distribute.  

What’s different about our fundraising is that we are building a base of grassroots donors whose money sends a message to the Inside the Beltway crowd: "We are NOT for sale".

From day one, our campaign has been about the simple, profound idea that the people deserve a voice in our democracy.  Whether in Washington or in Raleigh, the special interest dollar all too often trumps the voice of the people, and it has been that way for as long as I can remember.  

This year...we have the unique opportunity to vote for what we want...not what we think we can get.  

I hope you will join me in this quest to change politics as usual.  Join 10 for Jim.  Make a donation.  Sign up to help.   But, whatever you do, don’t sit on the sidelines.  There is groundbreaking, monumental change within our reach...let’s go out and grab it.

Originally posted to Neals Way on Wed Apr 09, 2008 at 08:36 AM PDT.

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