The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.
A lot of people said it was hopeless for Elizabeth to run for Senate against Scott Brown in 2012.
He had high approval ratings, nearly $10 million in the bank, and promises from Wall Street executives that they’d spend whatever it would take to re-elect him.
But Elizabeth jumped into the fight anyway. And she wasn’t alone. With grassroots donations from people like you, we were able to build a movement and beat the powerful special interests.
She became the best senator that money can’t buy, and she’s continuing that fight with her presidential campaign today. But she can’t do it without you. Chip in $3 or whatever you can to own a piece of our grassroots campaign.
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Wall Street did everything it could to keep Elizabeth — and the voices of our grassroots movement — out of the Senate.
After all, Elizabeth had fought to hold the big banks accountable for crashing our economy, and she’d helped launch the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to get rid of the tricks and traps in the financial industry.
So Wall Street bankers and big CEOs weren’t eager to have Elizabeth staring them down from a seat on the Senate Banking Committee.
How did we win anyway?
We sent emails like this one asking people to donate what they can, when they can, so we could compete with the truckloads of money from Wall Street. And it worked.
Every time she went out on the trail, she met people who told her they’d chipped in. They said a hundred variations of “We contributed because we believe in you.”
It was the most expensive Senate race in the country that year. But we didn’t just close the money gap with Scott Brown.We outraised him.And more than 80 percent of our contributions were for $50 or less.
All of those grassroots donations paid off.
We were able to open local offices all over the state, get TV ads on the air, and build a grassroots campaign that knocked on more than 300,000 doors and made more than 700,000 phone calls the weekend before the election.
And we won. By eight points. David beat Goliath. In the end, it wasn’t about Elizabeth. It was about all of us, and what we can accomplish when we work side by side.