Sunday, September 30, 2012

Political Vampire Groups (PVG)

As many of you know, there are all kinds of political organizations out there soliciting funds for their pet political projects. Most of them align with either the Democratic or Republican parties. We have all heard from them at one time or another. During election season they usually ramp up their contact efforts.

The rest claim independence but usually receive their lion's share of donations from those belonging or affiliating themselves with one particular political party. These self-proclaimed independents fundraise through email and mailing lists of individuals affiliated with the political party most closely aligned with their beliefs and they host seminars and lectures or publish books and brochures which target specific audiences, usually Republican. A few groups mining the Republican side for donations are fond of attacking Republican candidates for office, with some slating and supporting candidates during the last primary. They demand perfection in a Republican candidate with perfection being defined as 100% belief in their views. Any deviation from their particular views or the Republican party platform is viewed as a heresy to be publicly scorned. They refuse to acknowledge that parts of both party platforms are often cobbled together by various special interest groups.

November 6th is a mere 37 days away. Early voting starts on October 22, a mere 21 days away.  All candidates listed on the ballot are scrambling for increased donations to pay for campaigning, which unfortunately has become and more expensive.  

Beware of what I call Political Vampire Groups (PVG) when making your donations. Donate directly to the candidates you support. A classic example is what occurred last week with the Arie Friedman vs. Julie Morrison State Senator campaign (29th District). Click here to read my prior article when two PVG political groups attempted to influence voters about certain candidates. Often, when they sink their fangs into campaigns, voters end up being the losers.

Political Vampire Groups (PVG) usually are one issue groups. Their single issue often is vastly more important to them than the average voter or citizen of Illinois. They bombard candidates for office with questionnaires and often use the answers to their questions against those very same candidates. Many candidates have wisely refused to answer questions from Political Vampire Groups (PVG).

Political Vampire Groups (PVG) maintain offices and have paid staffers, including salaried executive directors. PVGs have an undying interest in maintaining the issue they are passionate about alive and once they sink their fangs into it, they never let go. Victories in Washington, DC or Springfield are rarely savored by PVG fangers. They just bite down harder and push the envelope on their PVG issues to advance them further down the road. If PVGs declare victory, they are out of business, because they suddenly have no reason to exist.

When you decide to part with your hard earned money make sure every penny counts. Donate it directly to the candidate of your choice. If you decide to donate to a Political Vampire Group (PVG), do your homework about them first. Remember vampire Bill Compton's famous saying on HBO's True Blood: "Vampires always turn on the ones they love the most in the end."

Ask anyone who has run for office if Vampire Bill is right about Political Vampire Groups (PVG).

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree more....and these PVG's have been good at getting republicans beat in general elections. How's that working for us? There is nothing wrong with having strong beliefs and holding to them, but at the same time these people need to realize, for their own good, that often their idea of a perfect candidate is unelectable.