Here is my response in another letter.
I've been a politician for less than five months. In this time, I've met thousands of people, many of whom have very strong opinions about the way politicians run campaigns. They are upset with the candidate asking for money. They are upset if the candidate raises hundreds of thousands of dollars. They are livid that millions are spent in advertising. All of this compounds when the candidate loses.
As a resourceful person, a writer, a person who has worked at a newspaper, I believe that I could run this race honestly and on a lower budget than the candidates in the past. You see, when I have to pay for something, it doesn't come from my pocket. It comes from a donor, and I want that dollar to go as far as it can. Having to pay for everything I do perpetuates the special interest donor group and messaging problems that have gotten us to this point in Washington because it requires me to find more big donors to keep up with the demands of all the fees.
We the people need a free press. We need the freedom to expound on our grievances with government and to show alternatives. Not all free press needs to be negative. If someone is "self-promoting", the alternative would have been to point out the faults of others. For our republic to work, we need to have an ability for our people to really have a chance to get to know why they should vote for someone. As many people as possible need to be informed about their right to vote, to know ahead of time the moment they can have a voice.
I am disturbed that as soon as an everyday citizen becomes a candidate there would be a monetary obligation to tell the public who she is. It's no wonder we have a ruling class in Washington with incumbents of 26 to 30 years. Washington has grown stagnant--ideas going in with no solutions going out. The press has gained mediums. The candidates of the people have been exploited. Nothing is solved.
It may be also worth noting that as a candidate, I have joyfully made sacrifices to run-- including my career and my income. I campaign NOT for profit. And yet, we are charged the highest fees in parades-- like $500 in Willmar. No discounts allowed anywhere. We are forced to provide extra disclaimers that take up much more print space and must be included on every paid printed item. When I do a radio spot for 30 seconds, it's really 22 because the last 8 seconds are telling you who paid for it and my treasurer. There are so many ways the campaign is taxed, it is no wonder people say you need $1 million to just run a campaign. That's not winning it.
I had hoped that with our free society, the freedom of the Internet, that somehow I would be able to communicate with the voter who has not become technological and has no access to all the press I put on my website. I had hoped that I as a candidate, who reaches out to communicate, would be understood as simply doing her best to get to the voters. Our problem isn't just Washington. It's the policies of organizations and businesses and the press that act with protectionism for itself and forgets the purpose of that entity's existence.
Thank you for showing me yet again why I must not give up in this run for Congress! I support your freedom to not print, your freedom to run a business for profit. I just ask for more understanding of what we face here as candidates and ask that you would reconsider the policy.
Amanda Lynn Hinson