It’s September 30th, the final day of the final fundraising period before election day, and candidates for Congress, U.S. Senate and President are begging their online supporters for a last minute boost.
The 3rd quarter reports, due by Oct. 15, are their last chance to demonstrate strength and avoid a place on the bottom half of PoliticsPA’s Winners and Losers list.
Here’s a look at some of the lamest pleas.
Editor’s note: this list is offered with sympathy from someone who has written more than his share of fundraising emails.
Bob Casey for U.S. Senate:
I wish my record could speak for itself – but the game has changed.
Tom Smith for U.S. Senate:
We’ve raised more than $48,000 online from supporters like you, and we are SO CLOSE to our end of quarter goal of $60,000.
Rep. Jim Gerlach, PA-6
As expected, my opponent has unleashed hundreds of thousands of dollars in attack ads that are false, over-the-top and ridiculous.
Manan Trivedi, Dem for PA-6
Back when I played soccer at Fleetwood High School, the mission was very simple: Play as a team and get the ball in the goal. Somebody should write that on a wall in Congress because they never seem to work towards an end goal that truly serves the American people.
George Badey, Dem for PA-7:
But we’ve just found out that a shadowy Republican SuperPAC is going up on TV right here, and targeting our race. Right now, they’re just putting $35,000 in, but there could be much more coming if we don’t stand up right now and fight back.
Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Dem for PA-13:
To end the ideological gridlock in Washington, we must work together to ensure that I am reelected to Congress, that we re-elect President Obama and elect Democrats up and down the ticket.
Larry Maggi, Dem for PA-18:
With only 10 hours left until this final fundraising quarter is over, my finance director Kathleen tells me that we’re only $2,089 away from meeting our goal.