Skip to main content

Robin Kelly today reported that 5,254 individuals have donated $417,727.19 to join Robin Kelly's fight against the NRA.
Goal Thermometer

5,254.

Click on the Act Blue icon on the right and be an addition to the 5,254 individuals that have donated to Robin Kelly for Congress and 5,254 individuals have donated to put an end to the tyranny of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and in Illinois, the Illinois State Rifle Association.

5,254.

That is the number of individual donors that have contributed to the Robin Kelly for Congress campaign, or better know as the fight to start to diminish the undue influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Robin Kelly, candidate for the 2nd Illinois Congressional district, is picking up steam and great momentum with big-time endorsements and a high-profile national campaign targeting the undue influence in politics of the National Rifle Association. As the campaign heads toward election day of Tuesday, Feb. 26., Robin Kelly released her fundraising numbers through Feb. 13. The report shows that Robin Kelly has thus far has raised $417,727.19, from 5,254 individuals, making small "grassroots" donations averaging $79.50.

The activist endorsement of Markos Moulitsas of the Daily Kos makes up 85 percent of her total donors, as 4,456 of these donors emanated from the Daily Kos., as was pointed out in his latest posting appropriately titled, "Robin Kelly crushing it with donors, endorsements, reality."

The Daily Kos community also accounts for $80,937 of that total, or over 19 percent of her entire fundraising haul. Markos Moulitsas is "the leading" progressive voice in America and the Daily Kos is "the leading" progressive platform in America.

Markos Moulitsas says that to help deal a blow to the NRA's continued power in Congress, The Daily Kos is enthusiastically supporting Robin Kelly in the upcoming Illinois 2nd Congressional District primary. Markos has been encouraging donors to help by contributing $3 (or more!) to her campaign.

The fundraising in this campaign, is reminiscent of the Obama style of "grassroots" fundraising. In large part that credit belongs to Markos Moulitsas. "Grassroots" is something that Robin Kelly knows plenty about, having been a significant early supporter of Barack Obama in 2003 in his longshot bid to become a United States Senator. And later in his highly improbable longshot bid to become President of the United States.

Robin Kelly has remained a strong political friend of President Obama and is a close personal friend of President Obama to this day.

“I am humbled by the outpouring of 'grassroots' supporters who have joined my campaign to end gun violence and bring safety, prosperity and opportunity to every citizen of the second Congressional district. I see a renaissance in the wings for Chicago and the Southland. In Congress, I will fight every day to make our communities ones where we can be proud to live, work, and shop, and where no one has to live in fear of gun violence.”

The fundraising success comes on the heels of several high profile endorsements earlier this week, including Congressman Danny Davis, Congressman Bobby Rush, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Each cited Kelly’s strong and consistent record of supporting gun safety measures to stem the tide of gun violence, as well as her ethical approach and readiness to lead on the first day.

Eight-term Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said at a recent press conference that "I'm endorsing Robin because Congress needs someone who is going to fight for strong gun violence prevention laws, and Robin Kelly is that candidate. Robin has the experience to hit the ground running and the passion to make a difference."

She said about her outpouring of national support in the form of Super PAC support, in typical Robin Kelly fashion. "I am the strongest candidate in this race. Guns is not an issue for me, it is a philosophy for me."

In addition to the Schakowsky, Rush and Davis endorsements, Robin Kelly also received the coveted endorsement of the Chicago Tribune. She was also recently endorsed by over 100 ministers. who are members of the International Ministers & Community Alliance at the Holy Zion Church in Chicago.

In addition, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Super PAC, Independence USA, has poured nearly one million dollars into the race. The momentum is moving toward the Robin Kelly campaign and overwhelming her opponents campaigns.

Goal Thermometer

Robin Kelly is the only candidate in the race to issue a five-point pledge to combat gun violence.

    • Pass a strong, comprehensive ban on assault weapons.

    • Eliminate the gun show loophole.

    • Ban the use of high capacity ammunition magazines, like those used in Newtown and Aurora.

    • Pledge never to receive support from organizations, like the NRA, that oppose reasonable gun safety legislation.

    • Support current laws that prohibit conceal and carry permits.

To donate to the Robin Kelly for Congress campaign, click on the contribution Act Blue page.

Send John Presta an email and your story ideas or suggestions, johnpresta@att.net.

John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns and is currently an unpaid volunteer for the Robin Kelly for Congress campaign. Robin Kelly also has a facebook fan page.

Suggested by the author:
Jan Schakowsky endorses Robin Kelly as the list of influential endorsements grow
Robin Kelly echoes President Obama's call that America 'deserves a vote' on guns
Robin Kelly is going to Washington to attend State of the Union at the Capitol
Robin Kelly endorsed by Congressman Bobby Rush and Danny Davis as support grows
Robin Kelly endorsed by Chicago Tribune, citing her integrity and work ethic

Originally posted to Mr. Grassroots on Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:11 AM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA).

Poll

I will donate to Robin Kelly for Congress

36%4 votes
18%2 votes
9%1 votes
18%2 votes
18%2 votes

| 11 votes | Vote | Results

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site