Whenever I talk to pundits and political pros, the first (and often second, third, and fourth) question they ask is about money. Having a passionate party with great ideas is one thing, but funding it is a whole other story. Other third parties have failed because of a lack of sufficient funds. How will the Federalist Party be different?
We’re opening up to the standard practice of accepting contributions from members. The difference is that we have no intention of making this our primary form of revenue. It’s important to get the ball rolling through investments by those who believe in what we’re doing, but it’s just the start. Over time, we’ll be introducing some other standard practices such as selling Federalist merchandise. More importantly, we’ll be exploring ways to generate revenue by actually earning it. It’s crazy, I know, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t apply our talents and the talents of members towards the goal of earning revenue just like any business in America.
It’s important to understand that operating the party as a business does not mean we’re operating the party for profit. We will keep overhead low, particularly when it comes to salaries. Nobody employed by the Federalist Party will be getting rich. Once we start assigning salaries (everyone is currently a volunteer, including me), they will be reasonable. Frugality is a virtue that every Federalist Party employee must embrace. Every penny raised will be used to push the national party, state parties, and candidates forward.
For this party to succeed, we need money. This is why we’re not going to go down the same path as any other party. The two major parties use big corporate donations. We will not. In fact, we can make a Constitutional case against accepting money from large corporations since the vast majority of them generate revenue in other countries.
We also won’t go down the path of failure that third parties invariably travel. They spend a good chunk of their time trying to convince big-money donors to give them a chance. It almost never works. This is why they’re all struggling just to get boots on the ground in many states or to run for local elections. They simply can’t afford to run their dream candidate as a sacrificial lamb in the presidential races and still support those running in local races. This is a huge mistake.
Throughout history, our nation has had moments when a brave group of people stood up and made things happen against seemingly insurmountable odds. From the Mayflower to the Revolutionary War to the civil rights movement, people who were tired of the status quo stood up and had their names counted. It took courage, effort, and help from above, but they succeeded. We intend to succeed as well, God willing. Are you willing to help?
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