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Green Change: Ben Manski running a “breakthrough campaign” for Wisconsin legislature

Email from Marnie Glickman at Green Change:

Dear Paulie,

Ben Manski’s campaign for state representative in Wisconsin is exceptional. Ben is a bold, experienced Green leader. He is running a stellar grassroots campaign. He can win.

His opponent is a corporate lobbyist who was paid $192,000 to lobby for the coal industry. His opponent has also been falsely claiming endorsements from Wisconsin leaders like Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin.

Ben has the people power to win. More than 140 volunteers are working for him to get-out-the-vote on Election Day.

Now he needs more financial power. He’s raised $30,000 so far. He aims to raise $20,000 in the next 11 days to secure the resources he needs to win this race.

Please give what you can today at

Below is a letter from Matt Gonzalez, former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a member of the Green Change Board of Directors, and David Cobb, the 2004 Green Party presidential candidate, about Ben’s campaign. They are supporting his campaign too. Please join us and donate today.


Marnie Glickman
Executive director
Green Change

October 22, 2010


What would it take to elect an independent, green progressive to a major legislative body, someone who has the courage and strength to stand up to the lobbyists and the corporations, yet also has a history of bringing progressive minded people together to fight the good fight?

It would take a progressive with years of commitment to progressive causes who is well known and respected as a leader in his community. And it would take a community that doesn’t shy away from progressive traditions.

We have just that perfect storm happening in Madison, Wisconsin where Ben Manski is running for State Representative.

We are appealing to you for help to get him elected.

Madison, Wisconsin is one of the most progressive cities in the world. It was the home of the Progressive Party in the 1930s, of the anti-war movement in the 1960s, and of the student global justice movement in the 1990s. A long-serving progressive Democrat recently announced his retirement from the State Assembly, and this opened up the perfect district – progressive, environmentally active, and politically engaged.

Ben Manski, a youthful and charismatic veteran in the progressive political movement, has been on the front lines of social justice causes, environmental activism and green politics for nearly 25 years. He was an effective and well-regarded chair of our national political party. He led the No Stolen Elections! campaigns. He founded the Liberty Tree Foundation to build a democracy movement for the U.S.A.. This past year, he helped launch the Move to Amend coalition to overcome corporate personhood. And best of all, he grew up in this particular state assembly district and has been living there for most of the past 30 years.

Check out his website at

He is the perfect candidate.

Ben Manski knows how to run a campaign, and he knows how to win. He’s already won:

* The support of the teachers union, the firefighters union, the TA union, animal rights and student groups, and the powerful local political party, Progressive Dane.

* Endorsements from leading Democrats, including the current secretary of state, a former state attorney general, a former mayor, a current village president, a current school board president, and nearly 30 other local elected officials.

* The backing of Madison’s progressive newspaper, The Capital Times, which has never before endorsed a Green Party candidate in a partisan race.

* Public endorsements from two of the four candidates who faced Ben’s opponent in the Democratic primary.

Ben Manski is the kind of candidate that can make a race neck and neck for $30,000, and can map out a victory for $50,000. Guess what? He’s passed $30,000 with just 11 days remaining. Now is the time to give Ben Manski the resources he needs to win this race.

This is likely the best chance across the nation to put a green in a legislative seat and show Americans how electing Greens to important posts can improve their lives and address issues they genuinely care about. It could have transformative effects around the country.

Friends, we need your help today: . . . Every dollar helps and every hour we wait is an hour lost to make a difference.

~ Matt Gonzalez & David Cobb

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  1. paulie paulie October 22, 2010

    Are you saying that all these people have called for Bloomberg to run as a Green Party candidate?

    That doesn’t sound very believable, I’d like some more confirmation on that. Maybe I misunderstood?

  2. Carey Campbell Carey Campbell October 22, 2010

    Ben Manski is running a fine campaign.

    Wanted to just drop in our press release that I haven’t seen here at IPR from a few days back.

    The purpose of the press conference was misreported, and misrpresented elsewhere.

    We had more Green Party candidates wanting to participate than we could get in the program. So we apologize to those we missed. The two hours flew by. We’ve launched a new IndependentGreen web channel. That should shortly have 50 videos of Green Party candidates commenting on their campaigns.

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