Adriel has been volunteering with the Mike Gravel 2020 campaign as it seeks to qualify this anti-war candidate for the Democratic Primary Election debates. This is a guest post from Duncan Gammie.
Mike Gravel is running for President and needs your help. But who is he? Gravel, the 88 year old former Senator from Alaska made history in 1971 when he read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record, and is attempting to make history again in 2020 with his campaign for President. Gravel has a strong record as an anti-war, anti-imperialist politician, and has decided to enter the race for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination in order to force certain issues in foreign policy and domestic. The campaign needs sixty-five thousand individual donations to make it to the debate stage, and so far has more donations than many of the other so-called ‘mainstream’ campaigns. In 2008, the last time Gravel ran for President, he made it onto the Democratic debate stage and made a strong performance that continues to resonate today. It is interesting to note that many of the issues that Gravel forced back in 2008, and for which he was roundly disparaged by the pundit class, have entered mainstream Democratic discourse.
This time, the rules are different. The idea behind having individual donations become a benchmark for who gets in the debates or not was due in part to the paradigm shift in campaign funding brought on by the success of the Bernie Sanders campaign. Today, small-dollar donations (and currently the Gravel campaign is asking folks to donate as little as one dollar, if only to meet the requirement to enter the debates) are a significant indicator of grassroots support for your campaign – which, if true, would suggest that Mike Gravel’s 2020 campaign for President, in terms of how much people have decided to donate already, has much more support than campaigns that were thought to be front runners. It is also important to note that the overall number of donations is the best indicator of such grassroots support, rather than total fundraising, since the latter could be achieved with a few high-dollar donors. To donate to the Mike Gravel 2020 campaign is easy, and you can donate online. Gravel has long had a history of bucking the party establishment, and forgoing the easy route many politicians take of catering to their wealthy donors’ every whim, and instead has decided to fight for the rights of all people. His anti-war record has been vindicated again and again by the judgements of history, and it is time to bring Mike Gravel onto the Democratic debate stage once more – and now that it is so easy way to donate, there truly is no excuse.