We’re counting on this community.
We knew coming into this campaign that its early stages would unfold in roughly three phases.
The first was to convince Americans that a small-town Mayor with a funny-sounding Maltese name was a viable candidate for President. On the strength of our vision, the urgency of our convictions, and some help from phonetic pronunciation (BOOT-edge-edge), we’ve done that. We’ve climbed in the polls and been on two debate stages, and now, we continue to earn opportunities to share our plans with more and more Americans — plans to build a prosperous future for us all.
The second was to show that we’ve got grassroots energy on our side. We posted the strongest fundraising total of the whole quarter — and we did it competing with well-established candidates. We are building a new kind of campaign, and Americans are showing their support by personally investing in this vision.
Now it’s time for Phase Three. This is the phase where we harness our vision for taking on urgent, generational fights — and turn it into the kind of person-to-person organizing that wins support and leads to people caucusing and voting for my campaign.
But scaling a campaign — and scaling it as quickly as we have — takes resources. People. Buildings. Equipment. We need to raise a lot of money to build a campaign strong enough to win a new era, and that’s why I’m writing today.
Here’s what we’re thinking: We’re challenging ourselves to raise $750,000 by midnight. That won’t get us all the way to what we need for more offices, or for all the hires we need to make. But it’ll go a long way, and I’d be grateful if you chipped in.
It has been one of the honors of my life to be part of this campaign. I’ve been invited into homes and communities to talk about the problems that have gone unaddressed and the urgency of taking a new approach. I’ve heard directly about the deep fears, and the inspiring sources of hope, that motivate people across the country. It all reinforces the stakes of this moment and the power of a new vision.
So as this nominating contest moves towards caucuses and votes in a few short months, we’re rising to meet the moment. We’re opening twenty offices and hiring 100 organizers in Iowa. In New Hampshire, we’re launching twelve offices and hiring 60 organizers. We’re in this campaign because we take seriously the urgency of the challenges we face and know meeting them means thinking big and following through.
But all the challenges we face require this of us: that we take them on together. I’m asking for your support because demonstrating the size of our team and the strength of our purpose will send a signal to others that we’re going to win.
You’ll hear from others on the team today about Phase Three, and I’m thankful for your attention to our strategy. We’re thinking big, and the only way to achieve big things is to pursue them together.
Pete for America
PO Box 1226
South Bend, IN 46624