Aug 15, 2022
The article below was submitted by a subscriber to our newsletter. We appreciate Mr. Maier taking the time to write this piece and share his experience and advice.
Why Small Donations are Important
Here we are in the midst of the local election cycle. Many of us know some of the candidates and some of us don’t know any of the candidates. As a new property owner in Tyron and soon to be resident, I don’t know anything about NC candidates, the political environment or how things get done. I am looking forward to leaving my 65 year home state of Maryland to become a resident and full time community volunteer to help things go well.
There are a few things I know about campaigning. In 1994 I ran for the MD State Senate in District 12. I worked hard, worked long hours, kept running my business and did the best to keep up with my family of 4 children. Raising money was not my desire but a necessary part of campaigning. Selling people on the idea that I was a good investment in Campaign Contributions was very hard for me.
Before making a decision to run for an office, you need to do the numbers as far as voters are concerned. How many Republicans, Democrats, Independents in the district, what are the voting patterns, how many swing voters, how many volunteers will I need. Literature, yard signs, bumper stickers etc. all have to be decided upon. My race would be a hard one to win was the prediction from the numbers guy who told me the very best I could hope for was to lose the race by 500 votes. My district was 2 Democrats for every 1 Republican. But the swing voters seem to make the difference, and I liked the odds, so I filed to run.
Making a long story short, I lost the race. I lost the race by 800 votes. A political newcomer nearly upset a career politician.
So, what was the difference? I overcame the name recognitions issue, I knocked on 8633 doors, I went to community meetings upon community meetings, more than my opponent did. I worked and worked and worked but still came up short. The difference truly ended up being Money, the mother’s milk of politics. I thought I could outwork my opponent to make up for the lack of funds. I spent about $35,000 on my race. He spent $78,000 on the race.
Here is what I believe would have made all the difference in the world. Small donations from many, many people, $5, $10, $20 contributions add up very quickly. All of the people I met, all the time spent, and just having 1000 people give me $20 would have given me the opportunity to do that one more thing to change the 401 minds. I received over 16,000 votes. Would it guarantee a win, no. My opponent spent $1.20 more for every one dollars I spent. If the extra $20,000 would have been available, he would only have been able to spend 40 cents more for every one dollar I spent.
Trump endorsed candidates have mostly made it over the primary finish line but our job it to get them over the General Election Finish Line. In Maryland, our Governor Hogan decided because the Trump endorsed candidate is not to his liking, he is not going to support him. He is actually working against him by talking poorly about him. So what chance does Dan Cox have in Maryland. . . . the grassroots can overcome an opponents’ month-long trip out of state to raise money among the rich and famous.
Don’t let your candidate come up a little short because of a little money.
David Maier 34 Hunting Country Trail, Tryon, NC – part time
1218 Mansion Woods Road, Annapolis, MD 21401
The IRS on CRACK
President Obama weaponized the IRS with directives designed to target conservative groups and inflict as much pain as possible on them as they sought 501c3 status. Recall the name Lois Lerner, the ‘hatchet woman’.
Not to be outdone, Comrade Biden is arming and training IRS agents to storm residences and use lethal force if necessary against taxpaying America citizens, employing the very weapons (assault rifles) he plans to confiscate from us. When will you have had enough.
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We have a gun raffle each year to help raise funds for the Polk County Republican Party. Each year so far, a local winner takes home the prize. With your help, we hope to have another successful raffle this year. All funds go to maintain our beautiful facility and support the activities of the local Party. All ticket sales will be online only this year, no paper tickets, to save money and make purchase more convenient.
This year, we’re announcing a runner up prize of $100 for the 2nd place winner. So, get your card ready and get your ticket(s) today
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This section of the newsletter includes Polk County GOP events plus those activities and events of other counties in the NCGOP 11th District that are relatively close to us.
Tues, Aug 16th, 4PM - 5PM. NCGOP Family First Roundtable. Featuring local leaders, elected officials, and candidates as we discuss the kitchen-table issues most affecting families in the area. From the economy to education and beyond, NCGOP Chairman Michael Whatley will guide a discussion with leading stakeholders about the challenge NC families face. Location: Reformation Presbyterian Church, 120 Seventh Ave W, Hendersonville NC 28792.
SAT, Aug 20th, 12:30PM. Faith, Family & Freedom Rally, hosted by Transylvania GOP. Guest speaker, Lt Governor Robinson. Location: Anchor Baptist Church, 3232 Hendersonville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768. A Faith-based, patriotic fun family event. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Fri, Aug 26th, 7 - 9:30PM. Operation Song. This is going to be an amazing event … Nashville coming to Tryon! We helping this group promote their event, in part, because one of our very own veterans will be honored at this event. We hope some of you will be able to come out and support a great organization with an even greater mission. Operation Song is a blessing to our servicemembers and their families. We’re grateful to the contributing artists and founders of this group. Location: Tryon Fine Arts Center. Click here for tickets.
Aug 27th, 2022 11AM – 7PM. A Gathering of “We The People”. Confirmed speakers are Chuck Edwards, US House of Rep, Trey Allen, NC Supreme Court, Judge Standing, Josh Dobson, NC Comm of Labor. Speakers to take the stage at 4PM. Event includes music, food, crafts and lots of patriotic gear for sale. $10 admission for adults, children under 12 are free. Location: Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley 28751.
Wed,, Aug 31st , 2022, 6:00PM. Ted Budd Reception, Taylor Ranch, 1005 Cane Creek Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732. RSVP here.
Thu, Sep 8th, 6:00PM. Polk County Republican Party Meeting. The evening begins with a ‘pot luck’ dinner followed by our business meeting at 6:45PM. If you can join for dinner, we ask that you bring a side dish or dessert or a refreshment. No cost ever to attend. Our meetings are open to all registered Republicans and Independents.
Note: In September, we’ll move to a bi-monthly format, with two (2) meetings each month. Keep up to date in this weekly newsletter and share with your friends.
WE THE PEOPLE speak out
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SHOUT OUT to our community.
We NEED YOU! In the political arena, VICTORY is a team sport. VOLUNTEERS and lots of them are needed for the Republican Party and its candidates to WIN in November. Please reach out to us and offer to spend a few hours a week helping keep Polk County a conservative minded community. Our Precinct Teams located in Tryon, Saluda, Coopers Gap, White Oak, Columbus and Green Creek all need more volunteers. If you’ve been wanting to pitch in, please give a call or email us and we’ll give some details on what’s needed. You can also visit our website to volunteer.
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