Green Party activist Edy: The Green Party taking money from Republicans (or Democrats) a bad thing?

Email from Green Party activist Edy:


Forward this around the country!! Thanks!!

So I had a conversation online and the question came up if it would be un-Green like to take money from Republicans in order to help fund a campaign. Ralph Nader didn’t do it in his 2000, 2004 runs to give you some perspective, but what about the rest of the Greens?

I would suppose I would personally be ok with the idea, as long as the money wasn’t directly donated by some corporation.(Figuring out if it was directly donated from a corporation could be tricky).

What if the money was given to us by Democrats? Would that be more acceptable? What if the race involved only a Green up against a Republican and a Democrat donated money to our campaign? Again, as long as it’s not corporation money.

I know how much big money is tied up with both parties, so taking money which isn’t necessarily corporate-donated could be tricky.

The point that I want to make is that we are a political party. We are playing hardball against both corporate parties. No more time for saying “Next time” or “I’m busy.” (Insert not so important issue/excuse that you couldn’t give two hours a week to help the Green Party). We need money. That’s the reality. This is not the time to be timid or over-sensitive to the Green Party stance. Remember, what is the goal? To elect Green Party representatives and to improve the lives of our fellow citizens.

In addition, many of you might know (or might not know) about a special election being held in New York for a Congressional seat. Ian Murphy, who was the famed Koch impersonator that called Governor Walker pretending to be one of the corporate industry-owners, talked with the New York Green Party and decided to run as a Green Party member for the 26th district.

{Following the sex scandal driven resignation of Republican Chris Lee in NY-26, Scott Walker’s prank caller Ian Murphy, editor of the irreverent Buffalo Beast web site, was selected by the Green Party to be its candidate for a special election.
“For us, it is a great opportunity to come forward with a candidate who has made a name for himself in the last few months,” said state Green Party Treasurer Eric Jones.
Murphy has embraced the Green Party’s platform more than other potential candidates, Jones said, including support for universal health care and union rights.
The special election will be held May 24.
Green Party co-chairman Peter LaVenia said
“The local out in western New York has talked to a number of different candidates, and they forwarded the recommendation, [..Murphy..] was the only one that they came to the conclusion represents Green values … and is willing to change his registration to Green and run as a Green.”}

Now here’s what we can do. We can help out with his campaign by giving some time to phonebank for him. We can do it, guys! Imagine 15, 25, 50 people around the country helping! Imagine the possibilities with all the angry Wisconsinites who are willing to help! Let’s do it, guys! By electing Ian Murphy, it can have a ripple effect across the US and for the Green Party! Do it for everything that’s wrong with the US political system!

-Edy, a concerned Green Party member

2 thoughts on “Green Party activist Edy: The Green Party taking money from Republicans (or Democrats) a bad thing?

  1. TinFoilCap & JockeyShorts to Match

    “The point that I want to make is that we are a political party. We are playing hardball against both corporate parties. No more time for saying “Next time” or “I’m busy.” (Insert not so important issue/excuse that you couldn’t give two hours a week to help the Green Party). We need money. That’s the reality. This is not the time to be timid or over-sensitive to the Green Party stance. Remember, what is the goal? To elect Green Party representatives and to improve the lives of our fellow citizens.”

    Dern tootin’ MONEY talks, %# walks. All Third Parties need cash and volunteers, not just well wishers. If you can’t volunteer give money, or vicey-versy!

  2. Gene Berkman

    When Richard Nixon was President, seeking to ensure his re-election when he knew Republicans were a minority, he adopted a strategy suggested by Pat Buchanan – funnel money to left-wing splinter parties to split the vote that the Democrats would get.

    In California, the Republican operatives paid filing fees to ensure that Peace & Freedom Party candidates would get on the ballot. In New York, Republican politicos created dummy local committees for The Liberal Party, which qualified candidates running against Democrat incumbents.

    In Texas, the Nixon administration used government grants to community agencies in South Texas to bribe leaders of the Raza Unida Party, so that they would not endorse George McGovern for President.

    It is different when Democrats contribute to a Green Party candidate because they don’t like their own party candidate, or when Republicans contribute to Libertarian campaigns.

    Alternative Party candidates,for their part, should concentrate on making a positive case for their views, and talk less about how they can split the vote to “punish” an incumbent.

    The LP candidate for Governor of California in 1994 talked about how he would throw the election to the Democrat – he thought this would get publicity if he could do this. Talking this way mostly just offended potential conservative and libertarian supporters of his campaign.

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