There is a lot of money in politics. It goes to consultants, hangers-on and sycophants, connected vendors, paying for tired electoral strategies and whoever and whatever. Maybe some of it goes to good things.
Where the money does not go is to block walkers out in the heat knocking doors for a candidate because they are afraid their granddaughter will be prosecuted if she has a miscarriage. It doesn't go to the committed volunteer who shows up year after year. It doesn't often go to developing new political talent as the same candidates run over and over.
Maybe nobody should volunteer to canvass or phone bank for a well-financed Houston Mayoral candidate or council incumbent or sitting state legislator or for a well-financed non-incumbent.
The great majority of these incumbents and well-connected challengers were missing in action when it came to energizing turnout when so much was at stake in the 2022 Harris County elections. A theme of the 2022 Harris County Democratic campaign was--correctly--that democracy was on the ballot.
Charles Kuffner at the Houston political blog Off The Kuff made this file of Houston municipal campaign filings up the most recent July filing date. Check out who has what money before you offer your time and skills.
There is so much money out there. Get your share. You've earned it likely 20 or 50 or 100 times over. Ask the volunteer coordinator or candidate for money or a gift card or gas money or whatever. Get something. Volunteering is great when it's needed. Exploitation is not great.
John Whitmire and Shelia Jackson Lee are not the issue in 2023. 2023 Houston city elections are about the chance for people who care about the protection and expansion of democracy in Houston to organize, connect across diverse communities, set expectations for candidates & to have frank conversations about self-protection.
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