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For Jeb Bush, A Very Different Class Of Kickstarter

Across America, people are working hard to raise a bit of money to support projects that will make the world a better place. They aren’t asking for huge donations – just a few dollars here and there. In return for these donations, they are providing concrete products and services. However, they’re struggling to get just a bit of what they need.

Kragnes Family Farms is seeking seven thousand dollars in crowdfunding to build a greenhouse in which to grow seedlings for food crops. They have successfully reached out to 37 small donors, but with just nine days left in their effort, they have less than half the money they need.

GlobalPost is running a Kickstarter effort to finance the hiring of an editor for its reporting on the human impacts of war. So far, the publication has raised just over five thousand dollars, from pledgers promising between ten and one hundred and fifty dollars.

Nation Of Change has begun a fundraising campaign to finance a documentary film about the corrupt influence of dark money in American politics. “End Dark Money is a new campaign designed to expose the truth to millions of Americans via the internet. We are creating a documentary-style film that outlines the shocking realities of corporate money in the American political system,” the group explains. So far, the group has raised three dollars to support the project.

Then there’s Jeb Bush. Today, Jeb Bush is going to two fundraising events in Illinois. He’s asking for money so that he can promote himself and gain the power of the President of the United States in 2016.

At his first fundraiser today, at a club in Chicago, Jeb Bush is being hosted by William Kunkler, vice president at CC Industries, a company that is helping wealthy American families to invest their money in factories in China, instead of in jobs in the USA. At this event, Bush is demanding one thousand dollars in exchange for the right to stand in the same room as him.

That’s nothing compared with the price of attendance at the fundraising dinner Jeb Bush is holding in Lake Forest, Illinois this evening. The cost of attending that dinner is a $25,000 donation.

That’s ten thousand dollars more than a low wage worker makes in an entire year.

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3 thoughts on “For Jeb Bush, A Very Different Class Of Kickstarter”

  1. Charles Manning says:

    I take it you’re contrasting Bush and the others mentioned by emphasizing Bush has access to millions of dollars compared to a few dollars for worthy progressive ventures. But don’t lose focus. Bush is a proxy for those bankrolling him. The key to understanding his campaign lies in examining the views of William Kunkler and those putting down $1,000 to stand in a room with Bush, or $25,000 each to attend a dinner with him. The MSM will never delve into the political opinions of those wealthy supporters, or into the secret agreements Bush makes with them to obtain the money he needs to gain political status similar to that of his father and grandfather. First step: identify the donors. Second step: question them concerning their views on critical issues like climate change, the “war on terror,” minimum wage, raising taxes on the wealthy, religious freedom (or freedom from religion), etc. Third step: question Bush about his agreement with his supporters. Fourth step: picket the supporters (not Bush) to make public the views of those funding Bush’s rise to power.

  2. Ella says:

    Thank you Charles Manning! We also need to consider those facts when considering all of the other candidates.

    1. Dave says:

      Thank you, Ella. A cursory search of Obama fundraising dinners shows some as high as 38,000 dollars a plate. Sorry, J, but a post like this might be more relevant if you took on all politicians and their wealthy patrons, not just the ones you don’t like.

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