I don't want your money because I don't want to be a hypocrite, unlike most of today's politicians.
While the vast majority of people agree that we should get the money out of politics, almost all politicians actively solicit money anyway. Go to the Web site for any other candidate for Governor right now and tell me what you see front and center on their home page? You see a 'Donate' button, or a 'Contribute' button, or they have a less direct approach, a 'Crowd Funded' or a 'Chip In' button. You won't find one on my Web site.
I know there is a difference between big money donors, publicly funded money, and small donors, but it is still all a matter of degrees. It is still money that is used to buy ads no one wants to see, to send mailers no one wants to get, and to make robocalls no one wants to hear. If there is no money in politics, people can make up their own minds based upon the candidates themselves, not the image of them that is created to manipulate you.
I am not going to market myself to you. And I am not going to take money from anyone. Ever. Instead, I am going to follow the lead of former Wisconsin Senator William Proxmire, who refused all campaign contributions the last two times he ran for the U.S. Senate.
I don't want your money. First and foremost, I want you to help yourself, your family, and your community. Get educated about what is going on with your neighborhood, with your city, with your state, and get involved. That involvement can take many forms, but it all starts with you. Realize that you do matter, that you can make a difference in someone's life, and in your own life. It can be as easy as the simple kindness of helping your neighbor shovel snow, or it can be starting a neighborhood social club, or it can be volunteering at a local food bank. It doesn't have to be running for office, though you can do that too.
And finally, if you like what I have to say and you'd like to help me change this broken system of ours, talk to your friends about the three keys of 1.) Taking back our government, 2.) Leaving it better than we found it, and 3.) Being kind.
If it makes sense to them, encourage them to talk to their friends, and so on, and on, and on...