Last week the NRA released their best fundraising numbers in over a decade. From POLITICO:
“The committee’s fundraising pace in January and February alone has doubled from the previous cycle. Its PAC ends the month with a $4 million war chest.”
Meanwhile, communities across America continue to be plagued by devastating gun violence. Every night the stories on the news get worse and worse. Aurora, Newtown, Oak Creek, and here in Chicago, where honors student Hadiya Pendelton and precious six-month old Jonylah Watkins were killed by gunfire, just to name a few.
Yet the NRA raises more and more money. Simply put, it’s unacceptable.
The wave of public opinion is with us. The rest of the country knows that what’s happening on our streets, in our communities and in our schools has to be stopped. They know that common sense gun reforms like universal background checks and high capacity ammunition magazine bans will save lives. So the NRA is doubling down for a fight. They’re pinning their hopes on big moneyed special interests - and they’re gaining strength.
We can’t let them win. And with you on my side they won’t. I am so grateful for the support I’ve received from the Daily Kos community. A big part of the reason why I am the Democratic nominee for Congress in IL-2 is you. But our work has just begun.
This isn’t going to be easy, but we know it’s the right thing to do. We need to make sure that our malls; our places of worship, our streets and our schools are safe and gun-free for all of us. Thank you so much for being part of my team!
Tomorrow, voters in the 2nd District in Illinois will go to the polls to vote for their new representative. The day before Election Day is a busy day for candidates, but I want to take some time now between campaign events to chat a bit with the Daily Kos community.
It's no secret that you guys are a key part of why we're so close to victory. It's a tight race and we are working like we're 20 points down and not taking anything for granted as we get out the vote. But no one would have imaged even 6 weeks ago that we would be where we are today.
I want to personally thank the Daily Kos community for all that you have done for my campaign (yes, it is me at my laptop not just a staffer!). It's not just the grassroots donations that have helped us get on the air and get our message directly to voters. We've had Daily Kos volunteers walk into our offices and knock on doors. Other netroots groups have joined in as well (Moveon, CREDO SuperPac, DFA). This is, above all, a grassroots campaign built from the bottom up, and it's why I'm here today to say thank you.
You can use the comments section to ask me any questions you may have on policy, my background, what my plans are if elected, etc. I would also like to know a bit more about this community as well, so be on the lookout because I'll ask a few too.
I'm looking forward to our discussion. Thank you again for your support. It means the world to me.
Last night I had the privilege to be Congressman Bobby Rush’s guest to the State of the Union address. I could not agree more with President Obama’s call to action on gun violence prevention.
I’ve seen firsthand the devastating effects that gun crimes have on our community, and I’ve been there with the families who have suffered unspeakable tragedies. As the President said so eloquently last night, "they deserve a vote!"
They deserve a vote to end the cycle of violence. They deserve a vote to keep automatic weapons off our streets. They deserve a vote to close dangerous loopholes and outlaw high capacity ammunition clips. They deserve a vote to keep our families safe.
My name is Robin Kelly, and I am running to be Illinois’ next State Treasurer.
I’m writing today because, in the true spirit of this community, I want to engage in a thoughtful dialogue about the challenges facing Illinois. I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas, and I look forward to sharing my ideas and plans for the Treasurer’s Office.
As some of you may know, I am currently the Chief of Staff to State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. But, before I began working in the Treasurer’s Office I was a state legislator and a community leader.