*** Update: Kathy won the NY-26 special election on 3/24/2011 ***
The NY-26 special election is important for so many reasons. An otherwise conservative district is in play for Democrats thanks to a shirtless congressman and a far-right entitlement agenda. This election can do for Democrats in 2012 what the Scott Brown election did for Republicans in 2010. Winning this election would be a sign that momentum has shifted to the left.
Additionally, corporations and the wealthy have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into this race to run manipulative ads against Kathy Hochul (D). Amongst these organizations is Karl Rove’s American Crossroads Super-PAC. They have spent over $350,000.00 on ads & other forms of communications in the NY-26 race. A 2010 analysis of the organization determined that 91% of their funding comes from billionaires.
So, it is up to every day Americans to pool their resources to combat this kind of corporate manipulation. Even if it’s just in a small way, let’s do our part.
If you’d like to donate, even as little as $10, please visit the ActBlue page we set up for Kathy’s campaign at: https://secure.actblue.com/page/pacmen (scroll down to see the donation box for Kathy.