A few moments ago, I received an email from the Ed Gillespie for Senate campaign. Entitled “a last request”, the campaign makes one more pitch for funds asking, “Will you click here to contribute a suggested donation of $10 to help our campaign pay our final bills?”
Yes, campaigns are certainly expensive endeavors. Each one seems to demand greater resources than the previous cycle.
Looking at it from my own personal experience, my run for city council always seemed to press me for more cash. Did I want more money? Of course! With additional funding I could have done so much more, such as placing ads in the newspaper or on the radio or perhaps creating a few yard signs that some people seem to think are absolutely necessary. But, at the end of the day, I allocated my resources the best I knew how and avoiding spending money I didn’t have. My reasoning was that if a person is unable to exercise fiscal responsibility in his or her campaign, why should we entrust them with such power in local, state, or national government?
The Gillespie campaign came amazing close to victory and campaign deficit spending is certainly not unique to their effort. Nevertheless, I’d recommend that campaigns exercise a little more discretion in their spending. After all, who wants to send out an email after the election is over asking for money? And who is willing to donate at this point, especially to a candidate that didn’t win?