Want A Better Legislature? Do you Agree that This State Belongs To You, and not Exxon, British Petroleum, Conoco Phillips, Princess Cruise Lines and other outside interests, who benefitted handsomely from legislation passed by our GOP-led legislature in 2013? Well, then we need your help - your donations will be focused on the closest races in the 2014 election so we can elect more Alaska House Democrats to our legislature, and replace one party control with balance in Alaska politics.
Think One party control is OK? Well, here's what it got you in 2013 - bad legislation that would have been fixed with a balanced legislature:
.... A Multi-Billion Dollar Oil Giveaway: Exxon, British Petroleum and other outside oil companies were given roughly $1 - $1.5 billion a year in Alaska's oil wealth - with no requirement to increase production or even invest in Alaska. The biggest part of the legislation they won, and that results in this giveaway, erased Alaska's windfall profits share, which gave Alaska's a fair share when high oil prices resulted in record and near record profits. Under the GOP legislation that passed, companies can take this money and spend it anywhere in the world they wish.
.... A GOP-led legislature rejected Democratic proposals that would have required Alaska investment for reasonable tax breaks - proposals that would not have created a fiscal cliff, and massive deficits into the foreseeable future.
.... Dirtier Cruise Ship Waste Laws: The GOP-led Legislature and Governor made it easier to dump dirtier wastewater in your fishing waters. They voted against smarter options pushed by Democrats and a few moderate Republicans.
.... A 4th year of Educational Cuts: Students learn with individualized attention. Cutting school staff a fourth year in a row in the School Districts representing most of your children moves education and opportunity backwards, not forwards. Democrats responsibly pushed to erase the last four years of school staffing cuts. Republicans blocked these efforts along party lines.
With your help we'll fight for a fair share for our oil, with smart oil policy in place of the current giveaway. We'll continue to work for better schools, job training and a vibrant university system. We'll keep fighting to protect your fishing streams, ocean waters and access to the outdoors. And we'll fight to continue a responsible mining history, and against irresponsible mining that endangers fishing waters.
Simply put, we'll put your interests above corporate interests. We'll work for a friendly business climate, but not for giveaways that put special interests over your interests.
While the Republican's wrote, um, ok, Gerrymandered legislative districts last election to favor their candidates, we can win those districts back with your help.
Our candidates will work hard. But more of us will have to donate to level the playing field.
Please donate as generously as you can. You are allowed to donate up to $5,000 per year (if you are an individual). We'll accept the donations you can afford. If you can donate (if the first number's beyond your reach, read on!) $5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500, $250, $100, $50, or just $10 we'd appreciate your help. We only ask that you donate as much as you are able within your means!
This donation limit does not affect additional donations you can give to individual candidates - you can still give each of them up to $500/year in addition to what you donate to us.
Our goal is, as in the past, to donate our group's legal contribution limit of $10,000 to each of our best candidates in our closest races - that's why the House Democratic Campaign Committee was created. We can donate - like the Republicans do - to candidates on top of what you can give them individually.
*****Also note that if you make donations to other Alaska Democratic Party entities, the $5,000 annual donation limit is cumulative - you can only give $5,000/year to all Democratic Party subgroups, and the Party itself, combined. That includes the House Democratic Campaign Committee, the Alaska Democratic Party, the Tongass, Anchorage and Interior Democrats and the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. If you are able to donate more than $5,000, the Alaska Democratic Party has a federal account that is excluded from this limit, and that you can donate to even if you donate up to this $5,000 limit - you can call Kay Brown at 258-3050 for details.
Or you can donate by mail to the House Democratic Campaign Committee, POB 241084, Anchorage, AK 99524-1084.
Questions? Call Chair Kim Metcalfe at 321-2936; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or call any of Your Favorite Democratic Representatives from the Alaska State House (On their personal numbers, not at work!). Kim has their numbers if you don't. They are all Deputy Treasurers and help this effort. Thank You!