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The 2012 campaign is going to cost more money than ever before.

Let's face it, we can't fight for working people at the ballot box (or anywhere else) without spending money. We don't represent the owners of the businesses that pay for and control, directly and indirectly, the major political parties. The capitalists are not going to help us -- not one cent. We need your help to to challenge them in this election.

In 2010 we ran a great slate of candidates. Five of our eight statewide candidates were women. Every one of our statewide candidates received more votes than our candidate for the same office in 2006, except for one (Karen Martinez for state treasurer) and she got over 200,000 votes -- enough to maintain our ballot status until 2014. Our top vote getter in 2010 was Dina Padilla for Insurance Commissioner. She received close to 300,000 votes.

While our candidates did very well, we were unable to stop the passage of Proposition 14 in June 2010. Prop 14 will keep us off future general election ballots. In fact, it will keep all small party and independent candidates off of the November ballot. We and others are fighting in court to have Proposition 14 overturned. Once the inevitable appeals are filed, the lawsuit will cost tens of thousands of dollars. We need your help to defeat Prop. 14.

As one of the side effects of Prop 14, it now costs more just to get your name printed on the ballot. Under the old rules, it was quite feasible to collect petition signatures to eliminate or at least reduce the filing fee of up to $3,800 (the figure for U.S. Senate). We were usually able to cover filing fees by collecting signatures. Now it takes 10,000 signatures to cover the whole filing fee for U.S. Senate or statewide office. Although the amount of effort involved is daunting, we're working on it to get Marsha Feinland on the ballot. But each signature is only worth about 38 cents. In order to stand up for working people, we need your help to pay these filing fees.

Please help us continue our electoral progress by contributing $20.12 -- or any other amount -- to our 2012 campaign. No amount is too small (we don't have to mention that no amount is too large).

You may specify that your contribution is to be used specifically for Prop. 14 or specifically for candidate filing fees. When using PayPal, you need to click on "Add message to Peace and Freedom Party" to let us know about this. All contributions not designated for a specific purpose will help our candidates wage a more effective election campaign.

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If you would rather drop $20.12 (or any other amount) on us by check, please make it payable to Peace and Freedom Party and mail to:

Peace and Freedom Party
P.O. Box 24764
Oakland, California 94623

Please let us know what your donation is for by putting "Prop. 14", "filing fees" or "campaign" in the memo of your check.

P.S. If $20.12 is too little for you (or too much) adjust accordingly.

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