I ran in a Democratic Primary for the U.S. House of Representatives attempting to primary an incumbent from the left. I was predictably unsuccessful, but vastly exceeded all of my most realistic expectations (did not finish last, though it was a nail biter). It was important to me to try to do something this cycle, and this was the place where I felt my voice would best be heard sending a message out to a significant audience size. I also wanted to set an important baseline. What could be accomplished if a candidate completely shuns donations or any of the traditional campaign avenues that generally have to be engaged in to have success?
I think money in politics is a cancer, and the only way it can be removed is to start winning elections without it. What’s easy to learn is that it’s impossible to ‘win’ without it, but it is possible to have some success and possibly set a baseline smallest amount of expenditures to be competitive. It would probably take 3 cycles under this least amount of money spent model to make it very close against a similar incumbent. The thing that was most important to me was crafting a message that informed the voter exactly what I believe in, so they could make an informed decision. Due to the sheer amount of issues I gave my positions on, it possibly could have reduced the pool of voters who might have selected my name on the ballot and that’s exactly what should have happened.
If there’s interest, I’m willing to talk about everything that went on in the election, including how much money I spent. Any info I give will make it much easier to identify who I am, so I would appreciate it if my name doesn’t appear in this thread.